Roaming rodents are set to invade business premises across Milton Keynes during Easter.
That’s the warning from pest control registry BASIS PROMPT to any offices, factories and warehouses being left idle during the annual holiday.
Rob Simpson, managing director BASIS PROMPT, said: “Rats are intelligent creatures able to adapt and replenish their numbers very quickly. They are always on the look-out for new opportunities.
“Anywhere that offers a dry space with little human traffic is ideal, so business premises, factories and warehouses are at particular risk over holiday periods as most are not being used.
“They can cause a lot of damage to equipment and electrics as well as valuable stock and they also carry diseases.”
Mr Simpson says there are several steps to minimise the risk of an infestation, but warns only by seeking professional advice can business owners be sure they’re on the right track.
He added: “Pest control should be an integral part of routine maintenance for any business - it’s also a requirement to pass audits for licensing and accreditation.
“Companies which ignore it can end up paying the price in the long term, so it’s far more cost effective to take preventative measures.
“I can understand people wanting to save money, but it’s important to make sure guidance is sought from professionals and I would urge businesses to use a member of the BASIS PROMPT register.”