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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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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
by Webmaster
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.

We're on our way to a non-chemical mouse-removal job in the attic of a house in Villa Rica, Georgia. We'll be setting traps to catch and remove the mice, and sealing gaps in the house to make it mouse-proof.
by Webmaster
Feb 22, 2021 10:44:02 am.

Rainy all over Georgia it seems like. Hard for us to keep dry when we’re determined to evict the animals and seal to keep them out. In Albany Ga now for a couple quotes and then to Zebulon Ga for another quote for squirrels removal. Be safe
by Jason Arruda
Feb 18, 2021 11:10:35 am.

We have a technician sealing a gap between a door frame and an expansion joint in the concrete to keep mice out of a house in Dunwoody, Georgia.
by Webmaster
Feb 17, 2021 10:00:03 am.

We have a team mouse-proofing a house in Murrayville, Georgia. Among the work they're doing is replacing the old clothes dryer vents with modern ones that are both rodent-resistant and energy-efficient.
by Webmaster
Feb 17, 2021 09:52:43 am.

A mouse-control technician from our North Georgia office is replacing a garage door weather seal and adjusting the travel limit switches to non-chemically treat a mouse problem at a house in Gainesville, Georgia.
by Webmaster
Feb 16, 2021 10:47:30 am.

We have a technician sealing the gap around an electric meter to keep mice out of a brick house in Roswell, Georgia. The meter is recessed into the wall, and mice have been getting in through a gap around it.
by Webmaster
Feb 12, 2021 10:21:35 am.

We're finishing up a mouse-proofing job at a house in Dunwoody, Georgia. Treating mouse problems by trapping and exclusion is safer and more permanent than using poisons, and eliminates the chances of mice dying inside the house.
by Webmaster
Feb 12, 2021 10:12:40 am.

Go Ahead and Guess How the Mice Got into this House in Adairsville, Georgia
by Webmaster
Feb 11, 2021 10:14:02 am.

Mice were climbing up a pipe outside the house and through a gap in the soffit panel to get into the attic of a Dalton, Georgia home. We have technicians on their way to catch the mice and seal them out of the house.
by Webmaster
Feb 10, 2021 11:08:12 am.

One of our crews is sealing gaps around pipes where they pass through the brick wall to keep mice from getting into a house in Roswell, Georgia. We treat residential mouse problems without using poisons.
by Webmaster
Feb 10, 2021 11:05:02 am.

One of our technicians is building and installing a new crawl space door to keep mice out of a house in Bremen, Georgia. The old door is warped and sagging and doesn't fit tightly enough to exclude the mice.
by Webmaster
Feb 08, 2021 10:17:55 am.

We have a mouse-control crew sealing gaps in the brick wall of a house in Alpharetta, Georgia to keep mice out of the house. The mice are getting in through the foundation vents and through gaps around pipes and wires.
by Webmaster
Feb 08, 2021 10:14:58 am.

We have technicians doing non-chemical mouse control at a Suwanee, Georgia house. We control mice by trapping and exclusion, without the use of rodenticides or other poisons.
by Webmaster
Feb 03, 2021 10:45:00 am.

Headed over to Albany Georgia for a quote to exclude squirrels.
by Jason Arruda
Feb 02, 2021 11:44:36 am.

Today our guys are sealing all the opening in the foundation to keep mice out of a house in Gainesville, Georgia. Our non-chemical mouse control system is based on trapping and exclusion, not poisons.
by Webmaster
Feb 02, 2021 10:50:03 am.

Our technicians are busy at work sealing mice out of a house in Dunwoody, Georgia. Mice can get into homes through very small openings, and our technicians are experts at finding and sealing all of them.
by Webmaster
Feb 01, 2021 11:02:55 am.

Give Ridacritter a call for any of your nuisance animal needs. From Bats, to Bees, Squirrels, to Rats, Ridacritter solves all of your problems. Call for an exclusion today!
by Jake A.
Jan 30, 2021 10:25:50 am.

Failed Handyman Attempt to Mouse-Proof at a House in Carrollton, Georgia
by Webmaster
Jan 27, 2021 09:23:23 am.

Very busy right now. Lots of squirrels and rats in the Birmingham and surrounding areas. Looks like bats are flying already as I’ve got several bat jobs to look at this week. Had a customer yesterday with squirrels and bats.
by Chris Scott
Jan 26, 2021 08:07:01 am.

Today We're Installing a Mouse-Proof Dryer Vent at this Dunwoody, Georgia Home
by Webmaster
Jan 20, 2021 10:17:05 am.

Technicians from our North Georgia office are on their way to perform non-chemical mouse control at a house in Hiram, Georgia. We treat mouse infestations using trapping and exclusion, not pesticides.
by Webmaster
Jan 15, 2021 10:01:28 am.

We have a crew heading out to a house in Roswell, Georgia to take care of a mouse problem in the attic. They'll be catching and removing the mice, and sealing the outside of the house to prevent future mouse problems.
by Webmaster
Jan 14, 2021 10:37:02 am.

Another lovely day doing exclusion work in Kennesaw then it’s time for some after care appointments. Stay safe out there everyone and call us for all of your critter needs.
by Chris G.
Jan 14, 2021 09:16:25 am.

Our North Georgia office has a team repairing the garage door trim to keep mice out of a house in Ball Ground, Georgia. They'll also set traps to catch and remove the mice, and seal up any other gaps they find to keep them out.
by Webmaster
Jan 13, 2021 10:50:09 am.

We're heading out to a mouse-proofing job at a house in Oxford, Georgia. We'll be fixing the mistakes made by a handyman who tried unsuccessfully to seal the mice out of the house.
by Webmaster
Jan 13, 2021 10:32:31 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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