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Mouse Control in North Georgia

House Mouse in Corner

The house mouse is a common pest of homes and businesses throughout Georgia, and pretty much everywhere in the world.

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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A rodent-removal team from our North Georgia office is busy mouse-proofing the exterior of a house in Snellville. Sealing mice out of a house in the only permanent method of mouse control.
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Apr 16, 2021 10:04:57 am.

A homeowner found mouse droppings in the attic of her Suwanee, Georgia home. We have an inspector on the way to check out the problem and draw up a plan for safe, non-chemical mouse control.
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Apr 14, 2021 10:21:46 am.

Today We'll be Non-Chemically Mouse-Proofing this House in Rome, Georgia
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Apr 12, 2021 09:47:49 am.

One of our non-chemical mouse-control crews is heading out to treat a mouse problem at a house in Dunwoody, Georgia. We treat residential mouse problems using trapping and exclusion, with no pesticides.
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Apr 05, 2021 10:14:20 am.

We have a technician sealing gaps around pipes and wires where they pass through the brick wall of a Carrollton, Georgia home to keep mice out of the house. He's also setting traps to non-chemically treat the existing mouse problem.
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Apr 05, 2021 10:10:40 am.

We have technicians working in the attic of a house in Madison, Georgia catching mice and removing them from the house. They're also sealing up all the gaps around the house to prevent future mouse problems.
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Mar 29, 2021 10:25:20 am.

One of our North Georgia mouse-removal crews is non-chemically treating a mouse problem in the attic of a house in Jasper, Georgia.
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Mar 29, 2021 10:22:25 am.

Another Man-Made Mouse Entry Gap into a House in Dubnwoody, Georgia
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Mar 25, 2021 09:55:48 am.

We're replacing all the foundation vents to non-chemically mouse-proof a house in Dunwoody, Georgia. The existing vents are rusted away beyond the point of repair.
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Mar 25, 2021 09:44:36 am.

Our non-chemical mouse-control experts are replacing the screens on the foundation vents to keep mice out of a house in Carrollton, Georgia. They're also using traps to catch and remove the existing mice from the house.
by Webmaster
Mar 19, 2021 09:21:40 am.

We have a crew working in the crawl space of a house in Dalton, Georgia, setting traps to non-chemically catch and remove rats from the house, and sealing up gaps in the foundation to prevent future rodent problems.
by Webmaster
Mar 18, 2021 10:47:43 am.

Mouse control technicians from our North Georgia office are replacing some sections of rotten wooden exterior trim as part of the comprehensive mouse-removal and mouse-proofing of a house in Colbert, Georgia.
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Mar 18, 2021 10:38:35 am.

A crew from our North Georgia office is sealing gaps in the foundation and installing a new crawl space door to mouse-proof a house in Canton. They'll also use traps to non-chemically address the existing mouse problem.
by Webmaster
Mar 18, 2021 10:32:41 am.

Hope everyone stays safe from the storms. Listen out for animals, they might be taking shelter too!
by Amber A.
Mar 17, 2021 05:45:47 pm.

A homeowner found mouse droppings and urine in the attic of their Madison, Georgia home. We have an inspector on the way to check out the situation and draw up a plan for non-chemical mouse control and exclusion.
by Webmaster
Mar 17, 2021 10:04:08 am.

Another Failed DIY Mouse-Proofing Attempt at a House in Morgantown, Georgia
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Mar 17, 2021 10:00:11 am.

Today is a wonderful day to call Ridacritter for all of your nuisance animal exclusion needs! We cover rats, mice, squirrels, raccoons, and more!
by Jake A.
Mar 12, 2021 02:54:13 pm.

One of our technicians is building and installing a new crawl space door and frame that will keep mice out of the crawl space of a house in Morgantown, Georgia.
by Webmaster
Mar 12, 2021 10:43:39 am.

Warm weather brought out calls for several animals today! From Snakes, to squirrels, mice and bees!!
by Amber A.
Mar 10, 2021 07:41:48 pm.

Tricky little things! Keep an eye out for mice, they multiply quickly and are quite stealthy! Call Ridacritter today
by Jake A.
Mar 09, 2021 08:42:57 am.

We sent a technician with good masonry skills to seal the gaps in the stone foundation of a house in Ellijay, Georgia to keep mice out of the house. We'll also non-chemically treat the existing mouse infestation.
by Webmaster
Mar 05, 2021 09:08:54 am.

Our technicians are just about done catching and removing mice from the attic of a house in Jasper, Georgia. We perform residential mouse control without using any pesticides or poisons.
by Webmaster
Mar 05, 2021 09:00:18 am.

We're doing non-chemical mouse control at a house in Dalton, Georgia today. The mice are getting into the house through numerous gaps around pipes and wires where they were passed through the brick walls.
by Webmaster
Mar 03, 2021 10:39:26 am.

We have a crew non-chemically trapping and removing mice from the attic of a house in Dunwoody, Georgia. They'll also be re-flashing part of the roof to close up gaps and seal mice out of the attic.
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Mar 01, 2021 11:01:34 am.

Technicians from our North Georgia office are replacing a clothes dryer vent with a rodent-proof one as part of the comprehensive mouse-proofing of a house in Norcross, Georgia.
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Feb 26, 2021 10:05:03 am.

Rats, mice and squirrels today. Wildlife repairs with trapping. Animal exclusion needed call us for a free quote.
by Jason Arruda
Feb 25, 2021 10:58:52 am.

Today we're re-screening the foundation vent covers to prevent mice from getting into a house in Gainesville, Georgia. Effective mouse control requires not only trapping and removing the mice, but sealing them out of the house.
by Webmaster
Feb 24, 2021 10:38:49 am.

A team from our North Georgia office is sealing the foundation of a house in Cumming, Georgia to keep mice out of the crawl space. Mice can get into homes through gaps the width of a pencil's diameter.
by Webmaster
Feb 24, 2021 10:31:49 am.

Today We're Mouse-Proofing this House in Roswell, Georgia
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Feb 23, 2021 10:14:02 am.

We have a crew heading out to treat a mouse problem at a house in Morgantown, Georgia. The mice are getting in through a gap between the bottom of the siding and the sill plate. We'll seal the gap to keep them out.
by Webmaster
Feb 23, 2021 10:08:46 am.

We have a crew heading out to mouse-proof a brick house in Snellville, Georgia. They'll also be non-chemically treating the existing mouse problem, of course. Trapping and exclusion is the most permanent mouse-control method.
by Webmaster
Feb 22, 2021 11:17:13 am.

We have technicians mouse-proofing a house in Tallapoosa, Georgia. After years of paying exterminators to refill bait stations, the homeowner finally decided to permanently and non-chemically seal mice out of their house.
by Webmaster
Feb 22, 2021 11:06:51 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, Kennesaw, Jasper, Lawrenceville, Loganville, Macon, Milton, Norcross, Rome, Roswell, Suwanee, Villa Rica, Winston, Woodstock, and everywhere in between.

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