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Mouse Control in the Athens, Georgia Area

Mouse damage to HVAC ducts in an attic

Mouse damage to HVAC ducts in an attic

The Athens office of Rid-A-Critter is proud to offer safe, long-lasting, non-chemical mouse extermination and exclusion services to homeowners and businesses in and around Athens-Clarke County, Georgia. Our mouse-control program relies heavily on trapping and exclusion to prevent mice from getting into homes, not poisoning mice using rodenticides. In fact, we can eliminate your mouse problem and make your home mouse-proof using no poisons at all.

The mouse that most often infest homes in Georgia and most of the United States is called, fittingly enough, the house mouse, mus musculus. These mice are one of three rodent species (the other two are roof rats and Norway rats) that have adapted to living in human homes, in close proximity to people, and even eating our food. The three species are collectively known as commensal rodents for that reason.

This close association between mice and people is one of the reasons why mice are a far greater health risk than most people realize. Mice don't keep much distance between themselves and us. They even feel free to steal food from our cupboards and walk over our dishes, silverware, and food preparation services -- pooping, peeing, and leaving behind disease-causing germs along the way.

Specifically, mice are known to be involved in the transmission of several very serious diseases including:

And as if that weren't bad enough, mice also have parasites like fleas, ticks, and mites that carry their own diseases, some of which can be transmitted to humans and pets.

The long and short of it is that mice may be small, but they can cause big health problems. In fact, their small size actually makes them more dangerous than rats because they can live undetected in much closer proximity to people.

The Wrong Way to Control Mice

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

For many years, the standard way to control mice has been with mouse poisons, or rodenticides. Unfortunately, that's how most mouse exterminators continue to do it, often using materials very much like the ones that you can buy at most hardware or home goods stores. In fact, some over-the-counter rodenticides are identical to the ones that professional exterminators use except for the size of the package.

The reason most exterminators use poisons to control mice is because it's easy and cheap. The problem is that it's not very effective. In fact, if you choose to have your home treated for mice using poisons, you'll most likely be paying your exterminator for a long, long time. Even though the poisons will kill the mice in your home, they'll do nothing to stop "new" mice from getting in; and because the mice eventually will eat up all the poison, you'll be paying your exterminator to come back and replace it — again, and again, and again.

Here are some other reasons why relying on poisons for mouse control is not a good idea:

What it really comes down to is that you shouldn't depend on rodenticides alone for mouse control. Sometimes they're needed in small amounts, for a very short period of time; but even when that's the case, poisons should be considered an adjunct to trapping and exclusion, not a substitute for it.

The Right Way to Control House Mice

At the Athens Regional Office of Rid-A-Critter, we specialize in long-lasting mouse control that doesn't depend on poisons. We do this by trapping the mice that are already in your home, and making it mouse-proof to keep new mice from getting into the house.

What this means for you is that you get a more permanent solution to your mouse problem, without any of the drawbacks of relying on mouse poisons. What it means for us is that we'll miss you when we leave because you won't need to pay us to come back every month for the rest of time to refill your mouse bait stations.

Some exterminating companies will tell you that you can't keep mice out of a house. That's nonsense. It can be done. It's just not easy. It's difficult, painstaking work. Mice are very small and can squeeze through very tiny holes. But tiny holes can be sealed, too. It's just a lot of work to find them all. But that's okay. We're not afraid of work.

Another advantage of mouse-proofing your house is that larger animals like rats, raccoons, opossums, and so forth will also be locked out. If the small critters can't get in, then neither can the bigger ones.

When you add it all up, it becomes clear: Our exclusion-based method of mouse control is just a better, more responsible, more permanent solution to a mouse problem. It just makes more sense.

Rid-A-Critter provides environmentally-friendly mouse control to homes and businesses throughout the Athens, Georgia area. Please contact us for more information. We look forward to your call.

Mouse Control Gallery

Here are a few pictures of mouse-control jobs we've done in and around Athens, Georgia.

 

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Our technicians are heading out to a mouse-removal job in the attic of a house in Hoschton, Georgia. The mice are getting into the attic through a gap in the edge of the roof, which we'll repair to make the house rodent proof.
by Webmaster
Feb 26, 2021 10:10:34 am.

We have a crew sealing numerous gaps in the foundation to keep mice out of a house in Greensboro, Georgia. They'll also be setting traps to quickly catch and remove the mice that are already in the house.
by Webmaster
Feb 26, 2021 10:08:05 am.

Today We're Replacing this Door to Keep Mice Out of a Crawl Space in Bogart, Georgia
by Webmaster
Feb 26, 2021 10:01:38 am.

