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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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Hope everyone stayed dry from the rain but if you got flooded with animals we can get them out!
by Amber A.
Jun 21, 2021 06:32:40 pm.

Mice got into the basement of a house in Carrollton, Georgie through gaps where the mortar fell out from between the bricks. We have a crew setting traps to catch and remove the mice, while a technician with good masonry skills is repairing the gaps in the mortar.
by Webmaster
Jun 21, 2021 10:12:24 am.

One of our North Georgia rodent-control teams is replacing the foundation vents to keep mice out of the crawl space of a house in Cleveland, Georgia. The old vents are corroded away to the point of being beyond repair.
by Webmaster
Jun 21, 2021 10:08:24 am.

A homeowner found large amounts of mouse droppings in the attic of her Flowery Branch, Georgia home. We have a crew in the attic setting traps to catch and remove the mice. They're also sealing the perimeter of the house to make it mouse-proof.
by Webmaster
Jun 21, 2021 10:01:24 am.

We can remove animals from the structure, as well as seal up your home, but if those pesky critters left behind any excrement, we offer cleanup as well as insulation replacement! Call for a quote!
by Amber A.
Jun 18, 2021 06:34:50 pm.

A homeowner found acorn shells and mouse droppings in the attic of their Jasper, Georgia home. We're sending a rodent-control team to non-chemically treat the mouse problem, and rodent-proof the house to prevent future infestations of rats or mice.
by Webmaster
Jun 16, 2021 10:25:53 am.

One of our North Georgia rodent-control crews is non-chemically treatment a mouse infestation in the attic of a house in Canton, Georgia. We use only trapping and exclusion, not poisons, to safely and effectively treat residential mouse problems.
by Webmaster
Jun 15, 2021 10:17:09 am.

Happy Monday! Hope everyone has a wonderful and productive week! And if animals are keeping you up at night, give us a call!
by Amber A.
Jun 14, 2021 05:59:26 pm.

An electrician who passed a conduit through the wall of a house didn't bother to seal around the wire, which allowed mice to get into a house in Buford, Georgia. A crew from our North Georgia office is trapping and removing the mice and rodent-proofing the house.
by Webmaster
Jun 14, 2021 11:35:29 am.

Here's How Mice Got Through a Brick Wall and into a House in Cleveland, Georgia
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Jun 14, 2021 11:31:14 am.

Hope everyone has a great weekend!!
by Amber A.
Jun 12, 2021 07:23:35 pm.

It’s a competition between bats and raccoons getting up in the attics the last few days! If it’s in your attic, we can get it!
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Jun 11, 2021 06:04:09 pm.

The rain seems to be driving the animals in! We can get them out!
by Amber A.
Jun 10, 2021 06:04:42 pm.

Technicians from our North Georgia office are performing non-chemical mouse control at a Carrollton, Georgia home. It's a well-established mouse population and there are droppings all over the attic, so they'll be replacing the attic insulation, too.
by Webmaster
Jun 10, 2021 11:25:41 am.

The rain doesn’t scare the animals away! If you’ve noticed one taking shelter in your home, give us a call!
by Amber A.
Jun 07, 2021 07:24:17 pm.

We have a non-chemical mouse control crew working at a house in Canton, Georgia sealing up gaps to keep mice out of the house. We found evidence of mice (a nice way to say "poop") all the way up in the attic of the house.
by Webmaster
May 27, 2021 09:27:51 am.

Mice chewed through the screens behind the foundation vent covers to get into a house in Rome, Georgia. The screens that come with the vents are designed to keep bugs out, not rodents. We have a crew installing sturdy screens that will make the house mouse-proof.
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by Jason Arruda
May 25, 2021 02:16:41 pm.

We Found a Mouse Entry Gap Around a Pipe into a Brick House in Rome, Georgia
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May 24, 2021 10:35:57 am.

Hope everyone has a great weekend!
by Amber A.
May 21, 2021 06:06:17 pm.

We have a team from our North Georgia office installing screening on the foundation vents to keep mice out of a house in Rome, Georgia. The homeowner tried to mouse-proof the house himself, but overlooked a bunch of small gaps that the mice were using to get inside.
by Webmaster
May 21, 2021 10:16:00 am.

One of our mouse-exclusion crews is installing a new crawl space door that will keep mice out of a house in Villa Rica, Georgia without using chemicals. We treat residential mouse problems using only trapping and exclusion.
by Webmaster
May 20, 2021 11:32:32 am.

An electrician checking out a tripped circuit breaker found evidence that mice were chewing on the wiring in the attic of a Madison, Georgia home. He's repairing the wiring, and our crew is non-chemically getting rid of the mice and mouse-proofing the house.
by Webmaster
May 18, 2021 10:55:20 am.

Why Poisons Couldn't Solve the Mouse Problem at this Gainesville, Georgia Home
by Webmaster
May 17, 2021 10:17:11 am.

Happy Friday!! Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!
by Amber A.
May 14, 2021 06:04:38 pm.

I think there was more animal activity outside then inside today! If they get in, we can get them out!
by Amber A.
May 13, 2021 06:10:20 pm.

Cooler weather coming in means the animals coming in! We can help! :)
by Amber A.
May 11, 2021 06:58:32 pm.

We're building and installing a new crawl space door at a house in Dalton, Georgia to keep mice out of the house without using pesticides. Our non-chemical approach to mouse removal is safer and more effective than using poisons for mouse control.
by Webmaster
May 11, 2021 10:57:09 am.

One of our crews is sealing gaps in the miter joints of the window frames to exclude mice from a house in Griffin, Georgia. The mice were climbing up the brick wall and getting into the house through the gaps. We'll seal them out.
by Webmaster
May 10, 2021 11:01:17 am.

Evidence that This House in Villa Rica, Georgia Needs Mice Removed from the Attic
by Webmaster
May 10, 2021 10:56:52 am.

Technicians from our North Georgia office are setting traps to catch and remove mice from the attic of a house in Hiram, Georgia. They're also mouse-proofing the house to exclude mice and other rodents without using pesticides.
by Webmaster
May 10, 2021 10:52:20 am.

Non-chemical mouse-control technicians from our North Georgia office are mouse-proofing a house in Buford. They're also setting traps in the attic to catch and remove the mice that are already up there.
by Webmaster
May 07, 2021 10:26:19 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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