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, often getting into our pantries, the drawers where we store out cooking and eating utensils, our nightstands and dressers, and so forth.
This close contact with areas and surfaces that we touch 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, 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 core of the mouse extermination program.
At the Atlanta Regional Office of Rid-A-Critter, we perform most mouse control jobs using no poisons at all. When we do use them, they're a small part of the job, and are only used after the more important work of mouse-trapping and mouse-proofing are done.
Mouse-proofing, or mouse exclusion, means structurally sealing mice out of a home or other building. As you might imagine, it's 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 because they're bigger than mice.
In addition, you won't have to worry about any of the things we mentioned above, 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 a no-obligation consultation about how we can help you solve your mouse problem.
Mouse Control Gallery
Here are a few pictures of mouse-control jobs we've done in and around Atlanta.
Mice entry point into a house in Covington
Mouse damage to a crawl space vent in Duluth
Mice damaged A/C insulation in a Marietta attic
Mice entry point into this College Park home
Mouse nest in the engine compartment of a truck
Mouse hole in a house in Atlanta
Mouse entry hole in a house in Marietta
Mouse entry point into a house in Lilburn
How mice got into a house in Grayson
Damaged grill in Marietta let mice and rats inside
Mouse entry through an extension gap in Atlanta
Mice damaged these books in an Atlanta home
Mouse entry point into a house in Stone Mountain
Mice got into a Marietta home through this hole
Mouse hole in the trim in a basment in Atlanta
Mouse droppings in a house in Atlanta
Mice got into an Atlanta home through this vent
Mouse entry hole into a house in Atlanta
Fire hazard caused by mice gnawing wires
Mouse damage to carpet in a home in Atlanta
Mouse hole near garage door at an Atlanta home
Mouse entry hole near the back steps in Atlanta
Mouse damage to HVAC ducts in Atlanta
Mouse-proof dryer vent installed on a house
Mouse entry hole under deck of an Atlanta home
Mouse entry point into a house in Marietta
Mouse hole on the outside of a house in Marietta
Mice gnawed through cardboard box in Atlanta
Mouse hole around an electrical ground
Snake skin found at Winder, Georgia mouse job
Mouse entry point into a house in Atlanta
Mouse entry point into a house in Sandy Springs
Mouse hole under garage door in Marietta
Mouse entry through a foundation vent in Atlanta
Failed DIY mouse-proofing attempt in Fayetteville