A recent story in the Scottish Sun illustrated some of the havoc that can be caused by the presence of pest mice.
The rodents have been spotted scurrying through the corridors of the Scottish Parliament. And insiders blame the lack of bins in the Edinburgh building for an increase in numbers of the furry pests.
Kezia Dugdale, Labour MSP for the Lothians, revealed she had spotted the creatures scampering across the floor several times over the last few weeks. She said: “If I’m in the office past 8pm, one of them comes up from the floorboards and looks at me, as if to say, ‘What are you still doing here, this is my time’.
“The first time I saw one I tried to scream the house down, but at least it gives me a good reason to pack up and go home. Maybe it’s time to get a Holyrood cat. In a building like that, with so many nooks and crannies, there will always be beasties trying to get in. But there seems to be a lot more than there should be now because of the season and unusual weather.”
The first mice were spotted in Holyrood’s media area six weeks ago. And insiders claim the number of the creatures has increased after waste bins were removed from offices in a bid to get people recycling more rubbish. They said workers now leave more crumbs and food in their rooms — which has attracted the animals.
One building user said: “It’s not a good impression for Scotland’s parliament to have mice crawling around.”
A Holyrood spokeswoman said they took “preventative measures to deal with mice”.
For the full story, please visit – http://www.thescottishsun.co.uk/scotsol/homepage/news/4907334/The-mouses-of-ParliamentHolyrood-hit-by-plague-of-rodents.html
You don’t have to leave anything to chance though, a quick phone call to IPM can quickly help you to resolve any problems whilst at the same time taking significant steps towards ensuring that they don’t return.
Tell Tale Signs of Mice Problems
If you suspect that you may have mice living in your building, one of the most commonly noticed signs will be the small dark coloured droppings which are left on the floor by the offending rodents. Mice are also incontinent and will constantly urinate leaving stains and an unpleasant smell. The unpleasant smell which they leave behind is also present if a nest is in close proximity.
Mice are also notorious for causing damage to woodwork, cables, food packaging etc due to there constant need to keep their ever growing teeth to a consistent length.
Rapid Breeding Patterns
All forms of mice are known to breed extremely quickly, therefore if you suspect that you have a mouse living in your building it is of the utmost importance that you act quickly and give us a call to allow us to act.
Effects of Mice Infestation
A mouse infestation has the potential to cause many problems, with two of the main ones being – health risk involve due to their urinating and defecating which can lead to food poisoning and their constant gnawing causing major problems with your building, especially if they chew through electrical cables or pipework. This can lead to very expensive repair bills particularly if this happens in hard to access areas.
Safe & Effective Removal of Mice
If you suspect that your building is infested with mice, the best course of action to to call a pest control specialist immediately. Buying mouse traps and bait is an option but due to their swift breeding habits, it is important that you ensure that every single mouse is removed.
A pest control expert will be able to survey the entire area and be familiar with the living and breeding patterns on mice. Pest control companies also have access to chemicals and pesticides that are only available for use by licensed professionals and not to the general public.