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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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Someone made a hole through the screen behind a foundation vent to pass an extension cord through. That made the local mouse community very happy because it made it easier for them to get into a house in Woodstock, Georgia. Our rodent pest control crew is re-screening the vent as part of a non-chemical mouse control and rodent-proofing job.
by Webmaster
Sep 29, 2022 10:44:35 am.

What little was left of the rotting screen behind the lattice of a metal foundation vent has fallen off, which made it exceptionally easy for mice to infest a house in Young Harris, Georgia. Non-chemical mouse control at this house will require screening all the foundation vents to keep rodents out of the house, as well as using traps to eradicate the existing infestation.
by Webmaster
Sep 28, 2022 11:17:09 am.

I was in Big Canoe this morning, rats in the crawl space, then out to Douglasville for flyers in the attic, headed to Forest park for rats in a rental property
by Chris Collender
Sep 27, 2022 11:02:03 am.

Was in hiawassee for Bats, then Suches for rats, Suwannee for squirrels, and then Atlanta for rats again
by Chris Collender
Sep 22, 2022 12:56:25 pm.

A gap of about half an inch between the bottom of the wooden corner trim and the concrete walkway was how mice got into a house in Suwanee, Georgia. Our mouse pest control experts are sealing the gaps to non-chemically eradicate the mouse infestation and rodent-proof the house.
by Webmaster
Sep 22, 2022 10:08:29 am.

Our rodent pest control experts are in the attic of a house doing mouse control in Hiawassee, Georgia. The mice climbed up a downspout that an insulated air-conditioning line was run through to get up to the attic. This is a pretty common occurrence.
by Webmaster
Sep 22, 2022 10:05:52 am.

Was in winterville this morning for mice, then to blairsvile for flyers, then Cummings ga for rats. Headed to Marietta for some bats, busy day
by Chris Collender
Sep 20, 2022 01:41:02 pm.

Someone rammed some pipes through the foundation vent, and the gaps around the pipes allowed mice to get into the Hiawassee, Georgia home. We have rodent pest control experts on the scene non-chemically treating the mouse infestation and rodent-proofing the house.
by Webmaster
Sep 20, 2022 07:57:30 am.

Atlanta job this morning, flyers in the attic, then headed to Decatur, rats in the crawl space
by Chris Collender
Sep 19, 2022 09:33:06 am.

A rodent-proofing team from our North Georgia office is building and installing a new crawl space door as part of a Hiawassee, Georgia mouse-control job.There are gaps between the wooden frame of the crawl space door and the brick walls of the house that are allowing mice into the crawl space.
by Webmaster
Sep 15, 2022 11:00:59 am.

A thumb-sized hole in a mortar joint where a garden house pipe used to pass through allowed mice into a house in Hiawassee, Georgia. The mice climbed the bricks and through the hole to get into the house. Our pest control crew is rodent-proofing the house and using traps to non-chemically solve the mouse problem.
by Webmaster
Sep 15, 2022 10:57:55 am.

Bats have been pretty busy this week, Atlanta to dunwoody, over to sandy springs, did a quote this morning for snakes in commerce ga, good times
by Chris Collender
Sep 15, 2022 10:09:54 am.

Mice climbed up in the gap between the corner post and the corner of the house to get into rain gutter, and from there the attic, of a house in Ringgold, Georgia. Our mouse pest control crew is sealing both the bottom of the corner post and the gaps in the edges of the roof to make the house rodent-proof.
by Webmaster
Sep 13, 2022 09:25:10 am.

Mice climbed up in the gap between the rain gutter downspout and the siding to get up to the gutter and into the attic of a house in Woodstock, Georgia. We have a rodent pest control crew at the house non-chemically treating the mouse infestation and rodent-proofing the house.
by Webmaster
Sep 09, 2022 08:56:32 am.

A half inch gap around an insulated air-conditioning line where it passes through the concrete foundation a couple of inches off the ground allowed mice to easily get into the crawl space of a house in Toccoa, Georgia. We have a rodent-control crew sealing the gaps in the foundation to mouse-proof the house.
by Webmaster
Sep 06, 2022 11:06:03 am.

One of our North Georgia rodent pest control crews is busy doing mouse control in Villa Rica this morning. Although the weather is still warm, rodents have already started looking for winter homes because they need to provision them before winter hits.
by Webmaster
Aug 31, 2022 09:22:09 am.

