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Non-Chemical Mouse Control and Mouse-Proofing in Metro Atlanta

Mouse gnawing damage to a dresser drawer

Mouse gnawing damage to a dresser drawer

There are many species of mice; but the ones we most encounter as pests in the Atlanta area, mus musculus, 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. Their small size allows them to get 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:

The Wrong Way to Control House Mice

Mouse poison and droppings in an attic Mouse poison in an attic, left by one of our competitors

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.

The Right Way to Control House Mice

Rid-A-Critter is one of the few pest control companies in Metro Atlanta that removes and controls mice using no poisons at all. We non-chemically 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 a home or building to keep mice out.

As you might imagine, non-chemical mouse control that relies solely 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-resistant. But it's well worth it. In the end, not only will you have solved your mouse problem, but larger 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 safe, non-chemical 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.

 

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We're reattaching the foundation vents at an Atlanta home to keep mice out of the house. The vent covers weren't properly secured, which caused them to creep away from the foundation and create gaps that allowed mice to get in.
by Webmaster
Jan 21, 2021 10:55:41 am.

One of our crews is sealing construction gaps in the roof of a house in Atlanta to keep mice out of the attic. The mice have been climbing up to the rain gutter and getting in through a gap along the edge of the roof.
by Webmaster
Jan 21, 2021 10:49:12 am.

We have technicians doing non-chemical mouse control at a house in Atlanta. The mice have done considerable damage to the upholstered furniture, gnawing and shredding it for nesting material.
by Webmaster
Jan 21, 2021 10:46:08 am.

This Rotten Vent Screen Allowed Mice into a House in Lilburn, Georgia
by Webmaster
Jan 18, 2021 10:32:49 am.

We have mouse-control technicians sealing around the garden hose spigots to prevent mice from getting into a house in Johns Creek, Georgia. The mice were climbing up the hoses and right on into the house.
by Webmaster
Jan 18, 2021 10:26:38 am.

We have technicians sealing all the potential entry gaps to prevent mice from getting into a house in Atlanta. Thorough and meticulous mouse-proofing is critical to successful non-chemical mouse control.
by Webmaster
Jan 18, 2021 10:17:48 am.

This Missing Vent Screen Allowed Mice into a Mableton, Georgia Home
by Webmaster
Jan 18, 2021 10:11:23 am.

We have technicians replacing the foundation vents to prevent mice from getting into a Jonesboro, Georgia home. Careful and thorough exclusion is the key to effective non-chemical mouse control.
by Webmaster
Jan 15, 2021 10:08:45 am.

Another DIY Mouse-Exclusion Fail in Atlanta
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Jan 15, 2021 09:52:14 am.

One of our technicians is building a new door and frame to prevent mice from getting into the crawl space of an Atlanta home. Crawl space doors that sag or are warped are common mouse entry points.
by Webmaster
Jan 14, 2021 10:14:54 am.

We have technicians sealing the perimeter of a brick house in Marietta, Georgia to keep mice out of the house. The mice are getting in through gaps around pipes and wires where they pass through the brick walls.
by Webmaster
Jan 14, 2021 10:11:27 am.

Another lovely day doing exclusion work in Kennesaw then it’s time for some after care appointments. Stay safe out there everyone and call us for all of your critter needs.
by Chris G.
Jan 14, 2021 09:16:25 am.

A Gap in the Edge of the Roof Allowed Mice into an Attic in Atlanta
by Webmaster
Jan 13, 2021 10:44:23 am.

We have a crew installing screens on the foundation vents to prevent mice from getting into a house in Atlanta.
by Webmaster
Jan 13, 2021 10:40:02 am.

Today we're doing mouse control at a house in Avondale Estates. It's a stone house, and the mortar has fallen out from between the stones and the door and window frames. We'll seal the gaps to keep mice out of the house.
by Webmaster
Jan 11, 2021 10:28:55 am.

Doing a seal up in Sandy Springs this morning and then off to Decatur for another seal up. Busy Monday!!!
by Chris G.
Jan 11, 2021 09:46:26 am.

Our Metro Atlanta office has a crew doing non-chemical mouse control at a house in Mableton, Georgia. The mice were getting in through gaps between the door trim and the concrete walkway, among other places.
by Webmaster
Jan 08, 2021 12:16:37 pm.

In Auburn Alabama quoting exclusions for gray squirrels today.
by Jason Arruda
Jan 07, 2021 11:01:30 am.

Lots of squirrel and rat calls today. From Birmingham to Anniston.
by Chris Scott
Jan 07, 2021 09:46:52 am.

Another Man-Made Mouse Gap into a Brick House in Covington, Georgia
by Webmaster
Jan 07, 2021 08:49:22 am.

This afternoon we'll be heading out to Fayetteville to exclude mice from a house. We perform residential mouse control using trapping and exclusion, without using any rodenticides or other pesticides at all.
by Webmaster
Jan 07, 2021 08:38:33 am.

We have a team sealing mice out of a house in Hampton, Georgia. The mice are getting in through gaps around various pipes where they pass through the siding.
by Webmaster
Jan 07, 2021 08:32:31 am.

We have technicians closing up gaps the mortar joints to keep mice out of a brick house in Dacula, Georgia. They're also placing traps inside the house to catch the mice that have already gotten inside.
by Webmaster
Jan 07, 2021 08:25:15 am.

We have a crew on their way to a mouse-control job in East Point, Georgia. They'll be non-chemically treating the mouse problem, and sealing the foundation around the entire perimeter of the house to make it mouse-proof.
by Webmaster
Jan 07, 2021 08:11:42 am.

We have a technician re-screening all the foundation vents to keep mice out of a house in Stone Mountain, Georgia. The old screens are flimsy and corroded, and the mice have been gnawing right through them.
by Webmaster
Jan 06, 2021 10:39:30 am.

Another great day here at Rid A Critter. These animals don’t stand a chance with this team of guys on the case!
by Chris G.
Jan 06, 2021 08:42:43 am.

Our Metro Atlanta office has technicians doing a non-chemical mouse control job at a house in Duluth. They're setting traps to catch and remove the mice, and mouse-proofing the exterior of the house.
by Webmaster
Jan 05, 2021 10:37:28 am.

In Alpharetta, Ga this morning providing a clearance letter to a customer so their buyers can rest assured they’re purchasing a Critter Free home. Did I mention our Warranty is 100% transferable??
by Tim McDavid
Jan 05, 2021 09:29:57 am.

Lots of squirrel calls today. It appears gray and flying squirrels are attempting to take over every attic in the Birmingham and surrounding areas.
by Chris Scott
Jan 04, 2021 05:58:27 pm.

An Open-Door Policy is why this Stone Mountain, Georgia Home has Mice
by Webmaster
Jan 04, 2021 10:22:13 am.

New Blog Post: Happy New Year!
by Webmaster
Dec 31, 2020 10:41:11 am.

Our technicians are just about done mouse-proofing a house in Atlanta. We use an IPM approach to mouse control that relies on non-chemical control methods like trapping and exclusion, with no use of rodenticides at all.
by Webmaster
Dec 31, 2020 10:09:10 am.

The Atlanta, Georgia office of Rid-A-Critter provides long-lasting, non-chemical mouse control in all of Metro Atlanta including the City of Atlanta and the communities of Berkeley Lake, Buckhead, College Park, Conyers, Decatur, Douglasville, Duluth, Fayetteville, Hull, Johns Creek, Lilburn, Lithonia, Loganville, Mableton, Marietta, McDonough, Newnan, Norcross, Peachtree City, Powder Springs, Sandy Springs, Smyrna, Stone Mountain, and Vinings.

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