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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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Someone made a hole in the foundation vent and the screen behind it to pass a clothes dryer duct through, and the gap between the duct and the screen allowed mice into a house in Clayton, Georgia.
by Webmaster
Dec 01, 2022 10:17:34 am.

Glad the rain stopped yesterday, we stood in Atlanta, ga. rats and squirrels, then headed to Duluth ga, squirrels again, then to Marietta ga, rats. Another good day
by Chris Collender
Dec 01, 2022 07:20:51 am.

The screen behind the foundation vent has become detached and is hanging down behind the vent, allowing mice to get into the crawl space of a house in Jasper, Georgia through the vent openings. Non-chemical mouse control will require re-screening the vents from the outside to rodent-proof the house.
by Webmaster
Nov 30, 2022 09:32:27 am.

Happy thanksgiving to all, it’s back to work, was in Decatur ga, rats, to off to McDonough ga, rats again, the headed to Douglasville ga, for grey squirrels, then I just left Carrollton ga, bats in attic
by Chris Collender
Nov 28, 2022 12:25:45 pm.

The management, staff, and logo animals of Rid-A-Critter wish all of our customers, suppliers, and Web site visitors a Happy and Save Thanksgiving holiday. Happy Thanksgiving from Rid-A-Critter
by Webmaster
Nov 23, 2022 10:05:14 am.

Cold day yesterday, started in Cedartown ga, squirrels in the soffits, had them last year, he tried to fix it himself last year, didn’t work. Headed to Mableton ga, squirrels again, then 2 stops in Marietta ga
by Chris Collender
Nov 22, 2022 08:21:48 am.

Rainy day, started off in Cleveland ga, bats in the ridge vents, then headed down to Atlanta ga, rats in the basement, then off to Douglasville ga, squirrels chewing holes threw customers shingles
by Chris Collender
Nov 15, 2022 03:36:15 pm.

Rodent pest control technicians doing non-chemical mouse control in Ellijay, Georgia have determined that the mice got in through a sliding foundation vent that was left open about half an inch, allowing the mice to simply walk into the house. Check those vents! This is the time of year when rodents are desperately seeking warm winter homes.
by Webmaster
Nov 15, 2022 09:47:01 am.

It’s a cold Monday, was out in Monroe ga this morning, customer has had a constant issue with squirrels, then out 3 jobs in Atlanta ga, rats rats rats.
by Chris Collender
Nov 14, 2022 11:51:04 am.

Busy day yesterday, started off in Hoschton ga, rats, then out to a rental property in Atlanta, rats, then to Jonesboro ga, rats, then up to Athens ga, squirrels, good times.
by Chris Collender
Nov 10, 2022 10:19:13 am.

Was out in ellijay ga today, rats in crawl space, then headed to Hiawasse ga, flyers in attic, in Athens ga now, raccoons in a house
by Chris Collender
Nov 08, 2022 11:38:20 am.

Mice gnawed a thumb-sized hole through the bottom of the trim covering the garage door track to get into a house in Rome, Georgia. A mouse control crew from our North Georgia office is rodent-proofing the house, which is the only way to permanently eliminate a mouse infestation.
by Webmaster
Nov 08, 2022 10:46:25 am.

Rodent pest control specialists heading out to an Alpharetta, Georgia mouse-control job will be busy this morning sealing multiple gaps in the foundation to rodent-proof the house. Exclusion is the only way to permanently eliminate a mouse or rat problem.
by Webmaster
Nov 04, 2022 06:13:09 am.

The Cable Guy Stuck a Wire Through the Foundation Vent Screen in Another Case of Human-Assisted Rodent Entry at a Snellville, Georgia Mouse-Control Job
by Webmaster
Nov 04, 2022 06:01:40 am.

Did a quote yesterday in Watkinsville, ga bats, and a quote for snakes, different houses, then off the Athens, ga snakes in a crawl space, has mice too. Then over to Covington, squirrels in the attic
by Chris Collender
Nov 03, 2022 09:32:16 am.

Mice gnawed holes through the insulation of about eight inches of electrical wiring in the attic of a house in Sharpsburg, Georgia. Our mouse-control crew is setting traps and rodent-proofing the house while the electricians repairs the damaged wiring.
by Webmaster
Nov 02, 2022 09:36:01 am.

Pest control technicians doing mouse control in Suwanee, Georgia are replacing the garage door weather seal to rodent-proof the house. Because we treat mouse infestations without using poisons, we have to find and seal every potential entry point into the house.
by Webmaster
Nov 01, 2022 10:37:28 am.

