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London Mice Pose Work Return Challenge

With lockdown measures coming to an end, more and more people are returning to work. This is not an easy process, and there are many challenges business owners have to work through. Believe it or not, one fact you might not know about London mice is that they are one of these challenges.

Why are London mice a problem in offices?

With London offices being closed for weeks or even months, rodents like mice have been running rampant. These pests are not generally a problem in offices, but with no one around they have become emboldened. In fact, according to the British Pest Control Association, London mice encounters have increased by an incredible 41%. Even though offices are generally a hygienic environment, some workers have reported seeing mice on their desks and between cubicles. Mice have also been seen in communal kitchens and other areas.

empty office with mice

With fewer people around the city centre, there is also less food waste left in public bins. This means that London mice are having to forage further and further afield. It also means they are now starting to invade empty offices, a place where they were very rarely seen before.This makes business pest control even more relevant and critical than before.

The speed of lockdown could be a factor

One possible reason why offices have been invaded, is because they were left in a hurry at the start of lockdown. The virus took hold of the city at a fast pace, and quick decisions had to made. Most offices were locked up without any cleaning being done beforehand. This means food waste may have been left behind and this attracted London mice. And where there are mice, there are pretty soon hundreds more as they reproduce so fast.

Closeup mouse gnaws wire in an apartment house

Another reason why rodents are being spotted more often is because of the warmer weather. Mice breed even faster in warm weather. This, combined with the fact that commercial premises are locked up, has resulted in an explosion in their numbers. And it’s not only offices. Rodents have been spotted in pubs, schools, hotels, restaurants, tourist attractions and other public spaces that were closed.

Right now, businesses are thinking about what their post pandemic pest solutions might be going forward. Or at least their post lockdown solutions. According to experts, the best way to prevent this, is for managers to keep their facilities clean. It’s imperative that workplaces are kept clean and free of any type of food waste or dust. Mice can survive on very little food. This makes them extremely difficult to get rid of. Always remember that early prevention is best.

Sally

Sally has been writing on the subject of pest control for 4 years. She always carries out extensive and in depth research and always tries to bring you the most up to date, interesting topics.

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