A rodent scurrying across a shop floor is not a good look for any business. This is especially true for customers trying to relax while having their colours done. However, rodent activity in salons across the UK is not unusual, and owners shouldn’t be surprised if they start to see signs of the pests in their premises. In fact, salons and hairdressers prove attractive places for both rats and mice, which may seek shelter in cupboards or store rooms, food from crumbs in the kitchen area, and even strands of human hair to make their nests a cosy place for their young.
The trouble is that it can be difficult to keep rodents out of buildings particularly if they are located in shopping parades with other attractive venues for rodents like fast food outlets. Mice, for example, can fit through holes no bigger than the width of a biro. Rats, meanwhile, can enter premises through drains and have even been known to use toilet pipes to get into buildings. On top of that, rodents are difficult pests to control. A mouse only needs three grams of food per day, and they are capable of eating from up to 70 different food sources in 24 hours.
Infestations can cause a loss of revenue due to reputational damage and negative customer reviews, as well as damage to equipment. In extreme circumstances rodent activity can even force salons to close while treatment is carried out to control or remove the infestation. There are things salon owners and managers can do to spot the signs of any activity, as well as preventative measures they can implement to help keep rodents out.
Salon owners and managers should constantly be on the lookout for the tell-tale signs of a rodent problem. These include:
You might not think that one mouse sighting warrants immediate attention, but a problem can quickly escalate into something more serious if left untreated. Rodents like to stay hidden out of sight as it helps them feel safe, so just one pest could indicate a larger problem. They also have a relatively quick reproduction cycle, so failing to act could create the conditions for an isolated issue to turn into a full infestation. This not only poses a risk to health and safety, but also other assets within your business.
Prevention is definitely better than a cure when it comes to rodents, so a proactive pest management strategy is vital.
Three steps to rodent-proof your salon
Whether you’re dealing with a pest problem or are simply looking to prevent one, it’s important that you know who to contact. It’s the role of external contractors to be fully up-to-date on the latest legislation changes in their area of expertise. Pest controllers are no different, so if you’re in any doubt as to what the best methods of pest control are, and which traps or treatments are appropriate, then it’s always best to check with the experts.