Methods for a safer office reopening—
Part 2: rodent dangers
by Tommy Underhill
June 20, 2021
This is the second installment of a four-part series addressing steps to make the office reopening safer for you and your staff. Part one addressed eliminating musty smells and unpleasant odors from an unexpectedly-abandoned office. This article’s focus is on eliminating rodent-borne dangers from your workspace. The next articles will cover cockroaches and bed bugs.
Many office were hastily abandoned in the Spring or early Summer of 2020 without a proper deep cleaning. Most of us anticipated a quick return to the office in a few week’s time. Any food waste that wasn’t properly disposed of will have attracted hungry cockroaches, and possibly rodents. Any bed bugs that were in the building will probably still be there... and will be hungry!
Both rodents and cockroaches like lots of things we’ve provided for their nourishment and enjoyment:
- A scrap of bread dropped behind the desk.
- Sandwich crumbs never swept up below a table or along the edges of the walls.
- Sunflower seeds carelessly spilled on the floor.
- A candy wrapper left in the trash can.
- Food debris swept under the fridge.
- Bathroom waste residue at the bottom of a trash can.
- An empty soda can forgotten on a desk.
- Wiring insulation in a wall or connected to office equipment.
- PVC or plastic water pipes
Many people correctly see rodents as a serious health hazard. They can bite you and, according to the CDC, can carry diseases including the following: Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome, Hemorrhagic Fever with Renal Syndrome, Lassa Fever, Leptospirosis, Lymphocytic Chorio-meningitis (LCM), Omsk Hemorrhagic Fever, Plague, Rat-Bite Fever, Salmonellosis
The greatest danger from rodents is not their bite: rodents urinate and defecate as they scurry around an office. You can find their droppings wherever they go; you typically cannot easily see urine residue. Rodent scat is the carrier for many diseases and we can come into contact with it everywhere a rodent has gone in search of food or water.
The CDC reports the most common pathways for spreading rodent-borne disease include eating food or drinking water contaminated with urine from infected animals, contact through the skin or mucous membranes (such as inside the nose) with water or soil that is contaminated with the urine from infected animals, breathing in dust that is contaminated with rodent urine or droppings, direct contact with rodents or their urine and droppings.
Hantavirus outbreaks over the past decade have focused the nation’s attention on the need for vector control— and the reopening of offices will benefit from the attention to rodents. However, killing and removal of the infectious rodents do little to alleviate the bacteria and viruses the animals distribute throughout their environment and which will remain following the rodents’ extermination and removal.
We often find rodents in easily-accessible areas of a structure, and are often trapped or baited in places such as attics, sub-areas, and garages. These areas are relatively easy to disinfect once the vermin are exterminated. However, large portions of the rodent population spend a substantial time in the inaccessible areas that are impractical or impossible to disinfect by conventional methods. Unlike manual cleaning and disinfection techniques, heat can penetrate everywhere a rodent can go.
GreenTech Heat can safely disinfect and denature rodent droppings. Follow the heat treatment with a thorough vacuuming with a HEPA vacuum, and rodent problems throughout the office are minimized.
There is a one-step solution to improving indoor air quality and killing all the odor-causing bacteria found within any structure. It’s even effective enough to eliminate the nauseating smell of a dead body.
That solution is heat.
The GreenTech Heat methodology and equipment has been proven through thirty years of university laboratory studies and millions of real-world heat treatments. When properly conducted, a heat treatment is 100% lethal to all stages of insect life, 100% of the time. Temperature measurements provides an empirical ensurance that every bed bug in the treatment area was exposed to the proper time at a lethal temperature. No other bed bug treatment methodology can provide this level of surety.
No games or gimmicks. No spray, hope, and pray you got all the bed bugs. GreenTech Heat has a better solution.
GreenTech Heat technology is 100% effective for bed bugs, cockroaches, and all other insects. Heat kills microbes, viruses, and bacteria that can cause allergies and odors. GreenTech Heat equipment allows you to self-treat with heat on your schedule and as your needs demand. Our certified training lets you do it right and do it safely the first time. Heat safely kills insects and microbes everywhere they may be found in a single one-day treatment. Call us at 888-699-3944. We have bed bug heaters for sale to get started with heat today.