Can Mice Cause Problems For People Around Food?

During these cold winter months, we’ve all had the sniffles more than once and we take extra precautions as a result. We dose up on vitamins and eat a bit healthier, wrap up warm and wash our hands – anything we can do to avoid catching a cold.

But we’ve been so busy protecting ourselves from the common cold that we have forgotten there are other ways viruses and diseases can be spread, especially around food. I took some time to research into some mice control info and have found out a bit more about how these little creatures can be a big problem, even when it’s freezing outside.

Health Dangers Of A Mice Infestation

Be it your home or food business property, a mice infestation is never something you want. It can lead to some very serious health problems, as well as damaging a company’s reputation if they are in your restaurant. Mice can spread diseases such as Hantavirus, Salmonellosis, and Leptospirosis through food and preparation areas.

Signs Of A Mouse Infestation

Mice are nocturnal pests, and they often go undetected in our homes for a long time. However, there are a few signs you can look out for if you suspect you have some unwanted house guests.

  • You can hear scratching noises, more prominently at night.
  • You’ve noticed a strange smell, like ammonia, emanating throughout your home.
  • You’ve seen small, dark droppings, especially in hotspots like on top of cupboards and along skirting boards.
  • You’ve spotted grease marks where rodents have brushed against the walls, floors and skirting boards.
  • You’ve noticed small footprints in the dustier parts of your home. You can test for mice by sprinkling flour or talcum powder then checking back the next day to look for fresh tracks.

Treating The Mouse Infestation

As well as leaning how to prepare food safely, the best course of action for any pest control problem is to call in an expert team to help you. They will be able to provide you with tailored solutions to eliminate pests from your property.

There are a number of solutions pest control guys use to eradicate mice from properties. One of the most commonly used is a tamper-resistant bait station, laid out strategically to encourage the mice to feed on a different source. The feed used as bait will contain rodenticide, which when eaten shuts down a rodent’s central nervous system and puts them to sleep quickly and humanely.

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