I’m assuming by now you have noticed the slight drop in temperature at night time (although admittedly we had better weather in the first week of October in the UK than we did the whole of August) or noticed that Starbucks have once again launched their pumpkin spice latte. Autumn is upon us in the northern hemisphere which means only one thing in the pest world… Rodents!
During this time of the year, rats and mice take it upon themselves to run from the cold, miserable weather and move into our homes and businesses, ultimately becoming the lodgers from hell. Feedback from the field has suggested that rodent hotspots can be found in and around coffee shops, particularly where the coffee beans are stored.
That got us thinking here at Rentokil what is a mouse’s favourite coffee? Are they a fan of the orange mocha iced frappuccino or are they espresso people? We thought we’d put this question to the test and ran a series of experiments using non-toxic bait to find out. Don’t worry no mice were harmed in this trial.
In order to answer this unique question we started by systematically testing different aromas, and in some cases used specialist companies to extract pure essences to get the perfect scent, as close to the original as we could get. We then picked two different scents usually found in a coffee shop to use.
For the experiment, we tested the idea on 3 different bait boxes for each scent. One bait box was sprayed with 40% essence, one with 10% and the last one included no extra scent. We then monitored the rodents reaction to each bait box and recorded how many times the bait was taken.
So far we have not found any evidence that supports the idea that mice are attracted to coffee.
What we found was that the bait boxes carrying no extra scent were definitely the mice’s favourite, showing more intake than both those with 10% and 40% essence. The unscented control is currently a firm favourite amongst mice.
We have also repeated this work with Mouse Monitor Units, but this still showed no evidence that mice are attracted to smells of a coffee shop.
Why do mice like coffee shops?
Well unlike us it’s not the coffee that attracts mice, but other key contributing factors. And it’s not coffee shops mice love, it’s any sheltered area.
What attracts mice indoors?
Mice love to set up camp inside our homes and businesses because:
- Shelter from the rain and other harsh weather conditions
- Good, continuous, source of food that’s easy to find
How can mice get inside?
There is a range of different ways in which mice can navigate their way into your home and/or business.
A mouse can fit through a hole as small as a pencil! This means that any property with the tiniest of damage to doors and walls provide a good entry point for any rodent.
This refers to the underground network of cable and pipe tunnels lying underneath our feet. These motorways provide rodents such as mice easy access to your homes and businesses.
How can I prevent mice?
There are a few things you can do to prevent mice from entering your property.
- Holes - Repair any damage to your home, where a mouse might be able to squeeze, or gnaw, its way through. A good product to use is wire mesh or expanding foam which can be purchased from any DIY store.
- Clean – Making sure your property is always thoroughly cleaned is a good way of keeping mice out, as it eliminates any inviting odors. A good tip is to place items such as cereal in plastic containers – mice can chew through cardboard boxes without any problems.
- Pipes – Old leaky pipes provide great access to any home and/or business. A good way to prevent this from happening is to check for any damages to your pipe work and repair if necessary.
- Doors – It may not look like it, but mice can easily squeeze their way underneath any door. To keep them out install fitting bristles to the bottom of the door.
Professional Pest Control
Another great way to help prevent mice from moving into your home/business is to enlist the help of a professional pest control company.
At Rentokil, we offer a range of innovative pest control products designed to keep your property pest free. By choosing a professional pest control company, you are ensuring that all the right, necessary prevention procedures such as monitoring any potential mouse infestations to ensuring the correct solutions is installed.