It’s not too often you hear about a rat bringing down an entire nuclear plant, but then stranger things have happened. The infamous Fukushima nuclear plant had just this misfortune earlier this week, when a rat – that’s right, just one measly rat (15cm long according to reports) – managed to cause a power failure, which took over 24 hours to restore. So, in the case of rats v. nuclear power, the winner is obvious.
However, rats, or rodents in general, shutting down a business operation by chewing through wiring or contaminating the premises is not that uncommon. And all too often, in those instances, rat power usually wins.
Any business where hygiene is of the utmost importance is at particular risk. For example, Pubs, bars and restaurants can’t afford to run the risk of pest contamination because if a pest steps through their ‘door’ its game over for that restaurant.
Nowadays having a 24hr pest security or pest detection, call it what you will, is essential if you want to protect your business from any unwanted pests. This shouldn’t just involve having a professional pest controller regularly checking your business premises for any sign of pest activity, but moreover it should also include employee training and pest awareness. Any good business will recognise that it is in their interest to work together with a professional pest control company for maximum benefit.
New technologies, such as PestNetOnline, aim to provide full detail and transparency over pest activity on business premises and the corrective pest management put in place to tackle any existing problem. Or, if it’s a sudden infestation, it can be quickly tackled to minimise disruption to business and bring the pest problem swiftly under control.
Let’s hope businesses can continue to keep one step ahead of pests and I can continue to go to my local take-away without worrying about rat droppings in my beloved chicken tikka masala.