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How Rodent Infestation can Affect your Business Reputation

For any commercial operations, pest control is a serious matter to pay attention to. Rodent infestation can have a devastating effect on businesses. If you are a business owner, you cannot underestimate the possible damage of this infestation to your reputation, finances, and ability to earn an income. That is why you must understand the nature of the risk to make smart decisions on how to overcome the rodent infestation. Here’s how the infestation can affect your business reputation:

Health Hazards

There is no need for your customers to see rodents wandering around your premises for issues to arise. Almost all pests carry diseases and bacteria that can result in serious health issues in people who may come in contact with them.

Rodent droppings and urine present health risks. Plus, they are unsightly and can leave a lingering unpleasant smell. If rodents contaminate food and other materials in your premises and cause customers to feel ill, you will be looking at a compensation claim that they may make against your company. Your problem will escalate when an environmental health investigation is carried out. Recovering from these incidents is nearly impossible. Thus, make sure you have expert pest control measures in place such as using electronic pest repellent.

Property Damage

Rodents chew through things. Both mice and rats gnaw at concrete, wood, electrical wiring, and metals. Also, they will gnaw at any stock they can find and eat it. Their ability to damage your property will make your reputation suffer as customers find your premise unsafe, especially if they find damaged electrical wiring you probably did not notice yourself. Customers enter business premises and expect things to be in order and seeing damaged items will not impress them.

In the age of social media, news about your rodent infestation will spread faster than you could imagine. When a customer finds a rat, for instance, running in and around your business space, they will definitely complain about it and may never return again. Plus, they will tell people about their experience. In fact, they may report to the authorities that could trigger an investigation. When your business is found to have a pest control problem, you can have licensing issues to deal with and it won’t be long until your business will make headlines in major newspapers. Keep in mind that word of mouth can kill a business and any news of rodent infestation can soon result in fewer customers doing business with you.

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