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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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We have a crew replacing the screens behind the foundation vents as a vital part of achieving non-chemical mouse control at a Jasper, Georgia home. You can't permanently eliminate a mouse problem without rodent-proofing the house.
by Webmaster
Sep 22, 2021 09:57:19 am.

Technicians at a Young Harris, Georgia mouse control job are sealing gaps in and under the siding that were allowing mice to get into the house. We treat residential mouse problems using trapping and exclusions, without any chemical pesticides.
by Webmaster
Sep 21, 2021 10:22:55 am.

Mice gnawed through the trim on the garage door frame to get into a house in Woodstock, Georgia. A mouse control crew is replacing the trim and setting traps to remove the mice as part of a non-chemical mouse removal and exclusion job.
by Webmaster
Sep 21, 2021 10:15:49 am.

Technicians at a Hiawassee Georgia mouse control job are sealing numerous gaps in the foundation to keep mice out of the house. Non-chemical mouse control requires great attention to detail in order to avoid the need to use poisons.
by Webmaster
Sep 20, 2021 10:32:13 am.

A homeowner tried using electrical tape to seal the gap around a pipe and keep mice out of a house in Suwanee, Georgia. Our mouse-control technicians managed not to laugh when they arrived. The mice, however, thought it was hilarious.
by Webmaster
Sep 15, 2021 10:39:32 am.

Technicians working a Dawsonville, Georgie mouse control have their work cut out for them. There are gaps all around the house that mice could walk into while doing a line dance if they wanted to. We'll seal all the gaps to make the house rodent proof, and trap and remove all the mice -- including any dancing ones.
by Webmaster
Sep 15, 2021 10:34:41 am.

A gap where the mortar fell out of a brick wall allowed mice to get into a house in Acworth, Georgia. Mouse control technicians with exceptional masonry skills are trapping and removing the mice and patching the wall to make the house mouse-proof again.
by Webmaster
Sep 09, 2021 10:30:10 am.

A gap around the air-conditioning condensate drain where it passes through the foundation will have to be sealed as part of an Acworth, Georgia mouse control and exclusion job. We use no chemicals for mouse control, so we pay meticulous attention to sealing the mice out of the house.
by Webmaster
Sep 03, 2021 11:18:50 am.

Technicians at a Loganville, Georgia mouse control job that discovered a dislodged foundation vent was the cause of the mouse problem. They're re-seating the vent cover and sealing all the gaps in the foundation to make the house mouse-proof.
by Webmaster
Sep 01, 2021 11:00:08 am.

Mice climbed up an insulated pipe inside a downspout to get into the rain gutter, and then the attic, of a house in Acworth, Georgia. Mouse control technicians from our North Georgia office are sealing the gaps in the roof to keep the mice out of the attic.
by Webmaster
Aug 31, 2021 11:03:25 am.

Chris found mouse droppings and acorn shells in the insulation in the attic of a house in Menlo, Georgia. Our mouse control specialists are on the job trapping and removing the mice, and rodent proofing the home.
by Webmaster
Aug 27, 2021 09:52:16 am.

All the screen behind the foundation have rotted away, which allowed mice to easily get into a house in Canton, Georgia. Mouse control technicians from our North Georgia office will replace the screens to permanently seal mice out of the house.
by Webmaster
Aug 27, 2021 09:43:18 am.

Our techs are starting a Young Harris, Georgia mouse control job today. They'll be using traps to non-chemically eliminate the existing mouse problem, and sealing all the openings around the house to prevent new rodent infestations.
by Webmaster
Aug 27, 2021 09:37:58 am.

An air-conditioning left gaps around the refrigerant pipes where they pass through the siding, which allowed mice to get into a house in Buford, Georgia. Mouse-exclusion experts are sealing that gap as part of a comprehensive mouse-removal and mouse-proofing job.
by Webmaster
Aug 25, 2021 11:19:37 am.

A gap around a garden hose spigot on the outside wall allowed mice to get into a house in Madison, Georgia. Non-chemical mouse control experts are sealing that gap and many others to permanently seal mice out of the house.
by Webmaster
Aug 25, 2021 11:14:22 am.

