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Non-Chemical Mouse Control and Rodent-Proofing

A mouse inside a wall void on insulation in the wall viewed from above by the pest control technician.

The mice that exterminators most often encounter in Metro 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 exterminating companies 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 extermination is a bad 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 mouse control companies in Metro Atlanta that treats mouse problems using no poisons at all. We use non-chemical pest control methods to 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 extermination 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 and mouse-proofing jobs we've done in and around Atlanta.

 

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A Ground-Level Gap in the Brick Wall Makes it No Wonder this House in Kennesaw, Georgia Needs Norway Rat Control
by Webmaster
Jan 26, 2023 10:10:27 am.

The reason our rodent pest control experts are doing mouse control in Locust Grove, Georgia today is because a fingertip-sized gap between the top of the crawl space door and its frame allowed mice into the house. We're installing a new, tight-fitting door that will keep rodent pests out of the crawl space.
by Webmaster
Jan 23, 2023 09:02:52 am.

Mice got into the attic of a house in Stone Mountain, Georgia through a gap where the electric service wires pass through the soffit panel. Apparently the mice walked on the electric lines to get into the attic, which is a pretty impressive feat for a mouse. Our rodent-control crew is sealing around the wires to mouse-proof the house.
by Webmaster
Jan 18, 2023 09:16:54 am.

Today we have a rodent pest control crew doing mouse control in Dunwoody, Georgia. The problem began with a gap around a garden hose spigot where it passes through a hole in the wooden siding that allowed mice to get into the house.
by Webmaster
Jan 16, 2023 08:37:26 am.

The reason we have a pest control crew in the attic doing mouse control in Atlanta is because a quarter-inch gap between the drip edge and the fascia allowed the mice into the attic.
by Webmaster
Jan 11, 2023 10:14:44 am.

A gap of about three eighths of an inch between the bottom of the garage door frame and the concrete driveway allowed mice into a house in McDonough, Georgia. Those gaps are there to prevent water rot to the frame and trim; but they have to be sealed with a waterproof pest sealant to achieve non-chemical mouse control.
by Webmaster
Jan 09, 2023 10:00:43 am.

A fingertip-sized gap where a bundle of pipes and wires pass through the brick wall is the reason our rodent-control team are doing mouse control at a house in Marietta, Georgia today. Solving a mouse problem without using poisons requires that every potential entry gap be found and sealed.
by Webmaster
Jan 09, 2023 09:57:51 am.

A crawl space door that didn't close properly left a gap of about an inch between the top of the door and its frame, which allowed mice into a house in College Park, Georgia. Our non-chemical mouse control is reinstalling the door and adjusting the frame to rodent-proof the house.
by Webmaster
Jan 09, 2023 09:54:55 am.

Started off in Rome ga, raccoons in the crawl space, then headed to Atlanta, ga, rats in the attic
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Jan 05, 2023 11:48:37 am.

All it took was a three eighth inch gap between the roof sheathing and the fascia for mice to get into the attic of a house in Conyers, Georgia. The mouse control crew is installing a metal pest barrier over the edges of the roof to rodent-proof the attic.
by Webmaster
Jan 05, 2023 10:20:25 am.

Droppings and gnawing in the attic were all the evidence we needed that mouse control was needed in the attic of a house in Atlanta. Because mice can't fly, we know that they climbed up there; so our non-chemical mouse control crew is rodent-proofing the entire house to eliminate the mouse problem.
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Jan 05, 2023 10:15:46 am.

Here's an Example of a Competitor's Shoddy Work at a Dunwoody, Georgia Mouse Control Job
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Jan 04, 2023 09:03:32 am.

A one-inch gas pipe passed through a two-inch hole in the brick wall is the reason why our rodent pest control specialists are in a crawl space doing mouse control in Dunwoody, Georgia. Whenever you pass pipes or wires through a wall, it's important to seal the gaps to rodent-proof the house.
by Webmaster
Jan 03, 2023 09:25:28 am.

A gap in the upper right-hand corner of a square hole where a round pipe passes through a brick wall allowed mice into a house in Decatur, Georgia. A mouse control expert has to think like a mouse; and mice love small holes like that that they can get through, but which are too small for predators to follow them.
by Webmaster
Jan 03, 2023 09:22:46 am.

A gap between the pipes, conduit, and tubing passing under a sheet metal vent hood and through the brick wall allowed mice into a house in Alpharetta, Georgia. We have a mouse pest control crew sealing that and many other gaps in the brickwork to rodent-proof the house and eliminate the mouse infestation without using poisons.
by Webmaster
Jan 03, 2023 09:12:03 am.

