Firms warned of the dangers mice pose
Firms have been advised to ensure that they take steps to get rid of mice in their establishments.
Jim Rooney said in an article for the Capital that the small rodents pose a number of health risks.
He noted that they can transmit a number of diseases to humans, including the respiratory hantavirus through airborne contamination and salmonella food poisoning.
Firms in the food industry should be particularly vigilant with regards to infestations of mice because of the risk of spreading salmonella.
One way to check if mice are present is to use a black light, Mr Rooney said.
Shining this on counters and surfaces will reveal if there is any trace of mouse urine, he stated.
With food around, it might not be advisable to leave out poison for mice, but other options are available, such as electromagnetic pest repellent.
This comes after Westminster City Council told businesses in the area that skimping on pest control could prove to be a false economy.
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By Claire Johnson