Did you know your workplace is like a giant Jungle Gym for mice?
This is because your office provides the ideal shelter for mice, it hides them from the chilly weather outside and protects them from predators. Mice especially love leftovers, making your office is like a huge all-you-can-eat buffet.
How Can Mice Get Into My Office Space?
There are various ways in which a mouse, or rat, can gain access to your office. As mentioned in previous blogs, mice are very nimble creatures. They are capable of running and jumping at great lengths, as well as climb almost any surface.
Mouse Fact: Young mice are able to squeeze through a gap as tiny as 6mm (this does of course depend on their size).
Mouse Highways and Byways
One way in which mice can enter into your workplace is through connections between different buildings such as water pipes, cables and other underground connections. This allows rats and mice to quickly and easily move between buildings.
But how do mice get into these pipes and cable paths?
When a mouse/rat can't squeeze through a hole they will gnaw at it with their teeth until they can. Their teeth are very sharp and strong and they are able to chew through almost anything! This can include some metals, particularly when it's old and weak, such as water pipes.
With more and more buildings being built everyday, each sharing the same pipes and cabling, rodents are finding it even easier to discover new spaces in search for food and harbourage, and this can be your very own workplace!
Once they're inside, mice can find their way around using 'mouse freeways' such as cable risers, false ceiling and floors, wall partitions, lift shafts - which are quick ways to travel longer distances in search of food.
Another way in which mice can navigate their way into your office from a rural environment is through food pallets.
If a food preparation plant has an infestation of rats or mice then this can quickly spread to other areas. If a mouse finds its way onto a truck transporting food, it will no doubt explore the environment of the new area they have travel to. All mice need to survive is shelter along with minimal food and water and they can multiply within months.
The more we transfer food products, the more mice will hitch a ride unnoticed - after all they have been doing this for thousands of years and it has probably got them everywhere around the world except perhaps for the North Pole!
What Do Mice get up to at my Office?
Although mice look sweet and innocent they can be quite a nuisance in your office, not to mention the related financial costs and health risks that they pose.
Mice Spread Disease
If you've read our last blog, you'll know all about the diseases both rats and mice can carry, and you definitely don't want them cavorting around your workplace!
Rodents can spread harmful diseases via their droppings. Unlike us humans - and cue the shock-horror moment - mice aren't toilet trained so they poo anywhere! That includes your keyboard and phone! You don't want to be touching that first thing on a Monday morning. Eew.
Mice Urinate everywhere
When it comes to new territories, mice urinate everywhere. It lets them keep track of the places they've been and is a way of leaving messages behind for their friends.
Urine pillars form when mice urinate multiple times on the same areas. This is where the urine merges with the grease from their fur and creates small pillars which look a lot like stalagmites - that's not something you want to see when during your lunch break!
Mice and rat urine is one of the key instigators of the spread of rodent borne diseases. These harmful pathogens could be contracted via touch or sometimes mix with dust, which if disturbed can be inhaled.
Mice Chew Cables
Mice are very neophilic creatures, it is in their nature to explore, especially with their teeth. They gnaw at items to test for food, gain passage, or just out of curiosity.
Being in an office environment this curiosity can lead to rats and mice chewing on the millions of cables in your office. This can be anywhere from keyboard and phone wires to internet and server cables.
One of the potential downsides of rodents chewing at cables in your office is the risk of starting fires!
By gnawing on wires, mice leave the rubber casing open, which can lead to them short circuiting and catching alight.
On top of this, the exposed wires are more prone to contact with water, which we all know that electricity and water aren't a good mix.
Except for the potential fire hazard of having mice in your office creates, there is also a risk of losing work. Mice chewing their way through power cables can result in computer failure leading to loss of work. Which is definitely a large frustration considering the amount of time we spend at our pc's!
Rodent Fact: A rodent's teeth can grow 04.mm a day!
How can I Stop Mice from Coming into my Office?
One of the top ways is through implementing basic mouse prevention steps which can be carried out without the help of a professional.
- Don't let the dishes pile up!
Mice are amazing scavengers, and although they don't need much food to survive, they won't pass up a free meal. That's why dirty plates and leftovers are like a free buffet for mice!
A simple way to stop mice from coming into your office is to not attract them with food - make sure all your plates, mugs, and cups are clean at the end of the day and aren't left overnight for mice to find.
- Empty Bins
Rubbish bins are an ideal place for mice and rats to find food. They aren't particularly fussy eaters and will quite happily eat out of a bin, especially if you've just thrown away half of your meal deal from the restaurant down the road.
Be sure to empty your bins out at the end of each day. It is a good idea to speak to the landlord of your office complex to try and get the outside bins placed a good distance away from the building to stop mice from finding their way inside. If you live in a house, make sure that your outside bins are also kept a good distance from your home's entrance and that the lids are tightly sealed.
Some rodent infestations have been nipped in the bud when cleaning rotas are changed to ensure offices are cleaned thoroughly at night, not left to the morning, with all the opportunities that it gives the mice.
- Don't Eat At Your Desk
I, for one, am quite guilty of this from time to time when I'm extremely busy. But this is a big no no is you don't want to attract mice into the building.
Although eating at your desk is a brilliant time saver, it is also an open invitation to mice. Any crumbs or leftover food you leave at your desk is a gold mine for a hungry mouse.
If you do decide to eat at your desk make sure you clean it from any crumbs/spillage left behind as well as discard used packaging and unwanted food. If you are a germaphobe like me, be sure to regularly wipe down your desk with a sanitiser solution.
- Store Food in Airtight Containers
We all to have a box of our favourite cereal, chips, or rusks in our desk, but did you know these are very attractive for rodents?
A great way to still keep your favourite snacks close by is to place them in air-tight plastic containers. Not only do they keep the scent hidden from mice, but they also keep your food fresh!
Professional Mouse Control
If you have taken the necessary mouse prevention procedures but still find yourself with some unwanted office guests - mice - then the next course of treatment would be to contact a pest control professional.
We here at Rentokil offer effective mice and rat control services, designed to help manage any problem you might have in your office, factory, warehouse and shop.
An effective way to control rats on your property is through the use of bait, also known as rodenticides.
Mouse and rat baiting consists of strategically placing bait in specific boxes in and around your building. The mouse enters the box in search for food, and has a nibble on the bait.
Using Bait boxes in your business
Units are usually placed at wall floor junctions and will not cause disruption to your operations. Thanks to its simple design, the rat bait stations are unobtrusive and easy for our technicians to service.
Our mouse and rat bait boxes can be used in conjunction with Rentokil's myRentokil monitoring and reporting system, providing you with round the clock information on how your business is protected from mice.
Mouse control is suitable for all industries, especially, including:
If you think you might have mice in your office then contact us to discuss mouse and rat control for your business.
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