Are you worried that mice have found their way into your workplace? During the winter, we get phone calls from all kinds of businesses (offices, warehouses, restaurants, etc.) that need someone to come in and investigate a possible mouse problem. In many cases, you will never even see the mouse that is taking up residence in your workplace, but they do leave some obvious signs of their presence. So, how do you know if you actually have a problem.
Signs of an infestation:
- Mice will leave behind droppings, often in the same places they find food. If your office or facility has a kitchen, make sure you are investigating cabinetry to look for any small black droppings. If you keep food at your desk, you’ll also want to check these areas as well.
- A telltale sign of mice is bite marks on food boxes or containers. They can chew their way through all kinds of materials, so seal any stored food tightly in glass or plastic containers if you suspect you may have an issue.
- If you want to know where mice are traveling or if they are in a specific area, sprinkle some powder, such as baby powder or flour, over surface areas and look for track marks.
- Due to their small size, you won’t often hear mice in walls or ceilings, though it’s possible. While you can check crawl spaces or drop ceilings on your own with a flashlight, we highly recommend calling a professional to take care of the job.
How are they getting in?
If these signs seem to add up, and you think you may have an issue, you’re probably wondering how mice got in. Since mice are so small, they can squeeze through even the tiniest gaps. Check to make sure that all doors and windows are properly sealed. Mice can also find their way indoors via utility/HVAC lines and roof vents, so invest in some fine construction screens or caps so they can’t access these areas. Use an exterior sealant to close any small gaps you may find. Finally, instruct your employees not to prop doors open during breaks.
It’s obvious that if a customer sees a mouse in your establishment, it can really hurt your brand’s image. Bear in mind that even if customers don’t see anything, you and your employees are also at risk to the numerous diseases mice can transmit and the damage they can cause to products and structures.
If you suspect a mouse problem but aren’t sure what to do, it’s best to call your local commercial mouse control company. Wil-Kil Pest Control can handle a variety of pests – including rodents. Give us a call for more information!