The risks and costs of having rodents in your business

The presence of rodents in our business has a negative and not only economic impact. These annoying and unwanted visitors transmit a series of diseases that can seriously affect us. Here are some of the consequences of not fighting a plague in time in our company:

1. Economic losses

In Latin America 127,000,000 tons of food are wasted annually, causing losses estimated at US $ 940,000 million a year, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).

The alarming thing about this data is that 72% of the food is lost during its handling, distribution, storage and processing. Damage to products due to the action of pests -such as rodents- is one of the causes of post-harvest and storage losses.

In addition, when we talk about the impact that the presence of mice has on our business, we are not only referring to the damage suffered by stored food. Its way of nesting can also generate serious problems in the infrastructure of any establishment: walls, doors, tanks, wiring, etc. These also represent an impact on a company’s expenses.

For this reason, it is necessary to maintain good hygiene habits: avoid accumulating garbage and eventually clean the containers. Likewise, it is advisable to hire a specialized rodent control service to prevent infestations.

2. Lethal diseases and viruses

Rodents are carriers of some parasites, such as lice, ticks, fleas, mites, among others. These are a source of diseases that can be transmitted in various ways. One of the most common is coming into direct contact with the urine or excrement of the animal.

For its part, scratches or bites produced on merchandise also put our workers and consumers at risk. Especially if they eat affected food. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that some 600 million people get sick each year from eating contaminated food.

Among the main diseases that these animals can transmit are salmonellosis, leptospirosis and hantavirus. The latter caused an alert in early 2019, after registering an outbreak in southern Argentina and Chile.

3. Bad reputation

No business is safe from a reputational crisis, but there are ways around it. That is why it is essential to give hygiene the importance it deserves. In a world where instantaneity reigns and the news goes viral easily, a bad image can also generate economic losses.

A rodent infestation can affect companies of any type. However, in this regard, establishments that handle and dispense food must exercise greater caution than others. This is because the waste they emit is the main attraction for rats and other unwanted species.

Additionally, the presence of this pest can also generate fines or penalties. It is not in vain that various countries maintain the importance of a strict health inspection regime. Failure to comply with food safety and hygiene regulations can even cause companies to close temporarily or permanently.