This blog contains a checklist of the 9 best practice proofing tips you can employ in your building construction - including sealing exterior cracks, crevices, gaps and openings - to prevent pests and the problems associated with them.
Rentokil’s pest control services provide the highest levels of risk management, reassurance and responsiveness to protect your brand reputation, supply chain and operations. We specialise in providing pest control treatments, fumigation treatments as well as residual disinfection and pre-construction termite protection services to keep your commercial and residential properties pest-free.
How do pests access a building?
Pests by their very nature are adaptable, and this means that they will utilise any means available to access food, water and a safe space to nest. Rodents and many other pests breed at an alarming rate if left unattended. They can cause damage to property structures, equipment and stock with their constant gnawing, shedding and fouling - which is why proofing to prevent entry in the first place is so important.
Rats are good jumpers, can squeeze through small gaps and climb along electrical cables or use overhanging branches to get into buildings by any means necessary. They’re good swimmers, too, and will happily swim up damaged sewer pipes or use drainpipes and drainage outlets. (Find out more about this in our blog post: Did you know? Mice and rats are extremely resilient)
Rentokil provides assistance with a range of proofing solutions to help protect your business from all pest entry. Internal proofing will also restrict pest movement inside, which will limit the spread of infestations. Proofing solutions will:
- fill gaps, whether small or large
- protect cable trays and pipes through floors/walls
- use mesh to prevent rodent entry
- proof doors against heavy infestation
- prevent rodents climbing
- protect entry via loading areas and roller doors
We've summed up 9 of the most important pest prevention best practice tips related to proofing in your building below:
We're certain that implementing these proofing best practice tips for preventing pests while you are building, renovating or simply occupying premises will go a long way to eliminating pests and the problems associated with them.
Book a free pest risk survey with one of our pest experts today to ensure that your establishment is completely pest-free. You can also download this and our other checklists in our free Pest Prevention Best Practices eBook.