Climate change, fortnightly rubbish collections, and a reduction in sewer baiting have led to a boom in the rodent population, which is bad news for restaurants.
Rentokil has come to the rescue with Radar (Rodent Activated Detection and Riddance), which it describes as the world's smartest and most humane mouse killer.
The discreet unit has an entrance at both ends and uses infrared sensors to detect the presence of a mouse. Once the rodent has broken two consecutive infrared beams, this trips a circuit that closes both entrances and releases a measured dose of carbon dioxide, which is claimed to be the kindest way of killing mice and leaves no toxic residues.
The unit can be set to send an electronic alert or e-mail of the capture, and it can be used in conjunction with Rentokil's PestNetOnline reporting system, which allows firms to review the status of their pest control measures.
To buy it, call 0800 917 1989Rentokil