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Non-Chemical Mouse Control in North Georgia

A mouse inside a wall void on insulation in the wall viewed from above by the pest control technician.

It's been said that if you build a better mousetrap, the world will beat a path to your door, and there's a lot of history to back up that saying.

Mice have been pests of humankind for all of recorded history, and mouse control is one of the most in-demand services provided by exterminators throughout the world. People have been trying to keep mice out of their homes and businesses pretty much forever.

In North Georgia (and in most places), mouse control in urban areas is most in demand in the fall and early winter, when mice and rats start looking for warm, cozy places to spend the cooler months. In more rural areas of North Georgia, mouse control is less seasonal. Keeping mice out of stables, barns, silos, and other agricultural buildings is more of a year-round challenge than mouse control in cities.

The Common House Mouse

The adult house mouse, Mus musculus, averages about three inches in length (not including the tail) and is usually gray or brown in color, with white or light-colored bellies. They have relatively large and prominent ears, and their tails are roughly the same length as their bodies. Their bodies are fur-covered except for their ears and tails, which have very little hair.

Gap over baseboard in a living room in Atlanta Mice can squeeze through very small gaps: a hole the size of a dime, or a crack the thickness of a pencil.

The house mouse's skeletal system allows mice to squeeze through very narrow openings. An adult house mouse can squeeze through a crack about the width of the thickness of a pencil, or through a hole about the size of a dime. Once they get inside, they can travel throughout a home inside the walls and ceilings. That's why mice can be found anywhere in a house from the attic down to the basement or crawl space. Given a choice, however, mice usually settle down very near to their food sources.

Part of the reason mice like to stay close to home is that they have relatively poor vision and navigate mainly by smell and touch. They feel their way along walls and other vertical surfaces and are uncomfortable in open spaces where they are more vulnerable to predators.

Paradoxically, however, mice are also very curious creatures who readily explore new objects in their environments, including mousetraps. In fact, professional mouse exterminators often use no bait at all on certain types of mouse traps, relying on the mouse's natural curiosity instead.

Health Risks Associated with Mice

Mouse in cupboard eating breakfast cereal Mice can spread serious diseases when they get into stored foods.

Mice pose a much more serious risk to personal and public health than most people realize.

Mice are directly involved in the transmission of several serious diseases including Lymphocytic Choriomeningitis Virus, leptospirosis, salmonellosis, and dysentery. They're also hosts to parasites such as ticks and fleas, which in turn are involved in the transmission of serious diseases including Lyme disease, murine typhus, and even plague.

In addition, because of their small size and inquisitive nature, mice come into closer contact with humans than do their larger cousins, the rats. Mice often get into kitchen cupboards, for example, where they gnaw through food packages to get at the goodies inside, contaminating the food with their saliva, hair, and bodily wastes in the process, and spreading germs everywhere they go.

Mice also get into drawers, closets, and other storage spaces more easily, where they damage and contaminate clothing, utensils, and other stored items. Mice are gnawers and nibblers, and it's common for them to gnaw little pieces out of every garment in a drawer, while also contaminating and staining the clothing with their droppings and urine.

Our Non-Chemical Approach to Mouse Control

Chewed insulation at mouse control job in Monroe, Georgia Mice chewed through insulation at this Monroe, Georgia mouse control job.

Most mouse exterminators rely primarily on poisons to control mice. They place bait trays or boxes in strategic areas throughout your home, and then comes back on a regular basis (usually weekly or monthly, depending on how bad the mouse infestation is) to refill the bait stations.

They do this pretty much forever in most cases. That's because you can't permanently solve a mouse problem using poisons. Yes, the mice die after they eat the rodenticide. But unless they're sealed out of the hose, "new" mice will quickly move in to replace the "old" mice. Mouse control done without mouse exclusion is nothing more than an endless cycle of swapping old mice for new mice.

That's pretty good for the exterminator's job security, but not so much for the homeowner. They're paying someone -- forever -- to not solve their mouse problem.

Fortunately, that's not how we do mouse control. Consistent with our emphasis on Integrated Pest Management (IPM), Rid-A-Critter uses non-chemical mouse control that doesn't rely on poison. We trap the mice, remove them from your home, and use exclusion techniques to keep mice out of your house.

Our non-chemical mouse control program emphasizes habitat modification, trapping, and exclusion as the primary mouse control tools. By preventing mice from getting into your home in the first place, we provide a more permanent mouse-control solution.

Our non-chemical, "green" approach to mouse control is also more environmentally responsible than using poisons because eliminating the need for pesticides also eliminates the risk of accidental poisoning of pets or non-target animals. It also eliminates the possibility of secondary poisoning, which is when a larger animal such as a hawk, fox, or pet dog or cat eats a mouse that has been poisoned. Finally, non-chemical mouse control eliminates the possibility of a poisoned mouse dying in your home and stinking up the place.