A gap around the insulated air-conditioning lines where they pass under a metal hood and through the brick wall allowed mice into a house in Young Harris, Georgia. Our mouse control crew will seal the gap as part of a comprehensive non-chemical rodent-proofing job.
by Webmaster
Nov 01, 2022 10:34:33 am.

A handyman stuck copper wool around a pipe where it passes through the brick wall in an attempt to seal the mice out of a house in Rome, Georgia. Unfortunately, it didn't work. Mice can gnaw through steel wool and copper wool. They don't especially like to, but they will if they have young in the house they need to tend to.
by Webmaster
Nov 01, 2022 10:28:00 am.

Was in Sharpsburg ga, squirrels are chewing threw the shingles to get into the attic, then off to Fayetteville ga, bats in the attic. Headed to Duluth ga, squirrels chewing threw the roof junctions and now in Atlanta ga, for rats
by Chris Collender
Oct 31, 2022 01:43:13 pm.

Went to Rome ga, squirrels for years, then off to Stone Mountain ga, previous customer new house, squirrels again. Headed to Bishop ga, guess for what, squirrels. Seems like theme
by Chris Collender
Oct 26, 2022 01:29:38 pm.

The garage door came out of adjustment, leaving a gap of about three-eighths of an inch under the bottom of the door. That's why our rodent control crew is doing mouse control in Roswell, Georgia today.
by Webmaster
Oct 26, 2022 09:54:14 am.

All it took was a half-inch gap between the garage door frame and the brick wall for mice to get into a house in Carrollton, Georgia. Our mouse control technicians are sealing the gap as part of a comprehensive rodent-exclusion job.
by Webmaster
Oct 26, 2022 09:51:17 am.

Back at in, was in McDonough ga for squirrels and presences of bats, off the Athens ga for squirrels in a metal roof, over to Gainesville ga, previous customer, we sealed his other house, has flyers in his new house, now headed to Atlanta
by Chris Collender
Oct 24, 2022 01:35:08 pm.

Another busy day, Conyers ga for birds, then to peachtree city ga, bats/rats , headed to Atlanta ga and then to Decatur. Good times
by Chris Collender
Oct 21, 2022 03:14:28 pm.

A three-eighths of an inch gap around a pipe where it was passed through the wooden siding explains why we're doing mouse control at a Woodstock, Georgia home today. Our rodent pest control specialists will seal up all the gaps to non-chemically treat the mouse problem and make the house rodent-proof.
by Webmaster
Oct 20, 2022 11:06:00 am.

Today a rodent pest control crew from our North Georgia office is doing non-chemical mouse control in Acworth. The biggest part of the job will be sealing numerous gaps in the cinder block foundation to rodent-proof the house. The mice that are already inside will be trapped and removed without using poisons.
by Webmaster
Oct 14, 2022 09:34:45 am.

Most people have no idea what good climbers mouse are. Mice climbed up to the rain gutter and then got into the attic of a house in Buford, Georgia through a half-inch gap between the roof sheathing and the fascia. Our rodent pest control crew is animal-proofing the roof to non-chemically treat the mouse problem and rodent-proof the house.
by Webmaster
Oct 13, 2022 09:12:53 am.

An improperly-installed drip edge left a gap between the shingles and the fascia that allowed mice to get into the attic of a house in Alpharetta, Georgia. Non-chemical mouse control at this house will involve installing an animal barrier along the edges of the roof to prevent mice that make it up to the rain gutter from getting into the attic.
by Webmaster
Oct 13, 2022 09:09:29 am.

Beautiful day today, was in Bremen ga for bats, then off to Fairburn ga for squirrels, up to Atlanta ga for rats, headed to Brookhaven ga for another quote, not sure the animal just yet
by Chris Collender
Oct 11, 2022 12:57:50 pm.

Mice gnawed through the rubber weather seal on the bottom of the garage door near the door track to get into a house in Cumming, Georgia. Our mouse-control technician will replace the seal as part of the rodent-proofing job.
by Webmaster
Oct 05, 2022 09:14:27 am.

Whoever installed the foundation vents left a half-inch gap between the left side of the vent cover and the block foundation; and that, dear friends, is why our rodent pest control specialists are doing mouse control in Cumming, Georgia today. Trying to permanently eliminate a mouse problem without making the house rodent-proof is just a waste of time.
by Webmaster
Oct 05, 2022 09:05:27 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, Ellijay, Flowery Branch, Gainesville, Jasper, Lawrenceville, Loganville, Macon, Milton, Norcross, Rome, Roswell, Suwanee, Villa Rica, Winston, Woodstock, Young Harris, and everywhere in between.

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