There are many species of mice, but the ones we most encounter as pests in the Atlanta area are commonly known as house mice because they've adapted to living in human homes. They're the same specie of mouse most commonly found in other buildings used by humans, such as factories, stores, restaurants, and so forth. Despite their timidity, they've adapted very well to living among people.
This adaptation, in fact, is one of the things that makes mice so dangerous from a public health perspective. Mice live much closer to humans than most other animals do, often getting into our pantries, the drawers where we store our cooking and eating utensils, our night stands and dressers, and other areas where they contaminate items that humans eat, drink, and touch with their urine, droppings, and fur.
This close contact with areas and surfaces that we use makes it much more likely that we'll be exposed to any germs, parasites, or diseases that the mice carry. Other disease-vectoring wildlife, such as rats, tend to keep a farther distance away from people; so even though rats carry many of the same diseases as mice do, mice carry those disease-causing organisms closer to where we live.
In fact, mice are known to be involved in the transmission of quite a few diseases. Some of the more serious ones include:
There's a right way and a wrong way to approach a mouse control job. Unfortunately, the wrong way is how most mouse exterminators do it. The wrong way to do a mouse control job is to toss, throw, and tuck mouse poison anyplace the exterminator thinks a mouse might happen to find it, like one of our competitors did in the picture shown here.
Using poisons for mouse control is not a good idea. Here are some of the reasons why:
Long story short, rodenticides shouldn't be the core of a mouse control job. Rodent exclusion -- sealing up the house to make it "mouse-proof" is the right way to get rid of mice and achieve long-term mouse control. It's safer, more effective, and more permanent.
Rid-A-Critter is one of the few pest control companies in Atlanta that removes and controls mice using no poisons at all. We trap and remove the mice that are already in the home, and seal up the house so new mice can't get in. This is called "mouse-proofing" or "mouse exclusion," and it means structurally sealing mice out of a home or other building.
As you might imagine, non-chemical mouse control that relies on trapping and exclusion is painstaking work. Mice are very small animals and can slip through very small gaps, so we have to be extremely thorough to make a house or commercial building mouse-proof. But it's well worth it. In the end, not only will you have solved your mouse problem, but other rodents such as rats will also be sealed out of the home.
In addition, you won't have to worry about hazards such as mouse poison being carried through the house, or a pet cat or wild animal eating a poisoned mouse. Non-chemical mouse control is a better, more environmentally-responsible approach to the problem.
Rid-A-Critter provides mouse control to homes and businesses throughout Metro Atlanta. Please contact us for more information and an on-site inspection and consultation about how we can help you solve your mouse problem.
Metro Atlanta Mouse Control Gallery
Here are a few pictures of mouse-control jobs we've done in and around Metro Atlanta.
Human-assisted mouse entry in Austell
Mouse entry hole into a brick house in Atlanta
Mouse hole in a house in Decatur
Mice chewed their way into this Atlanta home
Mouse damage to duct work in Duluth
Mouse hole into a garage in Atlanta
Human-assisted mouse entry point in Atlanta
Mice entry point into a house in Covington
Hidden mouse entry point in Kennesaw
Properly installed generator conduit
Mouse entry gap into a house in Dallas
Mouse bridge into a house in Atlanta
Mouse entry point into a house in Stone Mountain
Mouse damage to pipe insulation in an attic
Mouse entry gap in Kennesaw
Mice got into this Atlanta home through this vent
Mouse damage to a car's electrical system
Mouse entry point into a house in McDonough
Mouse entry gap into a house in McDonough
Mouse evidence in an attic in Peachtree City
Mouse entry point into a garage in Covington
Mouse holes in an attic vent in Duluth
Mouse hole and droppings in McDonough
House hole in a foundation vent in Atlanta