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. They've adapted very well to living among humans.
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 nightstands and dressers, and other areas where they can contaminate items that humans eat, drink, and touch.
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 other diseases that the mice carry. Other disease-vectoring animals, such as rats, tend to stay farther away from us; so even though rats carry many of the same diseases as mice do, mice bring 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 you think a mouse might happen to find it, like one of our competitors did in the picture on the right.
Relying on 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. Sometimes they're needed, but usually not; and even when they are, rodent exclusion -- "mouse-proofing" the house -- should be the focus of the mouse extermination program. It's safer, more effective, and more permanent.
At the Metro Atlanta Regional Office of Rid-A-Critter, we prefer performing mouse control using no poisons at all. We trap and remove the mice that are already in the home, and seal up the house against mice so new ones 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, mouse-proofing is painstaking work. Mice are very small animals and can slip through very small gaps, so we have to be extremely thorough. 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 other animal eating a poisoned mouse. Our method is just a better, more responsible approach to the problem.
Rid-A-Critter provides environmentally-friendly mouse control to homes and businesses throughout the Metropolitan Atlanta area. 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.
Mouse hole in a house in Atlanta
Mouse hole in a house in Powder Spring
DIY mouse-proofing epic fail in Atlanta
Mouse hole under garage door in Marietta
Mouse entry hole in Avondale Estates
Hidden mouse entry point in Kennesaw
Mouse hole in the door frame in Atlanta
How mice got into a house in Morrow
Mice chewed through this vent cover in Marietta
Mouse entry gap into a house in Marietta
Mouse entry point into a house in Marietta
Failed DIY mouse control attempt in Atlanta
Mouse entry gap in Marietta
Mouse entry hole into a house in Sandy Springs
Mouse damage to pipe insulation in an attic
DIY Mouse-proofing fail in Conyers
Non-chemical mouse extermination in Atlanta
Mouse hole in the trim in a basment in Atlanta
Mouse entry gap under a door in Atlanta
Mouse entry gap into a house in Sandy Springs
Mouse hole into a garage in Atlanta
Mouse-proof dryer vent installed on a house
Mouse entry gap under electric meter in Atlanta
How mice got into this house in Marietta
Mouse entry through a vent in Atlanta
Mouse entry into a house in Monroe
Mice got into an Atlanta home through this vent
Mouse hole in a house in Smyrna
DIY mouse-proofing fail in Duluth
Mice got into the garage through this hole
Mouse hole near garage door at an Atlanta home
Fire hazard caused by mice gnawing wires