London's poor waste management contributes to rodent problems Show more Show less
Seeing bags overflowing with rubbish is a common site on London streets. Other European cites have more sanitary waste management systems, limiting mice's food supplies.
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London's poor waste management led to its mice infestation
Since the bubonic plague, London's attempts at waste management have always been a hair behind what is necessary. This delayed approach to waste management has attracted mice.
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London has a history of poor waste management, which led not only to an infestation of mice but also helped their population increase rapidly. In the 17th century, the bubonic plague broke out partially as a result of poor waste management. It was commonplace for people to throw waste in the streets, attracting mice from surrounding areas. Once these mice were in the city, they were there to stay. Within 18 months, 25% of London's population was dead. This left the city without the necessary manpower to properly manage waste, allowing the mice population to continue to grow.  London's sizable population has left it constantly trying to play catch-up when it comes to waste management today. Unfortunately, mice have taken advantage of this and established themselves as a nuisance.
While poor waste management is one of the ways that mice infested London, it doesn't explain how mice continue to thrive today. London is leagues ahead, waste management wise, where it was during the bubonic plague. London's current waste management practices cannot be blamed for the number of mice in London today.