Every fall, mice look for a warm with hiding places and food supply where they can spend winter. Grocery stores and restaurants are a natural target for rodents. Mice are highly destructive, and if left to thrive, they will chew holes through wood or paper containers to get access to the food inside. Mice also reproduce rapidly, and a single female can have more than 12 litters in a single year. Therefore, the sooner you spot the mice, the quicker you should be in getting rid of them.
How to Grocery stores get rid of mice
Preventing mice from getting into the store
The first step to stopping a problem is preventing it from happening in the first place. Grocery stores and restaurants can prevent mice from getting into their premises by cutting down all the tall weeds and bushes that surround the premises. These bushes are an open invitation for mice, giving them an opportunity to hide as they creep into the store.
Inspecting for entry points in the store
Mice are known to easily squeeze through tiny holes to get access to wherever they want. If a hole can fit a pencil, be rest assured a mouse can get in. Mice can chew off tiny holes until they are large enough to fit through. It is therefore important to cover up all cracks and openings with metal screenings or steel wool to prevent the mice from chewing through.
One of the easiest methods to deter mice is to make food sources scarce. Mice will not take up residence in a location that has no food or hiding places. Cleaning up food sources and decluttering your grocery store will go along way in discouraging mice from taking up residence in the store. If you have to leave snacks unsecured, ensure they are safely secured in airtight containers. Also, place food in storerooms or on shelves off the ground.
Set up traps
Placing sticky traps on areas where mice run is an effective method of getting rid of them. Areas with mice droppings are the perfect locations to set these traps. You could also place multitudes of traps around the store. In case the trap is not successful after two days, move it to a different location.
After trapping the mice, always use rubber gloves to handle the trapped mice. The mice often die after getting snapped; however, the parasites are still alive and looking for their next host. In case you are not careful, they could move to you.
Hire professional service
A grocery store is a big space to try and exterminate mice on your own. If you notice a mouse in the store, there might be more than you can handle. Also, it could be a bit tiresome trapping a mouse in a location as big as a grocery store.
Hiring a professional mice exterminator is the most effective way grocery stores can get rid of mice fast. A store’s reputation greatly affects its consumers, having a mouse running around could mean an inspection from your local public health officials. Also, your reputation could seriously be scarred if customers can spot mice. A professional is able to deal with this problem, swiftly and effectively with minimal damage to your reputation and store.