September 2, 2021 by Greg Meckbach
Tall grass and vegetation are not good choices for areas to park or store construction equipment, trucks, recreational vehicles, campers, trailers or trucks. This is because rodents tend to like tall grass, Northbridge Insurance warns.
“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,” Northbridge Insurance wrote in Rodent control: How to protect your business against nature’s silent nuisance, a recent post to its blog site.
Rodents – including rats, house mice, field mice and squirrels – can cause property damage and become a nuisance to business operations.
RVs, campers, trailers and contractor equipment should be parked or stored in yards or fenced areas where there is no tall grass or vegetation.
“Avoid storage in fields or wooded areas where rodents are commonly found and likely located,” Toronto-based Northbridge Insurance said on the blog post.
Typically, rodents build nests in or around vehicles that are rarely used.
“It’s important to identify and resolve the presence of rodents before they build nests and multiply, which increases rodent activity,” the insurer advises.
Examples of where rodents might construct their nests in vehicles include:
Northbridge advises fleet managers to ensure vehicles are inspected often, whether they are used frequently, abandoned, stationary, or only stored in a garage for the season.
“This helps prevent the colonization or infestation of a vehicle. When starting a vehicle that has been idle for an extended period, air out the vehicle and inspect the air intakes and filters before starting the engine.”
Other measures you can take to reduce the risk of rodent damage include:
If you are investigating or cleaning up a rodent infestation, Northbridge advises that you first disconnect batteries. This can help eliminate the chance of battery-related fires.
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