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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 by the pest control technician.

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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The gap over a PVC pipe where it was pushed through a metal foundation vent allowed mice into a brick house in Suwanee, Georgia. Mouse control at this house will include screening all the vents from the outside to rodent-proof the house.
by Webmaster
Jan 26, 2023 09:53:29 am.

Mice gnawed through the foam insulation on an exterior air-conditioning line where it passes under a hood and through the siding to get into a house in Snellville, Georgia. The mouse control crew is repairing the damage, rodent-proofing the house, and using traps to treat the mouse infestation without using poisons.
by Webmaster
Jan 25, 2023 09:02:53 am.

A fingertip-sized gap under the roof shingles over the end of the rain gutter explains why our rodent pest control specialists are in the attic doing mouse control in Alpharetta, Georgia today. Mice are much better climbers than most folks realize.
by Webmaster
Jan 23, 2023 09:11:29 am.

The screen behind the sliding metal foundation vent is totting away, which made it especially easy for mice to get into a house in Carrollton, Georgia. We have a non-chemical mouse-control team on the scene screening all the vents from the outside to keep mice and other rodents out of the house.
by Webmaster
Jan 12, 2023 09:56:19 am.

A Gap in the Brick Wall Where the Air-Conditioning Pipes and Wires were Passed Through is Why We're Doing Mouse Control in Hiawassee, Georgia Today
by Webmaster
Jan 10, 2023 10:12:45 am.

Started off in Rome ga, raccoons in the crawl space, then headed to Atlanta, ga, rats in the attic
by Chris Collender
Jan 05, 2023 11:48:37 am.

A gap of about three eighths of an inch between the bottom of the wooden garage door frame and the concrete driveway is the reason our non-chemical rodent control specialists are doing mouse control in Hiawassee, Georgia today.
by Webmaster
Jan 05, 2023 10:23:35 am.

A fingertip-sized hole through the water-damaged plywood bottom of a bay window allowed mice to get into a house in Gainesville, Georgia. Non-chemical mouse control at this house will require finding and fixing the water leak and the damage to rodent-proof the house.
by Webmaster
Jan 03, 2023 09:29:27 am.

Happy New years, back at it, started off in Conyers ga, squirrels, then headed to Stone Mountain ga, rats in the attic, now In Gainesville ga, bats in the house
by Chris Collender
Jan 02, 2023 11:16:26 am.

A gap about the size of three fingertips between overlapping layers of roof shingles will have to be sealed as part of a Gainesville, Georgia mouse control job. Mice can climb much better than most people realize.
by Webmaster
Dec 28, 2022 10:34:42 am.

A gap of about three eighths of an inch under the garage door frame allowed mice to squeeze into a house in Hiawassee, Georgia. We have a mouse control team busy sealing the gaps to rodent-proof the house.
by Webmaster
Dec 28, 2022 10:31:59 am.

Gaps of about half an inch between the brick foundation and the overhang of the house are the reason our rodent pest control specialists are doing mouse control in Roswell, Georgia this morning. Sealing the gaps to rodent-proof the house will enable us to eliminate the mouse problem without using poisons.
by Webmaster
Dec 28, 2022 10:29:25 am.

Here's Wishing All of You a Merry Christmas from Rid-A-Critter!
by Webmaster
Dec 23, 2022 12:56:04 pm.

Water rot to the bottom of the wooden garage door frame created a thumb-sized gap that mice used to get into a house in Sharpsburg, Georgia. A mouse control crew from our North Georgia office is repairing the water problem and the damage to rodent-proof the house and solve the mouse problem without using any poisons.
by Webmaster
Dec 21, 2022 09:10:28 am.

Rain rain go away, i need to quote some houses today, started off Snellville ga, squirrels have chewed several new holes, paid 2 companies to do patch work , never works long term, why she called us, we will give her a permanent solution
by Chris Collender
Dec 20, 2022 12:54:00 pm.

Beautiful day but Baby, it’s cold outside. Started the day in Athens ga, rats, then headed to Brasselton, ga, rats, then headed over to Oxford, ga, squirrels. Good times
by Chris Collender
Dec 19, 2022 12:42:44 pm.

