Tip of the Week

Mice are not nice!  They are clever little pests and can get through the tiniest hole or a gap the diameter of a pencil.

Mice can spread disease in their search for food and shelter, posing health risks particularly in kitchens and food storage areas.  They can contaminate foodstuffs as pathogens in their urine & faeces can transmit diseases such as Salmonellosis and Hantavirus.

Signs of mice infestation – droppings, ammonia-like smell (mice urine), grease marks (especially along the bottom of walls, evidence of gnawing on packaging

Mice need very little food and can happily exist on only 3g of food each day.  Mice have a fantastic sense of smell so any food particles left on the floor will attract pests to your kitchen.  The best way to keep mice away is a clean kitchen with no food debris left on the floor or under equipment.

If you do have a mouse problem (or even if you don’t):–

  • Store all foods off the floor (including sack of potatoes)
  • Store any opened or fresh produce in plastic lidded containers.
  • At the end of every day, clean down all worksurfaces and sweep the floor thoroughly, paying attention to sweeping under equipment.
  • Cover all equipment at the end of the night (open mixers, etc)
  • Start each morning cleaning and sanitising all your worktops.

Alert

We recommend you have a Pest control contract in place – negotiate a good price for an annual contract with regular visits!

Weekly Food Fact

Did you know that mice are natural seed eaters?  To lure them into mouse traps we often use cheese.  But they actually prefer sweets and peanut butter to cheese!

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