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Mouse Control in the Athens, Georgia Area

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

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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It all started with a fingertip-sized gap between the bottom of the door frame and the concrete walkway that allowed mice into a house in Watkinsville, Georgia. Our non-chemical mouse control crew is sealing that gap to put an and to the rodent problems at this home.
by Webmaster
Jun 20, 2022 10:44:06 am.

One of our Athens-area rodent pest control crews is sealing gaps around various pipes where they pass through the brick wall as critical parts of a Jefferson, Georgia mouse control job. It's critical because we don't use mouse poisons. We eliminate mouse infestations by meticulously rodent-proofing the house to prevent mice from getting in in the first place.
by Webmaster
Jun 15, 2022 09:46:42 am.

Mice climbed up the gap behind the corner post to get into the attic of a house in Bogart, Georgia. Mice are better climbers than most people realize. A pest control team from our Athens office is using traps to eliminate the mouse problem without using poisons, and non-chemically rodent-proofing the house to prevent future infestations.
by Webmaster
Jun 13, 2022 09:47:34 am.

Mice chewed right through the foam that a homeowner used around the pipes where they passed through the walls at a house in Bishop, Georgia. A pest-control crew from our Athens office is properly sealing the gaps to eliminate the mouse problem and rodent-proof the house without using any poisons.
by Webmaster
May 31, 2022 11:38:38 am.

Heading to a snake call in Griffin Ga.
by Jason Arruda
May 09, 2022 02:31:20 pm.

Holes in a corroded screen behind the lattice of a foundation vent cover are allowing mice into a house in Winder, Georgia. Our Athens-area pest control crew will replace the screens as part of a comprehensive, non-chemical mouse control and rodent exclusion job.
by Webmaster
May 06, 2022 09:09:30 am.

Bats and carpenter bees are flying , Hampton to Ellen, off to demorest, snakes in Hoschton.
by Chris Collender
May 05, 2022 08:49:43 am.

A rodent pest control team from our Athens office is doing mouse control in Bishop, Georgia today. They're rodent-proofing the outside of the house, and using traps to treat the current mouse problem without using poisons.
by Webmaster
May 03, 2022 09:58:04 am.

Pest control technicians from our Athens office are replacing a crawl space door as part of a Bishop, Georgia mouse control job. The existing door is sagging and has a gap in the top corner that is allowing mice into the house. The new door will be tight-fitting and rodent-proof.
by Webmaster
Apr 29, 2022 09:39:11 am.

Bats and carpenter bees are in full effect, From Rome, ga to Hampton, ga, then off to Atlanta. Busy times
by Chris Collender
Apr 28, 2022 11:15:13 am.

An air-conditioning installer used mortar around the pipes and wires to try to seal mice out of a house in Athens, Georgia; but the mortar shrank and popped out, allowing mice into the house. Our non-chemical rodent pest control crew is properly mouse-proofing the house.
by Webmaster
Apr 25, 2022 10:16:57 am.

Mouse droppings and urine on the vinyl crawl space vapor barrier are evidence of mice that need to be trapped and removed from a house in Bogart, Georgia. A non-chemical rodent control team from our Athens office is on their way to treat the mouse problem and rodent-proof the house.
by Webmaster
Apr 19, 2022 10:36:28 am.

A mouse control crew working at a house in Athens, Georgia is replacing the crawl space door to keep mice, rats, and other rodent pests out of the house.
by Webmaster
Apr 18, 2022 11:10:49 am.

A rodent pest control crew is heading out to a non-chemical mouse control job at an Athens, Georgia home. The mice are getting into the house through gaps between the exterior trim and the pavement, which we'll seal as part of the rodent-proofing job.
by Webmaster
Apr 18, 2022 11:01:23 am.

A half-inch gap between the soffit panel and the shingles at a roof junction is allowing mice into the attic of a house in Jefferson, Georgia. The mice are climbing up a tree to get on the roof, and then getting into the attic through the gap in the soffit. That's quite an achievement for a mouse; but the homeowner is unimpressed and wants the mice gone.
by Webmaster
Apr 13, 2022 10:32:14 am.

