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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

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 half-inch gap between the brick wall and the wooden trim at the corner of the house allowed mice to get into a house in Dawsonville, Georgia. Our mouse pest control technicians are sealing the gap and replacing the trim to solve the mouse problem without using pesticides or other poisons.
by Webmaster
Jan 26, 2022 09:05:12 am.

Mice gnawed a hole right through the sprayed-on foam insulation applied inside the attic of a house in Alpharetta, Georgia. Foam insulation has pretty good insulating characteristics, but it won't keep pest mice, rats, and other rodents out. They chew right through it.
by Webmaster
Jan 21, 2022 10:35:41 am.

A gap about the width of the diameter of a pencil between the garage door trim and the brick wall allowed pest mice to get into a house in Bremen, Georgia. Sealing that gap will be the first thing our mouse control crew does to non-chemically treat the mouse problem and make the house rodent-proof.
by Webmaster
Jan 21, 2022 10:32:20 am.

Mouse droppings on the plywood floor were evidence of a mouse infestation in the attic of a house in Big Canoe, Georgia. Our non-chemical mouse control experts are setting traps to catch the mice without using poisons, and rodent-proofing the house to prevent problems with pest mice and rats getting into the house in the future.
by Webmaster
Jan 21, 2022 10:30:04 am.

Mice climbed up the space behind the vinyl corner post all the way up to the attic of a house in Carrollton, Georgia. Mouse control technicians from our North Georgia office are using the non-chemical pest control techniques of trapping and rodent-proofing to treat the mouse problem without using poisons.
by Webmaster
Jan 21, 2022 10:27:05 am.

Mice climbed up the space between a vertical pipe and the siding, and then through a hole where it passes through the soffit, to get into the attic of a house in Waleska, Georgia. We have a pest control crew on the scene rodent-proofing the house and setting traps to treat the mouse problem without using pesticides.
by Webmaster
Jan 20, 2022 10:02:35 am.

Pest mice and pest rats can be a challenge to keep out of a house but Ridacritter is up to the challenge. You don't have to share your home with pest animals or rodents. Call Ridacritter for a quote on our animal exclusion services.
by Richard Adcock
Jan 20, 2022 08:22:04 am.

There is a fingertip-sized gap between the wooden door frame and the brick wall that is allowing mice into a house in Alpharetta, Georgia. Mouse control at the house must therefore being with sealing the gap to keep pest rodents out of the house. Trapping and removing mice without sealing them out of the house would be silly and pointless. But that's exactly what some mouse exterminators do.
by Webmaster
Jan 19, 2022 11:05:57 am.

The snow didn’t stop me nor the animals, was in Hiawasse, Duluth, Snellville, and then Marietta
by Chris Collender
Jan 18, 2022 04:41:40 pm.

A gap about the size of two fingertips between the bottom of the garage door frame and the driveway allowed mice to get into a house in Villa Rica, Georgia. Mouse pest control at this house will begin with sealing that gap to prevent new mice from getting in, while using traps to safely get rid of the existing house without using any toxic chemicals.
by Webmaster
Jan 18, 2022 10:17:50 am.

We Have a Crew of Non-Chemical Pest Control Technicians Sealing a Rodent Entry Gap Between the Air-Conditioning Pipes at a Roswell, Georgia Mouse Control Job
by Webmaster
Jan 18, 2022 10:06:40 am.

Will be a cold and windy day today. Guys will be out working hard to seal homes, preventing all kinds of pest animals from getting in. Animals like rats, mice, squirrels, raccoons and opossums want out of the cold too. Pest animals beware.
by Richard Adcock
Jan 17, 2022 06:39:14 am.

Pretty good day in the office yesterday. We accepted new pest animal removal jobs in Grayson, Athens, Duluth, Fayetteville, Chamblee, Marietta, Monroe & Canton to name a few. For the best pest animal control service call Ridacritter today!
by Richard Adcock
Jan 14, 2022 07:43:04 am.

Someone ran an extension cord through a hole in the foundation wall. The mice climbed up the wire to get into the crawl space of a house in Suwanee, Georgia. Mouse control at this house will require moving the wire and plugging the hole to achieve non-chemical control of pest rodents.
by Webmaster
Jan 13, 2022 10:35:20 am.

The reason the house is full of mice is because a plumber decided to shove a condensate drain through the screen of a foundation vent on a house in Ellijay, Georgia. A mouse-control crew is employing non-chemical pest control methods to solve the mouse problem without using poisons, and rodent-proofing the entire house to prevent future problems with mice and rats.
by Webmaster
Jan 13, 2022 10:17:02 am.