In the long run, our IPM approach to mouse control is also more economical because it's a more permanent mouse control solution. With good mouse-proofing, there's no need for a technician to return every month to fill bait stations. The mice are sealed out of your house.

North Georgia Mouse Control Gallery

Here are a few randomly-selected pictures of mouse extermination jobs we've done. (Stay tuned -- more on the way!)

Rid-A-Critter is Georgia's largest and most well-established non-chemical mouse control company. We have technicians living and working throughout our North Georgia service area. If you're ready to try a new, more environmentally responsible, and more permanent way to keep mice out of your house, please contact us for a prompt inspection by one of our local experts.

 

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If there was ever a screen behind the foundation vent, it's long gone; and that's why we're doing mouse control at a Chatsworth, Georgia home today. We'll screen over all the foundation vents and seal any other potential entry points that we find to rodent-proof the house and eliminate the mouse problem without using chemicals.
by Webmaster
Jun 23, 2022 10:41:19 am.

A wildlife-removal crew from our North Georgia office is doing bat exclusion at a house in Madison today. Bat removal is accomplished by sealing the house so bats can't get back in after they leave to feed. We don't actively remove the bats. They remove themselves, and we lock them out.
by Webmaster
Jun 22, 2022 10:46:41 am.

Someone pushed the corner of the screen behind a foundation vent inward two extension cords through, and mice used the resulting gap to get into a house in Rome, Georgia. A rodent pest control crew is non-chemically treating the mouse infestation and rodent-proofing the house to prevent future problems.
by Webmaster
Jun 17, 2022 10:39:43 am.

The gap around a one-inch pipe passing through a two-inch hole in the poured concrete foundation is why our rodent pest control technicians are doing mouse control in Suwanee, Georgia today. Rodent-proofing a house requires sealing every possible gap that rats or mice could possibly use to get into the house.
by Webmaster
Jun 16, 2022 11:45:08 am.

A foundation vent without a screen and with pipes and electrical conduits passing through it is the reason why pest control technicians from our North Georgia office are doing mouse control in Temple today. You can never permanently eliminate a mouse infestation unless you rodent-proof the house.
by Webmaster
Jun 13, 2022 10:00:51 am.

Mice are much better at climbing than most people realize. Mice climbed up the inside of a rain gutter downspout that had an insulated air-conditioning line running through it to get into the attic of a house in Jasper, Georgia. Our rodent pest control crew is trapping and removing the mice, and non-chemically rodent-proofing the house.
by Webmaster
Jun 03, 2022 09:32:17 am.

One of our rodent pest control teams is replacing a crawl space door that doesn't fit tightly as part of a non-chemical mouse control job at a house in Young Harris, Georgia. Eliminating a mouse problem without using poisons means doing some carpentry work to mouse-proof the house.
by Webmaster
May 25, 2022 09:55:41 am.

A three-quarter inch gap between a crawl space door and its frame is why we're doing mouse control at a Blue Ridge, Georgia home today. Three inches is a huge gap in mouse scale. We're building a new, tight-fitting door that will keep rodent pests out of the house.
by Webmaster
May 24, 2022 10:30:06 am.

Technicians doing an Alpharetta, Georgia mouse control job are sealing gaps under the trim around all the doors to make the house rodent-proof. We do mouse and rat pest control without using any poisons, so rodent-proofing is the heart of the job.
by Webmaster
May 23, 2022 11:20:16 am.

A crew doing non-chemical mouse control in Ellijay, Georgia is sealing gaps in the foundation to keep mice and other rodent pests out of the crawl space. A previous exterminator has been treating the house with poisons for ten years -- but it still has mice! Our exclusion-based approach will result in more permanent and environmentally-friendly mouse elimination.
by Webmaster
May 20, 2022 09:31:59 am.

About a one-inch piece of mortar fell out of a vertical joint between two bricks, which allowed mice into a house in Norcross, Georgia. Sealing that gap is one of the things that our pest control crew will do to solve the mouse problem and rodent-proof the house.
by Webmaster
May 18, 2022 10:30:54 am.

A round pipe was shoved through a square hole in a foundation vent at a house in Fairmount, Georgia, which allowed mice to get into the house. Our pest control crew is trapping and removing the mice sealing the foundation to non-chemically rodent-proof the house.
by Webmaster
May 18, 2022 10:26:55 am.

Water erosion to the concrete resulted in a fingertip-sized hole under the front door frame that allowed mice into a house in Gainesville, Georgia. Mice can get through holes as small as a dime, which is what makes non-chemical mouse pest control such meticulous work.
by Webmaster
May 12, 2022 10:53:53 am.

A one-inch pipe passing through a two-inch hole in a brick wall is the reason our rodent pest control crew is doing mouse control in Carrollton, Georgia today. You can't permanently solve a mouse problem without sealing the mice out of the house.
by Webmaster
May 11, 2022 09:24:45 am.