Rats, mice and squirrels today. Wildlife repairs with trapping. Animal exclusion needed call us for a free quote.
by Jason Arruda
Feb 25, 2021 10:58:52 am.

Rainy all over Georgia it seems like. Hard for us to keep dry when we’re determined to evict the animals and seal to keep them out. In Albany Ga now for a couple quotes and then to Zebulon Ga for another quote for squirrels removal. Be safe
by Jason Arruda
Feb 18, 2021 11:10:35 am.

A pest inspection at a house in Athens, Georgia revealed that mice are getting into the house through a gap around the gas pipe. We're sending technicians to trap the mice and seal the gaps to keep them out of the house.
by Webmaster
Feb 16, 2021 10:50:17 am.

Easy-to-Miss Mouse Gap through a Brick Wall into a House in Athens, Georgia
by Webmaster
Feb 05, 2021 09:49:43 am.

This Sloppy Flashing Allowed Mice into the Attic of a Bethlehem, Georgia Home
by Webmaster
Feb 05, 2021 09:43:09 am.

Headed over to Albany Georgia for a quote to exclude squirrels.
by Jason Arruda
Feb 02, 2021 11:44:36 am.

Give Ridacritter a call for any of your nuisance animal needs. From Bats, to Bees, Squirrels, to Rats, Ridacritter solves all of your problems. Call for an exclusion today!
by Jake A.
Jan 30, 2021 10:25:50 am.

Very busy right now. Lots of squirrels and rats in the Birmingham and surrounding areas. Looks like bats are flying already as I’ve got several bat jobs to look at this week. Had a customer yesterday with squirrels and bats.
by Chris Scott
Jan 26, 2021 08:07:01 am.

Mouse-control technicians from our Athens office are re-flashing the roof of a house in Pendergrass, Georgia to keep mice out of the attic.
by Webmaster
Jan 14, 2021 10:29:59 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.

Why This Athens, Georgia Home Needs Mouse Control in the Attic
by Webmaster
Jan 11, 2021 10:33:57 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.

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.

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.

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

Here's Why this House in Athens, Georgia Needs Mice Removed from the Attic
by Webmaster
Dec 31, 2020 10:11:54 am.

New Blog Post: Merry Christmas!
by Webmaster
Dec 24, 2020 11:23:46 am.

Epic Do-it-Yourself Mouse-Exclusion FAIL in Athens, Georgia
by Webmaster
Dec 24, 2020 10:41:32 am.

Technicians from our Athens office will taking care of a mouse problem in the attic of a house in Braselton, Georgia tomorrow. In addition to trapping and removing the mice, they'll seal all around the house to make it mouse-proof.
by Webmaster
Dec 17, 2020 06:18:22 pm.

Finishing up on a exclusion in Cordele Ga and headed to Valdosta Ga for some trap checking. Good times. Happy Monday.
by Jason Arruda
Dec 07, 2020 10:46:24 am.

Here's Why this House in Macon, Georgia Needs Mouse Control in the Attic
by Webmaster
Dec 02, 2020 10:18:31 am.

Our technicians are sealing gaps around the perimeter to keep mice out of a house in Athens, Georgia. Mice can get into houses through gaps the size of a pencil's diameter, making mouse-proofing a house very detailed work.
by Webmaster
Dec 02, 2020 10:03:56 am.

A Gap Around a Gas Pipe Allowed Mice into a Greensboro, Georgia Home
by Webmaster
Nov 19, 2020 09:34:02 am.

Today We'll be Doing Mouse Exclusion on the Watkinsville, Georgia Home
by Webmaster
Nov 13, 2020 09:25:20 am.

Easy-to-Miss Mouse Entry Gap into the Attic of a House in Jefferson, Georgia
by Webmaster
Nov 12, 2020 09:34:30 am.

We have technicians sealing gaps in the mortar of a stone house in Athens, Georgia to keep mice out of the house. Stone houses are especially vulnerable to mouse problems when the mortar crumbles and falls from between the stones.
by Webmaster
Nov 10, 2020 11:10:31 am.

The Mice Got into this Athens, Georgia Home through a Hole in the Siding
by Webmaster
Nov 09, 2020 10:44:45 am.

The Athens, Georgia office of Rid-A-Critter provides non-chemical mouse control in Athens-Clarke, Greene, and parts of Barrow, Gwinnett, Hall, Banks, Jackson, and Oconee Counties in Georgia, including Athens, Auburn, Bogart, Commerce, Good Hope, Greensboro, Jefferson, Madison, Monroe, Watkinsville, and Winder. Your town not listed? Contact us.

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