Hotels and accommodation play a vital role in popularizing any tourist destination. Hotels are important globally as providing the facilities for recreation, entertainment, meeting, conferences and business transmission. Rodents are a problem not only because of the diseases they can carry like salmonella, typhus, plague, and Hantavirus etc. Rodent and insect sighting in a restaurant area or worse in a guestroom could severely damage your reputation and result in the loss of the customers. As the weather gets colder, pests start moving indoors seeking food and warmth. Rats and mice are among some of the biggest pest threats to hospitality businesses. From the warm laundry rooms creating a perfect nesting environment to kitchens full of tasty treats, hotels offer great respite for these pests. Rodent and insects infestations in the hotel can spell disaster for a number of reasons.
Rodents and insect cause costly damage to the property. Since rodent teeth are continuously growing, they are constantly gnawing on things. If these pests stumble upon some wiring, this can lead to a power outage and be replacing some electrical wires. Burrowing rodents can also cause extensive damage to sewer systems.
In the search for food, rodents may find their way to food cache. Rats and mice are attracted to hotels by the food supplies in kitchens, restaurants, and waste storage areas. Populations can quickly build up if there are poor food and waste handling practices.
It is not just guests’ reactions to rodents and insects that can damage a hotel business; rodents and insects can contaminate food and surfaces they run along with a range of diseases. Contamination from rodents can lead to transmission of a number of diseases including Salmonella and Hantavirus. These diseases can be spread through direct contacts like a bite, or contamination of any food or water with droppings or urine. In addition to the bacteria and disease rodents carry, they also carry parasites like ticks, fleas, and lice which come with their own list of transmissible diseases.
All rodents and insects need moisture to survive – rats need half to one fluid ounce of free-standing water each day, while mice can often glean enough water from the foods they eat. Rats find water sources around perspiring soda and ice machines, leaky pipes, and HVAC units and around water fountains.
Though windows and doors are common sites of entry, holes, and cracks around doors, windows, vents and utility penetrations are often overlooked as entry points. Rodents can squeeze through surprisingly small openings – rats can fit through holes, while mice only need a dime-sized space to enter. Since rodents can enlarge any size hole by gnawing.
Let us consider some news articles:
Rodent droppings shut down 4 San Fernando Valley restaurants
By Stephanie K. Baer, 20th July 2017, LA Daily News
Five restaurants in Los Angeles were temporarily closed last week due to major public health hazards.
Facilities had their health permits suspended for cockroach infestations, according to a report from the Los Angeles County Public Health Department.
Restaurants and markets whose permits are suspended must close until another inspection determines the problems have been fixed. Closures can occur during routine and owner-initiated inspections, complaint investigations, and reinspections.
The department did not provide details about the nature of the rodent and cockroach and rodent infestations — like the number of cockroaches or rodent droppings and wherein the facility they were found.
Rats and mice found in Adelphi hotel kitchens
By Alan Weston, 20 Jun 2017, Echo news
An environmental health expert who inspected the kitchens at Liverpool’s Adelphi hotel reported she had “never encountered a food business with such a persistent problem of pests.”
These inspections found live cockroaches in restaurant kitchens, unclean floor surfaces and evidence of rats and mice.
The findings were revealed during a hearing at Liverpool Magistrates’ Court, where Adelphi owners Britannia Hotels Ltd (BHL) were charged with a string of food safety breaches.
The case was initially listed for trial after BHL denied a total of 20 charges brought by Liverpool City Council.
The charges related to failing to have adequate procedures in place to control pests, failing to keep food premises clean, and failing to prevent pests from accessing food premises.
From the above evidence, it is clear that pests can be a huge problem to the hotel industry. How can such issues caused by rodents be handled?
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The unpleasant experience with our products is imprinted within animals memory and passed on its progeny. RodrepelTM is available in liquid concentrate which can be diluted in paints. The product is available in lacquer form which is a direct application. This product can be directly applied in the kitchen, laundry areas etc. to avoid damages due to rodents. The product is compliant with RoHS, RoHS2, and REACH and is FIFRA exempted.