Back in conyers, ga today, seems to be busy over here, flyers in the attic, headed to Ellenwood, ga, square
by Chris Collender
Dec 16, 2022 09:53:13 am.

Beautiful day, had 2 stops in Dacula, ga. Rats and squirrels, headed to conyers, ga. For another squirrel job.
by Chris Collender
Dec 15, 2022 12:15:22 pm.

Pest Control Technicians from our North Georgia Office are Sealing a Man-Made Rodent Hole at a Hiawassee, Georgia Mouse Control Job
by Webmaster
Dec 15, 2022 09:53:55 am.

A team of rodent pest control professionals doing mouse control in Snellville, Georgia are sealing gaps around pipes going through the brick wall to treat the mouse infestation without using poisons.
by Webmaster
Dec 15, 2022 09:45:31 am.

A crew doing non-chemical mouse extermination in Flowery Branch is installing a rodent pest barrier along the edge of the roof to cover a three-eighths inch gap that the mice used to get into the attic. Mice are much better climbers than most people realize.
by Webmaster
Dec 15, 2022 09:41:51 am.

This morning our rodent control specialists are finishing up an Alpharetta, Georgia mouse control job. Th mice started in the crawl space, but eventually made their way through the whole house right up to the attic.
by Webmaster
Dec 15, 2022 09:38:45 am.

Busy day in the rain, had two quotes in Alpharetta ga, flying squirrels in both homes, headed to Athens ga, squirrels in the attic.
by Chris Collender
Dec 14, 2022 12:45:29 pm.

Our North Georgia wildlife-removal specialists are squirrel-proofing the roof of a house in Jasper this morning. They're installing a metal animal barrier over the edge of the roof under the shingles to keep squirrels and other animals out of the attic.
by Webmaster
Dec 14, 2022 09:00:11 am.

Quoted a rental property In Atlanta ga, rats, them headed to Athens, ga, mice, then off to Snellville ga, squirrels in the attic
by Chris Collender
Dec 13, 2022 12:33:01 pm.

Finally no more rain, headed to Decatur ga, rental property, rats, headed to Monroe, ga, squirrels in a house, then back to Atlanta ga, rats
by Chris Collender
Dec 12, 2022 03:51:16 pm.

Our rodent pest control technicians are in a crawl space doing mouse control in Loganville, Georgia. They're also sealing around the perimeter of the house to make it mouse-proof for a more-permanent solution to the mouse problem.
by Webmaster
Dec 09, 2022 09:04:56 am.

Good day yesterday, other then the rain, started off in Dawsonville ga, rats, then headed to Lawrenceville ga, flyers, then headed to Atlanta ga, rats
by Chris Collender
Dec 07, 2022 10:01:04 am.

Rainy day, started out in Duluth, ga, snakes found in the house, then headed to doraville ga, squirrels again, then 2 stops in Atlantic ga, rats. Busy day
by Chris Collender
Dec 05, 2022 03:25:03 pm.

Someone made a hole in the foundation vent and the screen behind it to pass a clothes dryer duct through, and the gap between the duct and the screen allowed mice into a house in Clayton, Georgia.
by Webmaster
Dec 01, 2022 10:17:34 am.

Glad the rain stopped yesterday, we stood in Atlanta, ga. rats and squirrels, then headed to Duluth ga, squirrels again, then to Marietta ga, rats. Another good day
by Chris Collender
Dec 01, 2022 07:20:51 am.

The screen behind the foundation vent has become detached and is hanging down behind the vent, allowing mice to get into the crawl space of a house in Jasper, Georgia through the vent openings. Non-chemical mouse control will require re-screening the vents from the outside to rodent-proof the house.
by Webmaster
Nov 30, 2022 09:32:27 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, Ellijay, Flowery Branch, Gainesville, Jasper, Lawrenceville, Loganville, Macon, Milton, Norcross, Rome, Roswell, Suwanee, Villa Rica, Winston, Woodstock, Young Harris, and everywhere in between.

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