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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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We have a crew sealing gaps in the mortar to keep mice out of a brick house in Acworth, Georgia. Gaps in the mortar are common ways that mice get into both brick and stone houses.
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Nov 30, 2020 10:55:03 am.

We have a team of technicians methodically sealing gaps in the foundation to prevent mice from getting into a house in Hiram, Georgia. Non-chemical mouse exclusion is the safest and longest-lasting method of mouse control.
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Nov 23, 2020 10:33:09 am.

Today We'll Replace the Crawl Space Door to Keep Mice out of this Roswell, Georgia Home
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Nov 23, 2020 10:28:13 am.

This was How mice Got into a Brick House in Suches, Georgia
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Nov 23, 2020 10:20:32 am.

Our technicians are working under the deck of a house in Ellijay, Georgia, sealing a hidden gap between the foundation and the sill plate to prevent mice from getting into the house.
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Nov 19, 2020 09:29:37 am.

Pesky Mice Gnawed their Way into the Crawl Space of a Lawrenceville, Georgia Home
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Nov 18, 2020 10:29:07 am.

One of our crews is on the way to a non-chemical mouse-control and mouse-proofing job in Woodstock, Georgia. We'll trap and remove the mice that are already in the house, and seal the gaps in the exterior to keep mice out.
by Webmaster
Nov 13, 2020 09:28:20 am.

We're have a technician building a new crawl space door to keep mice out of a house in Acworth, Georgia. The old door had gaps around it that were allowing mice to get into the crawl space. The new one will fit tightly and seal them out.
by Webmaster
Nov 13, 2020 09:16:37 am.

Our North Georgia office has a team of rat-control specialists setting traps to catch and remove roof rats from the attic of a house in LaGrange, Georgia. We'll also be sealing up the roof to keep rats and other animals out of the attic.
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Nov 12, 2020 09:56:45 am.

Our North Georgia office has a crew heading out to Temple to replace the rusty old foundation vent covers to keep mice out of the crawl space of a house.
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Nov 06, 2020 06:27:08 am.

We have a crew getting ready for a non-chemical mouse control job at a house in Ranger, Georgia. We'll be sealing gaps around the foundation, and especially around the garage door, to keep mice out of the house.
by Webmaster
Nov 06, 2020 06:19:57 am.

We have a crew screening and re-installing the foundation vents to keep mice out of a house in Calhoun, Georgia. The vents were never properly secured and crept away from the foundation over time, allowing mice to get into the house.
by Webmaster
Nov 04, 2020 09:38:08 am.

Clear Evidence of a Mouse Problem in the Attic of a House in Carrolton, Georgia
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Nov 04, 2020 09:27:14 am.

Technicians from our North Georgia office are doing a non-chemical mouse-control and mouse-proofing job at a house in Roswell, Georgia. The mice are throughout the house, even in the attic. We'll remove the mice and seal them out of the house.
by Webmaster
Nov 03, 2020 10:26:45 am.

Here's How Mice Got All the Way into the Attic of a House in Buford, Georgia
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Nov 02, 2020 10:40:40 am.

We're on our way to make a house in Alpharetta, Georgia mouse-proof. The mice are getting into the house through gaps between the exterior wooden trim and the pavement. We'll seal all those gaps to keep mice out of the house.
by Webmaster
Nov 02, 2020 10:35:32 am.

A Crawl Space Door Needs Replacement to keep Mice out of a Roswell, Georgia Home
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Oct 29, 2020 10:36:28 am.

A crew from our North Georgia office is replacing the foundation vent screens as part of mouse-proofing a house in Buford. The mice gnawed holes right through the screens that came with the vents to get into the house.
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Oct 28, 2020 10:48:44 am.

We have a technician heading out to install a rodent-proof dryer vent to keep mice out of a house in Griffin, Georgia.
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Oct 27, 2020 10:36:51 am.

How Mice Got All the Way Up to the Attic of this House in Big Canoe, Georgia
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Oct 26, 2020 09:52:21 am.

Here's Why this Cumming, Georgia Home Needs Mouse Control in the Attic
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Oct 26, 2020 09:47:11 am.

Pesky Mice Chewed their Way into the Garage of this House in Dunwoody, Georgia
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Oct 26, 2020 09:38:26 am.

The Mice Climbed the Air Conditioning Pipes to Get into this House in Woodstock, Georgia
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Oct 22, 2020 10:46:34 am.

One of our crews is replacing the foundation vent screens at a house in Toccoa, Georgia to keep mice out of the basement of the house. The screens that come with most foundation vents are too flimsy to keep mice out of a building.
by Webmaster
Oct 22, 2020 10:42:06 am.

We have a technician setting traps and sealing gaps to non-chemically treat a mouse problem at a house in Snellville, Georgia. We treat residential mouse infestations without using any pesticides at all.
by Webmaster
Oct 22, 2020 10:35:51 am.

We're replacing a clothes dryer vent with a rodent-proof one to keep mice out of a house in Sharpsburg, Georgia. Dryer vents are a common way for mice and other rodents to get into homes, and sometimes the dryers themselves.
by Webmaster
Oct 22, 2020 10:25:51 am.

This is Why this Woodstock, Georgia Home Needs Mouse Control
by Webmaster
Oct 22, 2020 10:22:04 am.

We have a technician replacing the weather seal on a garage door to keep mice out of a house in Alpharetta, Georgia. The weather seal broke on its own due to age and wear. The mice just took advantage of the gap to get into the garage.
by Webmaster
Oct 20, 2020 10:49:16 am.

A Gap Behind the Corner Post Allowed Mice into the Attic of a Calhoun, Georgia Home
by Webmaster
Oct 20, 2020 10:44:38 am.

We have technicians sealing gaps in the mortar to keep mice out a brick house in Cave Spring, Georgia. Most of the gaps were caused by workers who passed pipes and wires through the bricks, but never bother sealing them to keep rodents out.
by Webmaster
Oct 20, 2020 10:39:41 am.

The Mice Climbed Up the Downspout and into the Attic of this Buford, Georgia Home
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Oct 20, 2020 10:27:10 am.

A Loose Dryer Vent Allowed Mice into a House in Cumming, Georgia
by Webmaster
Oct 14, 2020 10:04:34 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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