Rat Infestation

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about rats at work:

How should I write an email complaint about rat infestation in office building?

Signed, Grossed Out

DearĀ Grossed Out:

The best way to write an email about a rat infestation is simply to say that it is happening, how you can prove it and ask that it be investigated. This is a problem in many older buildings, but there are things that can be done. Unfortunately, some of those measures are expensive and usually only temporary.

According to your business you could point out the damage being done by the rats or the fact that there is a chance of disease being spread if employees have to use areas where there is a lot of feces or urine. Gross! Further, many fires are caused by rats and mice chewing on electrical wiring–a favorite treat, apparently.In the meantime, every employee can help by never, ever leaving food or drink out, not even in the daytime and by washing their desk tops and any surfaces they might touch.

They can also help by leaving lights on at night or having some noise going after hours. Rats become accustomed to these after a time, but by alternating some of the things you do, you can help keep them out of office space.Custodians can help by plugging up any holes, keeping mops and other odor filled items off the floor and generally keeping things clean.Your state Department of Health may have ideas as well.Best wishes to you in your efforts.

Tina Lewis Rowe

Tina Lewis Rowe

Tina had a thirty-three year career in law enforcement, serving with the Denver Police Department from 1969-1994 and was the Presidential United States Marshal for Colorado from 1994-2002. She provides training to law enforcement organizations and private sector groups and does conference presentations related to leadership, workplace communications and customized topics. Her style is inspirational with humor.