Our technicians are busy treating a mouse problem in the attic of a house in Big Canoe, Georgia. The mice are throughout the house, from the crawl space to the attic. We'll trap and remove all the mice, and seal up the house to make it rodent-proof.
by Webmaster
Aug 25, 2021 11:03:14 am.

We have a crew working at an Acworth, Georgia mouse-control job today. The attic insulation is heavily contaminated with droppings and urine, so they'll be replacing it as part of the mouse job.
by Webmaster
Aug 25, 2021 10:58:38 am.

Non-chemical mouse control experts are screening all the foundation vents on a house as part of a Hiawassee, Georgia mouse-control job. Because we don't use poisons to eliminate mouse problems, finding and sealing all the entry gaps is critical to permanent mouse removal.
by Webmaster
Aug 23, 2021 10:43:26 am.

Our guys are just about done with a Roswell, Georgia mouse control and exclusion job. The mice have been caught and removed, the house has been made rodent-proof, and our quality-assurance inspector is on his way to give the final sign-off to the job.
by Webmaster
Aug 20, 2021 10:03:19 am.

Technicians working a Canton, Georgia mouse control job discovered a three quarter inch gap between the bottom of the garage door frame and the concrete that allowed mice into the house. We're sealing that gap as part of a comprehensive mouse removal and exclusion job.
by Webmaster
Aug 19, 2021 10:42:09 am.

We Found the Mouse Entry Gap into the Attic at a Big Canoe, Georgia Mouse Control Job
by Webmaster
Aug 19, 2021 10:35:42 am.

Mice gnawed their way through the screen behind a flimsy plastic foundation vent cover, which we'll be replacing with a study metal one as part of an Acworth, Georgia mouse-control job.
by Webmaster
Aug 16, 2021 11:26:16 am.

We're replacing the screens behind all the foundation vents as part of a Rome, Georgia mouse control job. The screens are new, but they're thin and flimsy; and the mice have been gnawing right through them. We'll install sturdy screens to non-chemically rodent-proof the house.
by Webmaster
Aug 13, 2021 10:13:49 am.

Non-chemical rodent control technicians working at a Dawsonville, Georgia mouse-removal job will have to re-screen all the foundation vents to keep mouse out of the house. Effective mouse control requires meticulous exclusion to make a house rodent-proof.
by Webmaster
Aug 13, 2021 10:09:34 am.

Even though it's still summer, rodents know that winter is on the way. We just sent a crew to a Roswell, Georgia mouse-control job where the mice have already made their way up to the attic. We'll non-chemically treat the mouse problem and rodent-proof the house.
by Webmaster
Aug 13, 2021 09:58:43 am.

Unbelievably Tiny Entry Gap at a Hiawassee, Georgia Mouse Control Job
by Webmaster
Aug 12, 2021 11:42:32 am.

Mice were getting around the house by climbing through holes in the floor joists where pipes passed through in a house in Hiawassee, Georgia. Mouse control technicians from our North Georgia office are trapping and removing the mice, and rodent-proofing the house to keep mice and rats out.
by Webmaster
Aug 11, 2021 10:39:19 am.

A Rome, Georgia mouse control job will require that all the foundation vents be re-screened. The mice have been gnawing through the existing vent screens, which are much too flimsy to keep rodents out of a house.
by Webmaster
Aug 06, 2021 10:35:34 am.

Non-chemical rodent-control technicians from our North Georgia office are heading out to a house in Buford, Georgia. Mouse control is most effective and most permanent when accomplished by trapping and exclusion, without pesticides.
by Webmaster
Aug 06, 2021 10:30:06 am.

Chris found mouse droppings and nesting materials in the crawl space while at a Madison, Georgia mouse-control job. The mice are getting in through a gap in the sill plate, which we'll seal as part of a comprehensive rodent-proofing job at the house.
by Webmaster
Aug 04, 2021 11:29:25 am.

The cause of the infestation at a Madison, Georgia mouse-control job turned out to be a gap between the bottom of the door trim and the pavement. We have a rodent-removal crew sealing the gap and the entire foundation to exclude mice from the house.
by Webmaster
Aug 04, 2021 10:00:37 am.

A poorly-fitting foundation vent will have to be sealed as part of a mouse-control job in Young Harris, Georgia. There's a gap over one end of the vent that's been there since the house was built. It just a while for the mice to find it.
by Webmaster
Jul 30, 2021 10:46:56 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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