Want an accurate source of when the next underground train is going to arrive? Then watch the infamous London underground community of mice as they scuttle away from the tracks, feeling the vibration of an approaching train well before anyone else is aware of its impending arrival.
With a population of around 500,000, the mice that live in London’s underground have become popularly known as the ‘tube mice’.
London’s Tube Mice
What does the underground have to offer to these tube mice? Put quite simply; an ideal environment. An expansive infrastructure of dark tunnels, hidey holes, never ending entry and exit points, not to mention the continuous supply of food from commuters’ and tourists’ leftovers, the tube mice have all they need to live the life of riley.
The mice are even thought to be one of the toughest species of mice, having developed the abilities to live on the underground tracks, dodge trains and suffer the continuous deafening noise of the constant trains that rattle over them.
More prolific in the deeper, busier stations such as Camden Town, Oxford Circus and Waterloo, they are easily spotted from the platform and are often met with the excited pointing of London visitors, whilst not even raising an eyebrow of the locals due to their constant presence.
However, just as everything seemed hunky dory with a life of shelter and non-stop food, London’s tube mice are now under threat of the night tube…
Threat of the London Night Tube
Professor Bill Wisden of Imperial College has expressed concerns that the impending night time opening of certain London tube lines is going to be a great threat to the tube mice.
Very like humans, mice are in need of a certain amount of sleep and quickly become sleep deprived if they are unable to get sufficient shut-eye. Wisden says that trains running 24 hours at weekends will impede on the sleep quality of the tube mice. Studies have found that sleep deprivation in mice presents in similar ways to humans, leading to irritability and stress. This could lead to mice living shorter lives, or them upping and leaving to another, quieter station.
After being around since the underground was built in 1863, these mice have built up quite an iconic reputation, hence the reason why some people are taking them into consideration when plans are afoot for changes in the London underground system.
Top Dog Mice Control
Although tube mice can be looked at in a different light, Top Dog Pest Control reminds people to be vigilant when it comes to having mice or any other vermin in your London property.
Mice are known for being incontinent and therefore leave a trail of urine wherever they go, as well as hair. This, in turn, exposes you to the multiple diseases that they carry such as salmonella, a form of meningitis, and murine typhus.
Once mice have established a source of food, water and shelter, they will not leave of their own accord and will multiply at an alarming rate. You will need the expert, knowledgeable services of our friendly team at Top Dog Pest Control, who offers guaranteed mice control services throughout the whole of London 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
This article was written by Dean Mannion, Senior Pest Control Technician for Top Dog Pest Control who provide London mouse control services.