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Guide to preventing problems posed by mice

20 January 2020

The British Pest Control Association (BPCA) has published a new guide – with an accompanying video – to highlight the signs and consequences of a mouse infestation. 

Mice are one of the most common pest species in the UK. In addition to spreading Salmonella and Listeria, there are also many instances of electrical fires and flooding have also been attributed to mice.

Natalie Bungay, technical officer at BPCA, said: “Property owners have a legal obligation under the Prevention of Damage by Pests Act 1949 to keep premises rodent free, or, if rodents pose a threat to health or property, to report infestations to the local authority.  Environmental Health Officers can issue enforcement notices to business owners who do not have adequate pest management procedures in place. 

Mice can pose a problem all year-round as they do not hibernate, but cold weather makes the possibility of an infestation more likely as they head indoors to seek warmth and food.

The BPCA's online guide offers information about the lifespan, habits and breeding cycle of mice, as well as advice on preventing infestation and ways to tackle the presence of the pest.

To download the guide go to:

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