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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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by Chris Collender
Aug 09, 2022 12:21:53 pm.

A tapered gap between the garage door trim and the concrete saddle is the reason we're doing mouse control in Cumming, Georgia today. Our non-chemical rodent-control experts will trap the existing mice, and seal all the gaps to keep mice our of the house without using any poisons.
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Aug 04, 2022 09:36:00 am.

Busy day yesterday, was out in snellville for rats, then out to Bethlehem, Watkinsville and Athens all for bats
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Aug 02, 2022 11:53:29 am.

Bats are flying high, was in Monroe twice for bats in the gables/house, then off to Kennesaw where the bats where in the freeze boards.
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Jul 28, 2022 12:05:24 pm.

An irregular gap averaging about half an inch between the foundation and the bottom row of siding will have to be sealed to achieve non-chemical mouse control at a house in Canton, Georgia. You can't permanently eliminate a mouse problem without rodent proofing the house.
by Webmaster
Jul 22, 2022 09:16:14 am.

Shredded pillow stuffing and paper in the insulation were evidence of mice that need to be caught and removed from the attic of a Dawsonville, Georgia home. We have a rodent pest control team on their way to non-chemically treat the mouse problem and rodent-proof the house.
by Webmaster
Jul 19, 2022 10:16:02 am.

In Bishop ga, rats in a older home, next stop Athens ga, bats in the gables/ridge vents
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Jul 19, 2022 09:31:22 am.

A Rodent Pest Control Crew from our North Georgia Office is Sealing a Gap Under a Door Frame that is the Reason Why We're Doing Mouse Control in Roswell, Georgia Today
by Webmaster
Jul 15, 2022 08:31:17 am.

A fingertip-sized gap where the mortar fell out of the brick wall where the deck attaches to it allowed mice into a house in Norcross, Georgia. Our mouse control professionals will seal that little gap and any other potential entry points they find to non-chemically solve the mouse problem and rodent-proof the house.
by Webmaster
Jul 14, 2022 10:21:40 am.

To Achieve Long-Lasting Rodent Elimination, We're Doing Non-Chemical Mouse Control at a Rome, Georgia Home
by Webmaster
Jul 14, 2022 10:14:12 am.

A square hole about one inch on each side between the bottom of the wooden garage door frame and the concrete driveway allowed mice into a house in Buford, Georgia. Mouse control specialists from our North Georgia office will seal the gap and any others that they find to achieve permanent, non-chemical rodent pest exclusion.
by Webmaster
Jul 13, 2022 10:58:14 am.

Busy day, bats in Hampton, then off to Greensboro ga, bats again, bats in loganville, and now off to squirrels in Buford
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Jul 12, 2022 11:55:56 am.

A plate that the air conditioning pipes pass through into a house in Woodstock, Georgia became detached from the siding, resulting in a one-inch gap that allowed mice into the house. Our pest control crew will reattach the plate as part of the non-chemical mouse control and rodent-proofing job.
by Webmaster
Jul 12, 2022 09:11:05 am.

We have a non-chemical rodent pest control crew doing mouse control in Rome, Georgia this morning. The insulation in the attic is full of mouse droppings and urine, so our crew will remove and replace it as part of the mouse-control and rodent pest-exclusion job.
by Webmaster
Jul 12, 2022 09:00:19 am.

The bits of shredded foam in the insulation between the joists were the result of mice that were gnawing at the insulation on the air-conditioning pipes in the attic of a house in Big Canoe, Georgia. Our rodent pest control crew will replace the damaged pipe insulation as part of the mouse control job.
by Webmaster
Jul 12, 2022 08:57:25 am.

A fingertip-high gap between the bottom of the wooden garage door frame and the concrete driveway was all the invitation mice needed to get into a house in Snellville, Georgia. Those gaps are there to help prevent water damage to the wood, but they need to be sealed to keep mice and other rodent pests out of the house.
by Webmaster
Jul 05, 2022 10:07:42 am.

About three inches of the weather seal on the bottom of the garage door cracked off, which is why we're busy doing mouse control at a Jasper, Georgia home today. Permanent rodent pest control requires that every possible entry gap be found and sealed to keep mice and rats out of the house.
by Webmaster
Jun 29, 2022 11:22:05 am.

The reason our North Georgia rodent pest control crew is doing mouse control in Young Harris is because the foundation vents were never properly secured. They crept out from the wall and created gaps along their edges that allowed mice into the house. We'll properly secure the vents to make the house rodent-proof.
by Webmaster
Jun 29, 2022 11:18:40 am.

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.

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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