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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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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.

Our technicians are re-screening the foundation vents to prevent mice from getting into a brick house in Canton, Georgia. The old screening rotted away over time and needs to be replaced to keep the mice out of the house.
by Webmaster
Jan 11, 2021 10:45:40 am.

Mice are getting into a house in Canton, Georgia through a gap around the gas pipe where it passes through the brick wall. We have technicians on their way to seal the gap and treat the mouse problem.
by Webmaster
Jan 11, 2021 10:41:27 am.

Doing a seal up in Sandy Springs this morning and then off to Decatur for another seal up. Busy Monday!!!
by Chris G.
Jan 11, 2021 09:46:26 am.

Another Failed Do-it-Yourself Mouse-Proofing Attempt in Roswell, Georgia
by Webmaster
Jan 08, 2021 12:27:35 pm.

Our North Georgia office has technicians finishing up a mouse-proofing job at a house in Loganville, Georgia. We control mice by trapping, removal, and exclusion, without using any pesticides or chemicals.
by Webmaster
Jan 08, 2021 12:12:42 pm.

In Auburn Alabama quoting exclusions for gray squirrels today.
by Jason Arruda
Jan 07, 2021 11:01:30 am.

Lots of squirrel and rat calls today. From Birmingham to Anniston.
by Chris Scott
Jan 07, 2021 09:46:52 am.

Here's How Mouse Got into a Brick House in Griffin, Georgia
by Webmaster
Jan 07, 2021 08:44:47 am.

In Alpharetta, Ga this morning providing a clearance letter to a customer so their buyers can rest assured they’re purchasing a Critter Free home. Did I mention our Warranty is 100% transferable??
by Tim McDavid
Jan 05, 2021 09:29:57 am.

Lots of squirrel calls today. It appears gray and flying squirrels are attempting to take over every attic in the Birmingham and surrounding areas.
by Chris Scott
Jan 04, 2021 05:58:27 pm.

New Blog Post: Happy New Year!
by Webmaster
Dec 31, 2020 10:41:11 am.

We have a crew setting traps to catch and remove mice from the attic of a house in Cumming, Georgia. The mice got into the basement and made their way up to the attic inside the walls. We'll seal the outside of the house to keep the mice out.
by Webmaster
Dec 31, 2020 10:31:10 am.

A non-chemical mouse-control crew from our North Georgia office is replacing the screens behind the foundation vent covers to keep mice out of a house in Tunnel Hill, Georgia. They're also trapping and removing the mice that are already in the house.
by Webmaster
Dec 30, 2020 10:04:49 am.

Today we're starting a non-chemical mouse-control job in a house in Big Canoe, Georgia. The mice are all through the house, from the crawl space to the attic. We'll catch and remove them, and mouse-proof the house.
by Webmaster
Dec 28, 2020 10:45:44 am.

Today We'll Seal Up this Gap to Keep Mice out of this Canton, Georgia Home
by Webmaster
Dec 28, 2020 10:36:55 am.

We have technicians sealing gaps around the exterior of a house in Alpharetta, Georgia to prevent mice from getting in. Trapping and removing mice doesn't make any sense unless you also seal them out of the house.
by Webmaster
Dec 28, 2020 10:27:24 am.

Today we have a crew heading out to a non-chemical mouse-control job in the attic of a house in Buford, Georgia. We'll be trapping and removing the mice, and sealing up the exterior of the house to prevent future mouse infestations.
by Webmaster
Dec 28, 2020 10:19:18 am.

New Blog Post: Merry Christmas!
by Webmaster
Dec 24, 2020 11:23:46 am.

One of our North Georgia crews just finished a non-chemical mouse-control job at a house in Alpharetta, Georgia. Today's visit was the final inspection to make sure that every last mouse had been caught and removed from the house.
by Webmaster
Dec 24, 2020 10:48:19 am.

A homeowner in Alpharetta, Georgia called to tell us she saw footprints in the dust in the attic of her house. Judging by her description of the tail prints, it sounds like mice. We have an inspector on the way to identify the rodents.
by Webmaster
Dec 22, 2020 10:56:16 am.

We have technicians on their way to mouse-proof a house in Canton, Georgia. You know those little gaps between the door frames and the concrete? Well, mice know about them too.
by Webmaster
Dec 22, 2020 10:39:27 am.

We have technicians mouse-proofing a house in Carrollton, Georgia today. The way we control mice is to trap and remove the mice that are already in the house, and seal any gaps or holes around the house to prevent future mouse infestations.
by Webmaster
Dec 21, 2020 11:01:27 am.

Today We'll be Sealing Mice out of this House in Cumming, Georgia
by Webmaster
Dec 21, 2020 10:58:37 am.

Pesky Mice Chewed Through this Vent Screen and into a House in Hiram, Georgia
by Webmaster
Dec 17, 2020 06:06:51 pm.

Our North Georgia office is replacing the screens behind the foundation vents, as well as replacing a rotted old crawl space door, to keep mice out of a house in Alpharetta, Georgia.
by Webmaster
Dec 17, 2020 08:54:48 am.

Mice often get into houses through gaps around gas pipes where they're passed through the siding. We have a crew sealing gaps around the pipes to keep mice out of a house in Cumming, Georgia.
by Webmaster
Dec 16, 2020 10:01:17 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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