One of our pest rodent control crews is mouse-proofing a house in Athens, Georgia. The mice are getting into the attic from the outside through gaps in the roof. The rodent-proofing work with also keep other nuisance animals out of the attic.
by Webmaster
Apr 13, 2022 09:37:48 am.

Busy critter day today, went to locus grove for some bats, Riverdale to get some squirrels, several Atlanta stops, of course rats, then ended in Marietta, rats again
by Chris Collender
Apr 11, 2022 07:25:46 pm.

Beautiful weather, bats are flying, and squirrels are breading, good times. Athens to snellville, over to Stone Mountain, then out to Atlanta
by Chris Collender
Apr 08, 2022 09:31:43 am.

A thumb-sized gap in the mortar of the foundation was all the mice needed to get into the crawl space of a house in Athens, Georgia. Mice can get through holes the size of a dime, which is one of the things that makes non-chemical mouse control and rodent exclusion such meticulous, detailed work.
by Webmaster
Apr 07, 2022 10:44:01 am.

A foundation vent cover crept out of the opening in a brick wall, creating a one-inch gap behind the top flange that allowed mice into a house in Winder, Georgia. Our non-chemical rodent pest control crew is re-seating all the vents as part of a mouse-control and rodent-exclusion job.
by Webmaster
Apr 07, 2022 10:09:52 am.

Rain, rain go away, Chris C wants to do Some quotes today, Morganton(flyers), Carrollton(rats), College Park(raccoons), Brookhaven(squirrels)
by Chris Collender
Apr 05, 2022 02:15:46 pm.

Macon, Warner Robins, Perry and Forsyth Ga today bidding jobs and warranty services. Got crews all over south Ga as well sealing homes against bats and squirrels.
by Jason Arruda
Apr 04, 2022 02:12:52 pm.

The foundation crept out about half an inch from the brick wall, which created a gap behind the flange that allowed mice into a house in Watkinsville, Georgia. We'll re-secure all the foundation vents as part of the mouse control and rodent pest exclusion job.
by Webmaster
Apr 04, 2022 09:50:33 am.

Customer in Macon Ga.called in having issues with snakes entering her basement. Going out there now.
by Jason Arruda
Apr 01, 2022 10:28:59 am.

Mouse droppings in the pantry? Bats in the gables? Rats overtaking your living area? Squirrels nesting in your attic? Noises in the walls? Scratching noises coming from you attic? Snakes in your crawl space? We handle them all.
by Jason Arruda
Mar 31, 2022 04:29:56 pm.

Got critters? Squirrels, bats,rats, raccoons, birds etc. Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee give a call for a free consultation.
by Jason Arruda
Mar 31, 2022 12:34:04 pm.

Newnan this morning for raccoons, then off to sharpsburg for mice and down to Atlanta for rats.
by Chris Collender
Mar 29, 2022 02:15:53 pm.

Crazy week so far, bats and carpenter bees are in full swing, from Athens to Suwannee, over to Duluth then to Alpharetta and Atlanta. Now this morning, I am in conyers with rats and squirrels
by Chris Collender
Mar 23, 2022 10:48:04 am.

A gap between the wall of the house and the flange of a dryer vent that wasn't secured to the wall in any way allowed mice into a house in Athens. Our pest control crew is replacing the dryer vent with a rodent-proof one that will be properly secured to the house to keep mice and rats out.
by Webmaster
Mar 23, 2022 09:24:09 am.

Busy day today. Leaving a Tifton Ga bat quote that we’re going to seal next week. Headed to Coolidge Ga for another bat quote. Droppings on the driveway got the customers attention and squeaky sounds coming from the attic. Give us a call.
by Jason Arruda
Mar 21, 2022 12:24:07 pm.

Yesterday was another busy day, Ellijay had some flyers, then to norcross for rats, Athens with grey squirrels and woodstock with bats and rats
by Chris Collender
Mar 16, 2022 08:03:54 am.

Rats in temple ga, squirrels are running crazy in Dallas, ga
by Chris Collender
Mar 14, 2022 09:16:15 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. We are fully licensed and insured. Your town not listed? Contact us.

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