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What To Do If You See Mice At Work

What is the best course of action if you see mice at work? This can be a troubling problem. No one wants to share their work space with vermin. But what should employees and do in this type of situation.

Mice can afflict all areas of your office. That being said, mice at work most often occur in places in such as the staff kitchen area. You might also find them in store cupboards. Mice are often attracted to places where they can live undisturbed. This usually includes empty storage spaces and warehouses.

The main reason why you find mice in these areas is because of the shelter they provide. Mice are attracted to the parts of your work place where easy access to food can be found. They also seek out rooms where they can live without being noticed by humans. In most cases you won’t actually see the mice. Instead you will spot their signs.

The biggest sign of mice is their droppings

As COVID cases start to decline, one of the greatest challenges for employees returning to work will be mice. Once offices and workplaces are opened after long closures due to lockdown, unwanted vermin are highly likely to have taken up residence.

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Mouse droppings are shaped like rice sized cylindrical blackish-brown pellets. You will often spot these in the kitchen. You may also detect the smell of urine. Another sign is food packaging that has been torn open or half eaten. If you have boxes or packets of food in the kitchen area at work, then these may be attacked.

Another sign of mice are dark smear marks along walls and door frames. As they run along the walls and squeeze through gaps, dirty residue is slowly transferred and builds up on the surface. Eventually, this leaves marks that are stubborn to remove.

Mice at work: what to do about this problem

But what should you do if there are mice at work? The most important thing you can do is to immediately inform your supervisor or boss. They are the person most able to take the necessary action. This will include calling in mouse control professionals, or authorising the use of things like poison baits or traps.

mouse in food

In terms of what staff can do themselves, to start with you need to lockdown all sources of food. The mice are after an easy meal, and you have to stop them from getting at your and your colleagues’ lunch.

All food should be stored in tightly sealed containers and then placed inside high cupboards. Also, make sure that your office is clean and free of food debris. Tidy up all kinds of clutter that mice can hide in, do any washing up immediately, and make sure bins are frequently emptied.


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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