Rodent Pest Control Specialists from our North Georgia Office are Taking Care of a Foundation Vent that Needs Replacement at an Ellijay, Georgia Mouse Control Job
by Webmaster
Aug 25, 2022 10:02:54 am.

A half inch gap between the bottom of the wooden door frame and the concrete pavement is the reason our North Georgia rodent pest control experts are doing mouse control in Alpharetta today. Mice can get into homes through gaps as small as the diameter of a pencil.
by Webmaster
Aug 24, 2022 09:38:30 am.

A crack in the wooden roof trim near the end of the rain gutter opened up a triangular gap through the trim that allowed mice that had climbed to the rain gutter to get into the attic of a house in Suwanee, Georgia. Mice are much better climbers than most folks realize, so non-chemical mouse control requires rodent-proofing the entire house.
by Webmaster
Aug 23, 2022 07:35:26 am.

Was in Duluth this morning for bats, then off to watkinsville and Royston for u know, bats, now to Covington for rats
by Chris Collender
Aug 22, 2022 03:23:41 pm.

The droppings and urine and a thumb-sized burrow in the insulation were proof positive that a house in Acworth, Georgia needed mouse control in the attic. Our non-chemical rodent-control experts are at the house setting traps to treat the mouse infestation without using poisons, and rodent-proofing the house to prevent future problems.
by Webmaster
Aug 19, 2022 10:03:33 am.

Yesterday, I was In peachtree city and then ellenwoood, for bats, then I drove lakemont and Cummings, snakes in the house.
by Chris Collender
Aug 16, 2022 07:43:26 am.

Mice gnawed a hole through the bottom of the weather strip over the vertical garage door track to get into a house in Bogart, Georgia. Rodent pest control experts from our Athens office are mouse-proofing the house, and treating the existing mouse infestation without using chemicals.
by Webmaster
Aug 15, 2022 11:21:20 am.

A gap of about three-eighths of an inch around a gas pipe where it passes through a hole in the brick wall is why we're doing pest mouse control in Acworth, Georgia today. That gap and any others that our crew find will be sealed to achieve rodent pest control without using any poisons.
by Webmaster
Aug 15, 2022 10:16:20 am.

A gap on the side of a piece of wood used to close off a square hole in an old wooden garage door allowed mice into a house in Alpharetta, Georgia. Our rodent pest control crew is treating the mouse problem non-chemically using trapping, removal, and exclusion.
by Webmaster
Aug 15, 2022 10:09:17 am.

A gap of about half an inch at the top of a plywood crawl space door under a deck is the reason why we're doing mouse control in Norcross, Georgia today. Part of the job will be to replace that crawl space door with one that fits properly and will keep mice and other rodent pests out of the house.
by Webmaster
Aug 11, 2022 08:18:05 am.

Someone tried using insulating foam around some pipes where they pass through a rectangular gap in the brick wall to keep mice out of a house in Suwanee, Georgia; but the mice gnawed right through the foam.
by Webmaster
Aug 10, 2022 09:22:58 am.

Snakes in the crawl space in carnesville ga, then off to Athens and conyers ga, bats are the attic. Now headed to villa rica for another wildlife quote
by Chris Collender
Aug 09, 2022 12:21:53 pm.

A tapered gap between the garage door trim and the concrete saddle is the reason we're doing mouse control in Cumming, Georgia today. Our non-chemical rodent-control experts will trap the existing mice, and seal all the gaps to keep mice our of the house without using any poisons.
by Webmaster
Aug 04, 2022 09:36:00 am.

Busy day yesterday, was out in snellville for rats, then out to Bethlehem, Watkinsville and Athens all for bats
by Chris Collender
Aug 02, 2022 11:53:29 am.

Bats are flying high, was in Monroe twice for bats in the gables/house, then off to Kennesaw where the bats where in the freeze boards.
by Chris Collender
Jul 28, 2022 12:05:24 pm.

An irregular gap averaging about half an inch between the foundation and the bottom row of siding will have to be sealed to achieve non-chemical mouse control at a house in Canton, Georgia. You can't permanently eliminate a mouse problem without rodent proofing the house.
by Webmaster
Jul 22, 2022 09:16:14 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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