Our Rodent Pest Control Professionals are Busy Correcting a Handyman's Mouse-Proofing Attempt in Marietta, Georgia
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Jan 03, 2023 09:06:52 am.

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by Chris Collender
Jan 02, 2023 11:16:26 am.

A fingertip-sized gap around two PVC pipes passed side-by-side through the brick wall allowed mice into a house in Decatur, Georgia. A mouse control crew from our Metro Atlanta office will seal that gap and any others that they find to non-chemically treat the mouse problem and rodent-proof the house.
by Webmaster
Dec 30, 2022 05:02:06 am.

A rodent pest control crew doing mouse control in Dunwoody, Georgia discovered that the mice are tunneling through the insulation. It will have to be replaced once all the mice are gone and the house is made rodent proof.
by Webmaster
Dec 28, 2022 10:37:32 am.

We're about to replace the attic insulation as the last part of a Douglasville, Georgia mouse control job. The old insulation was contaminated with mouse urine and droppings and littered with acorn shells.
by Webmaster
Dec 28, 2022 10:26:53 am.

A space about the size of two fingertips over a bundle of pipes and wires where they passed through the cinder block foundation is the reason our rodent pest control specialists are in a crawl space doing mouse control in Atlanta today.
by Webmaster
Dec 27, 2022 09:18:48 am.

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by Webmaster
Dec 23, 2022 12:56:04 pm.

Mice used a gap of about half an inch at the bottom of the garage door frame to get out of the cold and into a house in Grayson, Georgia. Our rodent pest control crew is sealing all the gaps to keep pest mice out of the house.
by Webmaster
Dec 23, 2022 12:36:15 pm.

A rickety old plywood crawl space door with a gap around the edges is the reason why we have a rodent pest control crew doing mouse control in Atlanta. They're building a rodent-proof crawl door that will keep mice out of the house.
by Webmaster
Dec 23, 2022 12:28:33 pm.

A gap in a bundle of pipes passes through the concrete foundation a couple of inches above ground level is the reason our rodent pest control experts are doing mouse control in Cedartown, Georgia today. Ground-level gaps are especially attractive to rodents.
by Webmaster
Dec 21, 2022 09:14:04 am.

Our Rodent Pest Control Technicians are Sealing Gaps Around Pipes Going through a Brick Wall, which are the Reason Why this House in Dunwoody, Georgia Needs Mouse Control
by Webmaster
Dec 21, 2022 09:03:53 am.

Droppings and acorn shells in the insulation between the joists were evidence of a mouse infestation in the attic of a house in Marietta, Georgia. We have rodent pest control specialists at the house setting traps to non-chemically trap and remove the mice, and rodent-proofing the house to prevent future problems.
by Webmaster
Dec 21, 2022 08:55:45 am.

Rain rain go away, i need to quote some houses today, started off Snellville ga, squirrels have chewed several new holes, paid 2 companies to do patch work , never works long term, why she called us, we will give her a permanent solution
by Chris Collender
Dec 20, 2022 12:54:00 pm.

Lifting a shingle revealed a three-eighths of an inch gap under the roof sheathing that allowed mice into the attic of a house in Oxford, Georgia. The mouse control crew will install a metal rodent pest barrier over the gap and use trapping and removal to safely and non-chemically eradicate the mouse population.
by Webmaster
Dec 20, 2022 08:36:03 am.

The screen behind the lattice of a foundation vent is rotting away and has detached from the lattice, which is why we have a rodent pest control crew doing mouse control in Jonesboro, Georgia today. You can't permanently solve a mouse problem until you rodent-proof the house.
by Webmaster
Dec 20, 2022 08:31:42 am.

Beautiful day but Baby, it’s cold outside. Started the day in Athens ga, rats, then headed to Brasselton, ga, rats, then headed over to Oxford, ga, squirrels. Good times
by Chris Collender
Dec 19, 2022 12:42:44 pm.

A gap about the size of the diameter of a pencil around the insulated air-conditioning line where it passes through the wooden siding allowed mice to climb the pipe to get into a house in Ellenwood, Georgia. Mouse control at this house will begin with sealing that gap and any others that our non-chemical rodent pest control specialists find.
by Webmaster
Dec 19, 2022 09:24:53 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, Cartersville, College Park, Conyers, Decatur, Douglasville, Duluth, Dunwoody, Fayetteville, Hull, Johns Creek, Kennesaw, Lithonia, Loganville, Mableton, Marietta, McDonough, Newnan, Norcross, Peachtree City, Powder Springs, Sandy Springs, Smyrna, Stone Mountain, and Vinings. We are fully licensed and insured.

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