We have a rodent pest control crew heading out to do non-chemical mouse control at a house in Norcross, Georgia. Some exterminating companies may tell you that it's impossible to eliminate a mouse problem without using poisons, but we do it every day.
by Webmaster
May 10, 2022 09:36:49 am.

Heading to a snake call in Griffin Ga.
by Jason Arruda
May 09, 2022 02:31:20 pm.

A roughly one-inch square gap between the bottom of the wooden garage door frame and the driveway will have to be sealed to achieve non-chemical mouse control at a Suwanee, Georgia home. The only way to permanently treat a mouse problem is to make the house rodent-proof.
by Webmaster
May 06, 2022 09:26:47 am.

Today our North Georgia pest control crew are installing a tight-fitting crawl space door as part of a Temple, Georgia mouse control job. Rodent exclusion is the key to effective and permanent rat and mouse control.
by Webmaster
May 06, 2022 09:23:37 am.

The screen behind a foundation vent is completely missing, which is why our pest control technicians are doing mouse control in Woodstock, Georgia today. Effective rodent control begins with sealing the house to keep rats and mice out.
by Webmaster
May 06, 2022 09:12:16 am.

Bats and carpenter bees are flying , Hampton to Ellen, off to demorest, snakes in Hoschton.
by Chris Collender
May 05, 2022 08:49:43 am.

A gap behind an electrical box that crept away from the brick wall is allowing mice into a house in Snellville, Georgia. Our North Georgia pest control crew will re-attach the box to the wall as part of the non-chemical mouse control and rodent proofing job.
by Webmaster
May 04, 2022 09:36:48 am.

One of Our Rodent Pest Control Teams is on their Way to Correct a Handyman's Failed Attempt at Mouse Control at a House in Madison, Georgia
by Webmaster
May 03, 2022 10:14:20 am.

Bats and carpenter bees are in full effect, From Rome, ga to Hampton, ga, then off to Atlanta. Busy times
by Chris Collender
Apr 28, 2022 11:15:13 am.

A fingertip-sized gap between a wooden crawl space door frame and the stone walls of a house in Gainesville, Georgia will have to be sealed as part of a non-chemical mouse-control job. Rodent exterminators from our North Georgia office are doing the honors.
by Webmaster
Apr 27, 2022 10:22:23 am.

The droppings, shredded insulation, and acorn shells were tell-tail evidence of mice that need to be caught and removed from the attic of a house in Aragon, Georgia. We're doing the mouse-control job non-chemically using trapping, removal, and exclusion instead of poisons.
by Webmaster
Apr 21, 2022 09:56:56 am.

Today our North Georgia office has a team of rodent pest control specialists doing mouse control at a Jasper, Georgia home. The mice are getting in through the corner of the garage door where the weather seal broke off. We're treating the mouse problem non-chemically using trapping, removal, and exclusion.
by Webmaster
Apr 21, 2022 09:33:15 am.

A mouse control crew working at an Acworth, Georgia home is replacing all the foundation vents to keep rodent pests out of the house. The existing vent covers are rusted away to basically nothing, which is why the house has mice.
by Webmaster
Apr 18, 2022 11:18:59 am.

A rotten old plywood crawl space access door is allowing mice into a house in Young Harris, Georgia. Our rodent pest control crew is building and installing a new door as part of the mouse-control and pest-proofing job.
by Webmaster
Apr 18, 2022 11:15:26 am.

Rodent pest control technicians from our North Georgia office are busy doing mouse control in Alpharetta. As always, the mice are being treated non-chemically, without any pesticides or other poisons.
by Webmaster
Apr 14, 2022 09:11:10 am.

Busy critter day today, went to locus grove for some bats, Riverdale to get some squirrels, several Atlanta stops, of course rats, then ended in Marietta, rats again
by Chris Collender
Apr 11, 2022 07:25:46 pm.

Beautiful weather, bats are flying, and squirrels are breading, good times. Athens to snellville, over to Stone Mountain, then out to Atlanta
by Chris Collender
Apr 08, 2022 09:31:43 am.

Rain, rain go away, Chris C wants to do Some quotes today, Morganton(flyers), Carrollton(rats), College Park(raccoons), Brookhaven(squirrels)
by Chris Collender
Apr 05, 2022 02:15:46 pm.

Rid-A-Critter provides mouse control and mouse proofing in all of North Georgia, including Athens, Atlanta, Alpharetta, Canton, Carrollton, Cartersville, Cumming, Dacula, Doraville, Dunwoody, Ellijay, Flowery Branch, Gainesville, Jasper, Lawrenceville, Loganville, Macon, Milton, Norcross, Rome, Roswell, Suwanee, Villa Rica, Winston, Woodstock, and everywhere in between.

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