With the stress of A-level results over, thousands of young people are leaving the parental nest to study at university, where they will experience another stressful experience – mice nests. But removing mice from student flats can be notoriously difficult.
Mice infestation can be a big problem for private landlords to deal with – so who is responsible for mouse control in privately rented homes? Is it landlords or tenants? Mice are emotive. Many tenants will have mouse phobias. Many also have justifiable worries about health hazards, safety risks, spoiling of foodstuffs and bad smells. Meanwhile, mice infestations can damage buildings and fittings. For example, mice can chew through electrical wires, which can cause fires.
Harriet Spicer was, she says, at her wits’ end. She had two tenants, one near “hysterical”, and no idea how to get rid of the mice that had invaded her two rental flats. Then, a property surveyor advised her that mouse proofing was the way forward to get rid of mice. He also, helpfully, pointed