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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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I was in Big Canoe this morning, rats in the crawl space, then out to Douglasville for flyers in the attic, headed to Forest park for rats in a rental property
by Chris Collender
Sep 27, 2022 11:02:03 am.

Our non-chemical rodent pest control experts are doing mouse control in Athens, Georgia today. The mice got into the attic by climbing up to the rain gutter and through a gap between the roof sheathing and the fascia. We'll rodent-proof the house to prevent that from happening again.
by Webmaster
Sep 27, 2022 10:00:28 am.

Was in hiawassee for Bats, then Suches for rats, Suwannee for squirrels, and then Atlanta for rats again
by Chris Collender
Sep 22, 2022 12:56:25 pm.

Mice climbed up inside the gap behind the vinyl corner post to get into the rain gutter, and from there the attic, of a house in Bethlehem, Georgia. Mice are much better climbers than most people realize.
by Webmaster
Sep 21, 2022 09:30:47 am.

A crew from our Athens office doing mouse control in Winterville, Georgia discovered that the attic insulation is badly contaminated with mouse droppings and urine. It will have to be replaced to eliminate the mouse odors and health hazards.
by Webmaster
Sep 21, 2022 09:27:07 am.

A square gap in the corner of the drip edge behind the rain gutter barely half an inch on each side allowed mice into the attic of a house in Winterville, Georgia. A crew of rodent pest control specialists from our Athens office are treating the mouse problem and rodent-proofing the house.
by Webmaster
Sep 21, 2022 09:24:38 am.

Was in winterville this morning for mice, then to blairsvile for flyers, then Cummings ga for rats. Headed to Marietta for some bats, busy day
by Chris Collender
Sep 20, 2022 01:41:02 pm.

Atlanta job this morning, flyers in the attic, then headed to Decatur, rats in the crawl space
by Chris Collender
Sep 19, 2022 09:33:06 am.

Bats have been pretty busy this week, Atlanta to dunwoody, over to sandy springs, did a quote this morning for snakes in commerce ga, good times
by Chris Collender
Sep 15, 2022 10:09:54 am.

A gap barely the width of a pinky fingertip between the foundation vent cover and the brick wall was nonetheless big enough for mice to get into a house in Athens, Georgia. We have a non-chemical rodent control team at the house using traps to eliminate the existing mouse problem, and rodent-proofing the house to prevent future infestations.
by Webmaster
Aug 31, 2022 09:17:22 am.

There is a gap of about half an inch between the bottom of the wooden garage door frame and the concrete pavement that is allowing mice into a house in Athens, Georgia. Our mouse control crew is sealing the gap to non-chemically rodent-proof the house.
by Webmaster
Aug 29, 2022 09:31:33 am.

The air-conditioning installer tried to seal the hole in the foundation where he passed the wires though with caulking, but the caulking sagged before it cured and allowed mice into a house in Winder, Georgia.
by Webmaster
Aug 24, 2022 09:43:37 am.

The urine and droppings and a tunnel through the insulation under the framing were undeniable evidence of a mouse infestation in the attic of a Braselton, Georgia home. Mice can climb up to the attic from inside the walls or outside the house, making rodent-proofing the most important part of a non-chemical mouse control job.
by Webmaster
Aug 24, 2022 09:35:29 am.

Was in Duluth this morning for bats, then off to watkinsville and Royston for u know, bats, now to Covington for rats
by Chris Collender
Aug 22, 2022 03:23:41 pm.

Yesterday, I was In peachtree city and then ellenwoood, for bats, then I drove lakemont and Cummings, snakes in the house.
by Chris Collender
Aug 16, 2022 07:43:26 am.

Mice gnawed a hole through the bottom of the weather strip over the vertical garage door track to get into a house in Bogart, Georgia. Rodent pest control experts from our Athens office are mouse-proofing the house, and treating the existing mouse infestation without using chemicals.
by Webmaster
Aug 15, 2022 11:21:20 am.