Currently in Monroe ga, squirrel job, headed to Atlanta now for rats in the crawl space
by Chris Collender
Jan 13, 2022 10:01:40 am.

In order to achieve non-chemical mouse control at a Flowery Branch, Georgia home, our North Georgia pest control technicians are building and installing a new, tight-fitting crawl space door that will keep rodents out of the house without using poisons.
by Webmaster
Jan 12, 2022 09:56:36 am.

Quoted a house in flowery branch with rats, then Gainesville for flyers now off to Cummings for squirrels
by Chris Collender
Jan 10, 2022 09:29:58 am.

While working a Milton, Georgia mouse-control job, our pest control technicians discovered that the same gap under the door frame that was allowing mice into a house was also allowing water to get in. They'll fix both the water problem and the mouse problem as part of the rodent control and exclusion job.
by Webmaster
Jan 06, 2022 09:59:33 am.

Baby it’s cold outside, lilburn, lawrenceville, and McDonough, all 3 calls where squirrels chewing threw the ceiling into the house
by Chris Collender
Jan 04, 2022 12:01:10 pm.

A hose passed through a crawl space door gave mice just the edge they needed to gnaw their way into a house in Madison, Georgia. Mouse control technicians are building a new crawl space door to rodent-proof the house, and using non-chemical pest control methods to trap and remove the mice without using poisons.
by Webmaster
Jan 04, 2022 10:46:44 am.

A gap between the bottom of the wooden door frame and the walkway allowed mice to get into a house in Alpharetta, Georgia. Our mouse pest control technicians will rodent-proof the house, and then use traps to catch and remove the mice and clear up the infestation without using poisons.
by Webmaster
Jan 04, 2022 10:35:49 am.

Non-Chemical Rodent-Proofing is Needed at this Snellville, Georgia Mouse Control Job
by Webmaster
Jan 03, 2022 10:13:55 am.

Beginning of another great year in the pest critter control, removal and prevention business. Call Ridacritter for a quote so you can be critter free. We service metro areas of Atlanta, Macon, Albany, Valdosta, Birmingham and many more.
by Richard Adcock
Jan 03, 2022 06:52:37 am.

Today a pest control crew is sealing gaps under the exterior trim as part of a Roswell, Georgia mouse control job. Because we treat mouse problems without poisons, rodent exclusion is the most-important part of the job.
by Webmaster
Dec 30, 2021 09:45:51 am.

Mice climbed up a three-quarter inch space between a vertical pipe and the siding to get into the soffit of a house in Cumming, Georgia. Mouse control at this house will include sealing the gap where the pipe passes through the soffit panel to keep rodent pests out of the attic.
by Webmaster
Dec 29, 2021 09:44:52 am.

We have new pest animal removal jobs in Birmingham, Lawrenceville, Hoover, Alpharetta, Marietta, Stonecrest and Smyrna to name a few. Crews will be providing free quotes for removal & prevention of critters in homes and attics.
by Richard Adcock
Dec 28, 2021 08:47:39 am.

Busy day after the Holidays, in Austell for snakes in the basement, then to Duluth and Stonecrest for squirrels, now on my way to Alpharetta for another quote
by Chris Collender
Dec 27, 2021 01:06:28 pm.

Our Rodent Pest Control Technicians are Heading to Haralson County, Where a Crawl Space Door Needs Replacement at a Tallapoosa, Georgia Mouse Control Job
by Webmaster
Dec 27, 2021 09:43:45 am.

This morning our North Georgia pest control technicians are installing a new, tight-fitting crawl space door at a Gainesville, Georgia mouse control job. Permanently rodent-proofing a house requires sealing any gaps that mice and rats might use to get into a house, not just the ones they're using at the time of the job.
by Webmaster
Dec 27, 2021 09:37:43 am.

You don't have to share your home with pest animals like mice, rats, squirrels, raccoons, opossum or bats. Call Ridacritter for a free quote on pest animal removal and prevention. Over 20 years Ridacritter has been assisting home owners.
by Richard Adcock
Dec 23, 2021 10:43:26 am.

A small gap between the roof sheathing and fascia will have to be covered with a metal pest shield as part of a Canton, Georgia mouse control job. Pest control best practices for rodents begins with rodent-proofing the house to prevent mice and rats from getting in. Then the existing infestation is treated using non-toxic trapping and removal.
by Webmaster
Dec 23, 2021 09:26:37 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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