Mouse Control

Controlling mice is an issue many businesses and residential properties will have to deal with at some time, especially those who have food or store food products on their premises.


Mice are usually nocturnal creatures, so if you think you may have mouse activity the typical signs to watch out for are:

  • Mouse droppings (thin, spindle shaped approx. 5mm long).
  • Mouse smears – grease marks from the mouse body as it is repeatedly brushed up against objects.
  • Damaged commodities and damage to the fabric of premises from continuous gnawing.
  • Mouse nesting materials — shredded insulation, cardboard, paper, wood, plastics etc…
  • Peculiar smell – mice leaves an ammonia-like smell, that is particularly strong in enclosed areas.


  • Mice are known to spread infections such as Salmonella, Hantavirus, Lyme disease and Weil’s disease. They are also carriers of ectoparasites – fleas, mites etc…
  • Damage to stock and buildings. A mouse has sharp teeth and can gnaw through cables, plastic, cardboard, wood and even doors. The gnaw marks they leave are chisel-like parallel grooves.
  • Contamination of foodstuffs and goods. On the underside of mice, the wet fur soaked in urine can transmit bacteria and viruses to work surfaces, table tops or anywhere the rodent has climbed.


  • Damage — to goods, foodstuffs and your health and hygiene reputation. Any mouse control issues will have a negative effect on your Scores on the Doors food hygiene rating. Commodities that are contaminated by mouse activity cannot be used by law and must be disposed of safely.
  • Alarm — immediate loss of customer, guest and employee trust and confidence in the business, which can damage a good reputation.
  • Cost — can be considerable if fines are imposed or compensation is required. Temporary business closure may be necessary while problems are rectified.
  • Legal implications — failure to comply with legislation, such as the Prevention of damage by Pests Act (1949), Health and Safety at Work Act (1974) and Food Safety Act (1990) can lead to fines, premise closure and in very severe circumstances a possible prison sentence.

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