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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 Found Evidence of a Mouse Problem in the Attic of a House in Big Canoe, Georgia
by Webmaster
Sep 27, 2020 07:09:23 pm.

Our North Georgia office has a technician setting traps and sealing holes to non-chemically treat a mouse problem in a house in Gainesville, Georgia. We perform residential mouse control entirely without the use of poisons.
by Webmaster
Sep 24, 2020 10:36:03 am.

Our North Georgia office has technicians sealing all the gaps around the foundation to prevent mice from getting into a house in Cumming, Georgia. This is the time of year when mice are highly motivated to find and provision their winter homes.
by Webmaster
Sep 17, 2020 10:59:49 am.

Our North Georgia office has a crew sealing the gaps in a brick house in Carrollton, Georgia to keep mice out of the house.
by Webmaster
Sep 11, 2020 10:10:10 am.

Headed down south today to Albany Ga to give a quote for a bat exclusion. Animals in the attic scratching and bats are keeping the customers up at night. Time for us to step in.
by Jason Arruda
Sep 10, 2020 09:42:30 am.

Our North Georgia office is sealing the gaps around a house in Suwanee, Georgia to prevent mice from getting into the house. We'll non-chemically trap and remove the mice that are already in the house.
by Webmaster
Sep 09, 2020 10:30:57 am.

Here's How Mice Got into this Brick House in Alpharetta, Georgia
by Webmaster
Sep 08, 2020 09:49:37 am.

The Mice Gnawed through a Vent Screen and into this House in Madison, Georgia
by Webmaster
Sep 03, 2020 09:37:34 am.

We're on our way to a non-chemical mouse control job at a house in Calhoun, Georgia. The mice were getting in through gaps around pipes where they pass through the exterior walls. We'll trap and remove the mice and seal the gaps.
by Webmaster
Aug 27, 2020 07:53:42 am.

One of our technicians will be replacing the crawl space door with one that fits tightly and will keep mice out of the crawl space of a house in Blue Ridge, Georgia.
by Webmaster
Aug 27, 2020 07:32:33 am.

It looks like the mice are starting their annual migration into houses in North Georgia. We're on our way to check out a homeowner's call about mouse droppings in the attic of her Canton, Georgia home.
by Webmaster
Aug 27, 2020 07:29:22 am.

Our Inspector Found Mouse Droppings in the Attic of a House in Buford, Georgia
by Webmaster
Aug 27, 2020 07:25:43 am.

The Mice Gnawed through a Foundation Vent Screen to Get into a House in Dunwoody, Georgia
by Webmaster
Aug 25, 2020 11:16:29 am.

Our North Georgia office has technicians non-chemically treating a mouse problem at a house in Ellijay. They're trapping and removing the mice, and sealing the foundation of the house so mice can't get back inside.
by Webmaster
Aug 25, 2020 11:04:05 am.

Our technicians are on their way to replace the foundation vents to keep mice out of a house in Dunwoody, Georgia.
by Webmaster
Aug 24, 2020 10:38:31 am.

Our North Georgia office has a technician on the way to replace a crawl space door to keep mice out of a house in Calhoun, Georgia.
by Webmaster
Aug 24, 2020 10:33:06 am.

Typical Mouse Gap into a House in Roswell, Georgia
by Webmaster
Aug 20, 2020 10:17:31 am.

Our North Georgia office has a crew doing a non-chemical mouse-removal job at a house in Woodstock, Georgia. The mice are getting in through gaps around the foundation, which we'll seal to keep the mice out of the house for good.
by Webmaster
Aug 17, 2020 10:49:36 am.

The Mice Got into the Garage of this Alpharetta, Georgia Home through this Gap
by Webmaster
Aug 14, 2020 09:36:48 am.

This was How the Mice Got into the Garage of this House in Hiram, Georgia
by Webmaster
Aug 13, 2020 10:02:59 am.

Technicians from our North Georgia office are sealing around the air-conditioning lines to keep mice out of a house in Cumming, Georgia. We're also trapping and removing the mice who are already in the house.
by Webmaster
Aug 10, 2020 09:59:00 am.

Our North Georgia office has technicians on their way to replace the screening on the foundation vents to keep mice out of a house in Toccoa, Georgia.
by Webmaster
Aug 10, 2020 09:51:10 am.

This Broken Trim Allowed Mice into the Garage of a House in Cumming, Georgia
by Webmaster
Aug 05, 2020 10:05:35 am.

A Damaged Weather Seal Allowed Mice into the Garage of a House in Temple, Georgia
by Webmaster
Aug 03, 2020 10:43:48 am.

A Case of Human-Assisted Mouse Entry into a Brick House in Ellijay, Georgia
by Webmaster
Jul 31, 2020 10:41:09 am.

We Found a Mouse Nest in the Eaves of a House in Dunwoody, Georgia
by Webmaster
Jul 27, 2020 10:39:54 am.

Our inspector discovered that mice were getting into a house in Bremen, Georgia through a gap at the bottom of the front door frame. We have technicians sealing that gap to keep mice out of the house.
by Webmaster
Jul 24, 2020 10:22:35 am.

We have a technician on his way to do a non-chemical mouse-control job at a house in Jasper, Georgia. We control mice without rodenticides, relying on trapping and exclusion instead. It's a much safer way to solve a mouse problem.
by Webmaster
Jul 23, 2020 10:36:23 am.

Somewhat Amusing DIY Mouse-Proofing Attempt at a House in Calhoun, Georgia
by Webmaster
Jul 03, 2020 11:11:05 am.

Video of Bats Sealed Out of a House in Blairsville, Georgia
by Webmaster
Jul 02, 2020 10:24:35 am.

One of our crews is replacing an old, rotted crawl space door to keep Norway rats out of a house in Colbert, Georgia. Once the rats are sealed out, we'll set traps to remove the rats that are already in the house.
by Webmaster
Jun 26, 2020 11:41:21 am.

A Gap Under a Bay Window Allowed Mice into a Brick House in Alpharetta, Georgia
by Webmaster
Jun 25, 2020 10:41:48 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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