A Croydon cleaner has enlisted the help of her cat to keep her customers' homes mice free.
Andrea Troth, from Mopp cleaners who lives in South Norwood, first bought her cat Cimpa a year ago when she found a rat in her house and her landlord wouldn't help her get rid of it. So when one of her clients had a problem with mice the 54-year-old offered Cimpa's services.
Katherine Andrews, 31, found mice in the kitchen of her Islington home one night when she got up for a cup of tea: "I nearly screamed the house down as I saw a mouse shoot across the kitchen floor. After that I began to find droppings in the back of the cupboards," she said.
"I absolutely hated it. I know in London it's common but I keep my house very clean so it was horrid to think they were scuttling around regardless."
Ms Andrews is allergic to cats and was wary about having Cimpa fix the problem so Ms Troth took him to the house for three days while she was on holiday.
"He was brilliant I haven't had a problem since. I've told some of my neighbours about him and he's already in demand," Ms Andrews said.
"I was delighted. She's [Ms Troth] such a lovely person, she really goes out of her way to keep my house immaculate but this was really another level all together ," she added.
And now Cimpa has helped other clients too, ridding one house of over twenty mice.
"He likes it I think," said Ms Troth. "He's a very lovely cat and I think he made a very big change because they have never seen the mice again."