It’s all most winter. It’s cold outside, there’s snow in some parts of the country and we’ve had some good rain in northern California. It makes you just want to find a nice cozy part of the house to cuddle up, maybe even in front of a roaring fire. Guess what, there’s vermin out there also looking for a nice spot to crash, in your warehouse! When the weather changes and the rains begin there are critters looking for a nice spot to spend the winter and maybe raise a family. So why extend them any kind of invitation? To you that pile of cardboard may not look like a luxury bed but an infestation of mice will turn it into a rodent hotel. The overflow of trash may not look like a cafeteria to you, but to a rodent it’s a score!
The good news is there are several things you can do to deter that invasion, and most of them you probably already have in place. It’s a good time to step up your visual checks around the warehouse. The tin cats will give you a great indication of any increased activity. Also visual checks for rodent droppings and other signs of activity such as gnawed open bags of dried products and shreds of cardboard or paper.
Did you know that a rat only needs a whole the size of a quarter to get into your warehouse and a mouse as little as 2 cm? Again, check for and seal all the holes in the external walls, doors and floors around your warehouse which will help strengthen your defense preventing critters getting in. In addition to making sure the tin cats are in place and not damaged, verify that the poison feeders outside, around the warehouse are filled and ready. Don’t offer any camoflouge for the vermin and have all grass along the perimeter cut down and shrubs trimmed. Keep dock doors closed when not in use.
The most important step is to keep your warehouse clean and organized and free of temptation. The cardboard and plastic you bundle for recycling keep it turning over often and store the bales off the floor especially when there are going to be long periods of inactivity in the warehouse. Make sure you have a policy that any food product cases that are damaged or leaking are removed immediatley. Keep the yard area in front of the docks free and clear of trash by sweeping on a regular basis and be sure to clean the area under the dock levelers. Don’t let incoming trucks sweep out their trailers onto the grounds. Empty the trash cans from the caferteria or lunchroom at the end of each workday. Make sure the trash bin outside can be closed and it is also free of holes. Hopefully these tips will help you avoid unwanted guest for the holidays.