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.
Mice gnawed through a vent screen in Clarkston
Mouse entry point into a house in Kennesaw
How mice got into this house in Johns Creek
Mouse damage to wiring in an attic in Lilburn
How mice got into this house in Morrow
How mice got into a house in Conyers
Mice chewed their way into this Atlanta home
Mouse hole in a garage door in Atlanta
How mice got into this Marietta home
Failed handyman mouse-proofing in Douglasville
Mouse entry hole into a brick house in Atlanta
Mouse hole in a house in Marietta
Mouse hole in a house in Atlanta
Mice gnawed through the vent screen in Kennesaw
Mouse entry gap under a door in Atlanta
Mouse entry hole into a house in Powder Springs
Mouse damage to wiring in Avondale Estates
Mouse droppings and acorns in Atlanta
Mouse's eye view of a damaged vent in Atlanta
Mice gnawed their way into this garage in Duluth
Mouse hole through foam in Atlanta
Mouse hole into a garage in Atlanta
Mice gnawed through the vent screen in Newnan
Mouse entry hole into a garage in Atlanta
How mice got into a house in Austell
Mouse hole into a house in Marietta
How mice got into this house in Marietta
Mouse entry point in a house in Grayson
Mice got into the garage through this hole
Mouse entry hole in a house in Smyrna, Georgia
DIY mouse-proofing fail in Duluth
Mouse-loving cable guy struck in Clarkston