A rotten screen behind the lattice of a metal foundation vent is the reason why we're doing mouse control in Athens, Georgia. Our rodent pest control crew is trapping and removing the mice, and re-screening vents to rodent-proof the house.
by Webmaster
Aug 15, 2022 11:12:42 am.

Snakes in the crawl space in carnesville ga, then off to Athens and conyers ga, bats are the attic. Now headed to villa rica for another wildlife quote
by Chris Collender
Aug 09, 2022 12:21:53 pm.

Rodent pest control specialists from our Athens office are doing non-chemical mouse control in Winder, Georgia today. The mice gnawed a thumb-sized hole through the rubber weather seal covering the vertical garage door track to get into the house.
by Webmaster
Aug 08, 2022 09:19:48 am.

Rodent pest control experts from our Athens office are installing a new crawl space door as part of a Watkinsville, Georgia mouse control job. Holes in the rotten old door that they're replacing was how the mice got into the house in the first place.
by Webmaster
Aug 05, 2022 09:35:56 am.

Rodent pest control experts from our Athens office are doing non-chemical mouse control in Comer, Georgia today. There are numerous gaps in the foundation that will have to be sealed to keep mice and other rodents out of the house.
by Webmaster
Aug 04, 2022 09:32:46 am.

Busy day yesterday, was out in snellville for rats, then out to Bethlehem, Watkinsville and Athens all for bats
by Chris Collender
Aug 02, 2022 11:53:29 am.

Bats are flying high, was in Monroe twice for bats in the gables/house, then off to Kennesaw where the bats where in the freeze boards.
by Chris Collender
Jul 28, 2022 12:05:24 pm.

The reason we're doing mouse control in Bogart, Georgia today is because someone left the sliding foundation vents open about half an inch. We're treating the mouse infestation non-chemically, which in this case includes sliding the vent door closed.
by Webmaster
Jul 25, 2022 09:07:10 am.

A thumb-sized gap around pipes and wires where they pass through the foundation at ground level is the reason one of our rodent pest control crews is doing mouse control in Athens, Georgia today. The only way to permanently eliminate a mouse infestation is to seal the mice out of the house.
by Webmaster
Jul 21, 2022 10:52:05 am.

A half inch gap between the right edge of the plywood crawl space door and its frame is the reason our rodent pest control professionals are doing mouse control in Bishop, Georgia today. It is impossible to permanently eliminate a mouse problem until you rodent-proof the house to keep them out.
by Webmaster
Jul 20, 2022 10:45:00 am.

A homeowner tried to use foam packaging material to fill the gap over the crawl space door and keep mice out of their Athens, Georgia home. Predictably, it didn't work out too well. Our rodent pest control technicians are installing a new door that will keep mice and other rodents out of the house.
by Webmaster
Jul 20, 2022 10:42:05 am.

In Bishop ga, rats in a older home, next stop Athens ga, bats in the gables/ridge vents
by Chris Collender
Jul 19, 2022 09:31:22 am.

Today a rodent pest control crew from our Athens office is installing a new crawl space door to achieve non-chemical mouse control at an Auburn, Georgia home. Crawl space doors that don't fit properly are the entry points that lead to a great many rat and mouse infestations.
by Webmaster
Jul 15, 2022 09:19:34 am.

Rodent Pest Control Technicians from our Athens Office are Sealing a Human-Assisted Entry Hole at a Greensboro, Georgia Mouse Control Job
by Webmaster
Jul 13, 2022 10:33:40 am.

Busy day, bats in Hampton, then off to Greensboro ga, bats again, bats in loganville, and now off to squirrels in Buford
by Chris Collender
Jul 12, 2022 11:55:56 am.

The garage door track shifted about half an inch, which created a gap that allowed mice into a house in Danielsville, Georgia. A non-chemical mouse control team from our Athens office is treating the mouse problem and rodent-proofing the house.
by Webmaster
Jul 11, 2022 10:47:11 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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