In both rural and urban settings, we face one of nature’s little annoyances – rodents. Rodents include rats, house mice, field mice, and squirrels. They are considered pests as they can cause property damage and become a nuisance to business operations. In buildings, rodents can destroy walls and chew through electrical wiring, insulation, furnishing, products, and other materials.

Building nests

Rodents also pose a problem outdoors in the open, whether in yards, lots, waste areas, or other accessible locations. They look for warm, cozy locations to construct nests. Typically, they build nests in or around vehicles (cars, trucks, RVs, campers, etc.) and contractor equipment that is rarely used. It’s important to identify and resolve the presence of rodents before they build nests and multiply, which increases rodent activity.

Rodents can use the following as nesting materials:

Rodents can construct their nests in the following locations:

If buildings, vehicles, and equipment are left unattended and unoperated for long periods, there is a high chance of rodents finding their way in and nesting.

Signs of destruction

There are signs that can alert you to the fact that rodents are infesting your building, vehicle, or equipment. Common signs to be on the lookout for are chew marks, droppings, tracks, holes, grease marks, musky or rotting odours, and noises. If you notice any of these signs, it is likely that one of your workspaces contains a nest or at the very least, a rodent was looking around for a place to stay. That’s why it’s important to be aware of signs that could indicate you were visited by rodents. These sensory cues are often the first indications that  damage has been done.

The impact of damages

It is very costly to repair damages due to rodent infestations. It can impact your business by resulting in damages to your property, lost operational time (use of vehicles and equipment), and lost revenue (sale of vehicles and equipment). At the same time, it can also be hazardous to your health.

Tips to protect against rodent infestations

Rodent control is a matter to prioritize. Although rodent issues are common, there are steps you can take to minimize the problem and to help prevent losses. Remember to perform a routine inspection of your workspaces and storage areas, and to utilize repellents and devices that can help protect your property from damages and costly claims.

Be prepared with the right coverage for your business

But you can’t always stop things from going wrong, which is why it’s so important to have the appropriate coverage in place. Visit our business insurance page to learn more.

Original source: