A couple of days ago a mouse stole the limelight, causing Radio 5 Live presenter Shelagh Fogarty to scramble to her feet and declare her terror of the running rodent live on air. Her guest, Detective Inspector Ian Golsborough, was discussing the adverse affects of drugs when he interrupted the DJ to alert her to a mouse scurrying across the studio. Fogarty’s response was one many of us might replicate in a similar situation – jump on the nearest chair and scream!
Small though they may be, a mouse making a sudden break for freedom can be terrifying and often unwelcome surprise. Rodent infestations usually spike in the winter months when food outside is scarce, but the worrying fact is that there’s rarely just one mouse. Mice quickly breed and produce seven to eight litters of four to sixteen pups per year. Because they begin breeding at two months of age an infestation can take hold very quickly.
A mouse infestation in a radio studio can present a health and safety risk. Mice can chew through anything softer than their teeth, including electrical wiring and transmit rickettsial pox, lymphocytic choriomeningitis, leptospirosis and hantavirus.