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How to make Air Bricks Mouse Proof

Mice are a common pest control problem all year round. Their keen sense of smell and an ability to squeeze through tiny gaps means they’re continually finding their way into homes and offices in search of food.

Air bricks, designed to allow ventilation to voids beneath wooden floors, can also become an unintended entry point for Mice. While the holes in air bricks are designed be too small for mice to use, they are not always an effective barrier, particularly if damaged.

The common house mouse (mus domesticus) is able to find its way through surprisingly tiny holes. Capable of compressing its body, a mouse can get through a gap no wider than a fingertip, or the thickness of a pencil.

Mouse proof air bricks which are at risk

Air bricks can allow all sorts of inconveniences into your property, including cold draughts. For that reason, along with pest control, some people block them up. However, the ventilation they provide to the voids beneath floors is needed to reduce the risk of wet or dry rot taking hold of timber.

If you want to make air bricks Mouse Proof but still allow them to deliver ventilation, you need to cover them with a fine mesh or grille. The covering must be able to withstand rodents’ teeth, as they will attempt to chew their way through material which is preventing them from reaching sources of food.

You can buy steel grilles designed specifically to cover air bricks, which you can fit yourself. These are available in various sizes to cover the different types of air brick which have been used in construction over the years,

Rodent proof air bricks are prevention not a cure

Covering air bricks will prevent mice from using them as an entrance, but you could also be trapping them inside your premises. Or they may have found another way in and out.

If you already have problems with mice or other pests and you’re not sure how they are getting in, you would benefit from a survey by a pest control specialist. They have the experience to identify a variety of potential entry points, such as disused pipes and gaps in brickwork that you may not even have noticed.

A pest controller will also be able to spot other signs of pests. Droppings, damage and distinctive smells are all giveaway signs to the trained eye and nose.

When it comes to dealing with mice already inside your property, there are a number of methods available. These range from humane mouse traps to lethal poisons. Again, specialist advice is recommended because to be effective, traps and poisons need to be laid in the right places and baited appropriately.

Making air bricks mouse proof is just one of the many measures that you can take to protect your home and commercial premises from mice and other pests.

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‘Mouse Sabotage’ Brings New Meaning to Pest Control

According to ‘The Chambers Dictionary’, a pest is a troublesome person or thing. Earlier this week a pizzeria owner in Pennsylvania decided this definition included his competitors, which led to him launching a unique pest control initiative.

He sneaked bags of live mice onto the premises of two rival pizza restaurants in what appears to have been a bid to discredit them. According to the report on the BBC website, his mistake was to drop off one consignment in full view of police officers, who made a swift arrest and promptly rounded up his rodent accomplices.

Apparently the perpetrator’s newly opened pizzeria had mouse problems of its own. He was facing the problem common to all catering establishments – food attracts both people and pests.

Restaurants and takeaways wage continual war against Cockroaches, Rats, Mice, Flies and a host of other invaders. Their owners don’t want the ignominy that comes with failing an environmental health inspection.

In a competitive market the news that the chef is sharing a kitchen with four and six-legged visitors is enough to send punters scurrying elsewhere. It can also come with a hefty penalty.

At the end of last year a Chinese restaurant in Southwark was fined nearly £5,000 because its pest control measure had failed. Inspectors spotted a live cockroach and mouse droppings during a routine visit. Incredibly, the remains of two cockroaches were found squashed in the pages of the food safety log.

Keeping pests out of kitchens and store rooms isn’t easy. They’re busy places with lots of comings and goings. All sorts of poison and traps can be laid but unless they’re regularly maintained they soon become ineffective.

It only takes a small number of cockroaches to find their way in, perhaps travelling as unintended passengers with a delivery of stock, to create an infestation.

Perhaps that’s what that Pennsylvanian pizzeria owner was trying to do – introduce a handful of mice into rival premises in the hope they’d breed and overrun the place.

What’s sad is that his own restaurant seemed to have the potential to be a great success. Online reviews say his pizza was ‘outstanding’- better than the competition’s. But his reputation, and perhaps his business, is the victim of an overzealous and misguided approach to Pest Control Services.

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