19. 06. 12. - 14:56
Plague of mice invade student accomodation
A student residence in Puch-Urstein in the province of Salzburg has been plagued by mice for the past two weeks.
The Fachhochschule Salzburg residence has mice in both the student’s rooms and in the kitchen areas.
Georg Leitinger, who works for student accommodation services, said: "There are now allegedly a lot of mice. But they are very hard to find. They have good hiding places, they could be anywhere. It will take some time before we get this problem under control."
The cause of the mice plague is unclear, Leitinger said, adding: "There could be two causes. We are expanding the university at the moment. This is affecting the foundations, it could be the mice are moving from their holes into the student accommodation.
"The heavy rain could also be another cause. Mice are searching for a dry place and they could have found those in the student accommodation."
A pest controller together with student services staff have been laying mice traps to catch the rodents throughout the residence.
They hope to have the problem completely under control by the beginning of the next semester in September.