In an interview with RÚV, a seasoned exterminator has stated that Iceland is currently experiencing a mouse infestation the likes of which he’s never seen. He encourages people to take the necessary precautions.
A 43-year career in extermination
Despite their small stature, mice can be an outsized pest for homeowners. Árni Logi Sigurbjörnsson, an exterminator of 43 years, has been busy over the past days – in light of a countrywide mouse infestation.
“The infestation traces its roots to favourable weather conditions,” Árni told RÚV. “Flush growth of vegetation last spring has meant plenty of nourishment for mice. Then when you have these long days of rain and the temperature begins to drop – hovering around freezing during nights – they begin to seek shelter in cars and homes, cottages and bales, because mouseholes aren’t exactly ideal.”
Árni recommends that individuals take good care of their possessions by taking the necessary precautions and installing mousetraps; mice can squeeze in through holes as small as ten millimetres. “I encourage people to be on their guard because mice, even though they’re small, can wreak great damage.”