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Mouse Control in the Athens, Georgia Area

Athens-Clarke County Regional Office of Rid-A-Critter

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 long-lasting mouse extermination and exclusion services to homeowners and businesses in and around Athens-Clarke County, Georgia. Our mouse-control program relies heavily on non-chemical mouse control using trapping and exclusion, not poisoning mice using rodenticides. In fact, in most cases, 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 so new mice can't get in. Usually, no poisons are needed at all; and when they are, we use only very small amounts, for a very short time, after which they can be removed.

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 seal 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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Tiny Mouse Entry Gap Into a House in Bogart, Georgia
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Nov 05, 2019 11:01:37 am.

We Found Mouse Droppings in the Attic of a House in Athens, Georgia
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Nov 05, 2019 10:49:17 am.

An Ambitious Mouse Chewed its Way Into a Garage in Watkinsville, Georgia
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Oct 30, 2019 11:59:02 am.

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Oct 30, 2019 11:54:57 am.

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Oct 29, 2019 11:03:00 am.

Norway Rat Entry Hole into a House in Athens, Georgia
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Oct 23, 2019 11:59:32 am.

A Removed Conduit Allowed Mice into a House in Athens, Georgia
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Oct 23, 2019 11:50:31 am.

Disrespectful Mice Gnawed on the Wiring in my Car
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Oct 21, 2019 10:09:44 am.

Conclusive Evidence of Mice in an Attic in White Plains, Georgia
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Oct 18, 2019 10:15:01 am.

Evidence of a Mouse Problem in the Attic of a House in Watkinsville, Georgia
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Oct 18, 2019 10:07:59 am.

Some Mice Chewed a Hole Into a Garage in Athens, Georgia
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Oct 16, 2019 09:43:27 am.

An Open-Door Policy Allowed Mice Into a House in Bogart, Georgia
by Webmaster
Oct 11, 2019 10:47:05 am.

The Mice Got Into this Athens, Georgia Home Around the Dryer Vent
by Webmaster
Oct 11, 2019 10:38:58 am.

Havoc in you attic. Call us
by Jason Arruda
Oct 10, 2019 02:29:13 pm.

Having a blast down here in Tifton Ga at the GPCA Fall Conference meeting new clients. Glad to be in great relationships with the pest control industry.
by Jason Arruda
Oct 10, 2019 10:45:32 am.

Minor Mouse Damage to Pipe Insulation in an Attic in Greensboro, Georgia
by Webmaster
Oct 07, 2019 10:42:39 am.

Been a busy day in South Georgia today with attic noises and scratching noises in walls. Squirrels are here.
by Jason Arruda
Sep 19, 2019 02:34:56 pm.

Typical Mouse Entry Hole into a House in White Plains, Georgia
by Webmaster
Sep 13, 2019 10:56:22 am.

How Mice Got Into this House in Winder, Georgia
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Sep 13, 2019 10:38:07 am.

This Was How Mice Got Into a House in Bogart, Georgia
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Sep 09, 2019 11:03:24 am.

Typical Mouse Entry Gap into a House in Athens, Georgia
by Webmaster
Sep 05, 2019 11:47:14 am.

Squirrel calls are coming in. Is your home protected? Call us for a free quote today.
by Jason Arruda
Sep 04, 2019 12:40:03 pm.

Here's How Mice Got Into this House in Social Circle, Georgia
by Webmaster
Sep 03, 2019 12:18:41 pm.

Here's a Mouse Hole into the Garage of a House in Athens, Georgia
by Webmaster
Aug 29, 2019 12:17:03 pm.

Out seeing clients today in Birmingham, Anniston, Leeds and Center Point Alabama. Having issues with Nuisance animals in your home or business call us for a free quote.
by Jason Arruda
Aug 29, 2019 12:14:08 pm.

Visible Mouse Stains on the Bricks at a House in Athens, Georgia
by Webmaster
Aug 28, 2019 11:50:05 am.

Headed south to Vidalia,Ga for a bat exclusion quote. Nice day today with cooler temps. Going to be a busy fall.
by Jason Arruda
Aug 26, 2019 11:29:27 am.

Getting a little squirrelly in Georgia. We’ve seen babies already.
by Jason Arruda
Aug 01, 2019 09:54:09 am.

In Warner Robins this morning and sold a exclusion. Gonna be another happy customer. Now headed to Valdosta to see some clients.
by Jason Arruda
Jul 25, 2019 01:42:30 pm.

The Mice Got Into this House in Winder, Georgia Through this Vent
by Webmaster
Jul 23, 2019 12:30:06 pm.

Down here on Lake Blackshear quoting a home with what was thought to be bats. After evaluating the home it turns out to be Chimney Swifts which can’t be relocated due to being a migratory bird. We’ll be back to cap flue when they’re gone.
by Jason Arruda
Jul 22, 2019 01:37:32 pm.

House Mice Chewed their Way Into this House in Bogart, Georgia
by Webmaster
Jul 12, 2019 11:06:50 am.

The Athens, Georgia office of Rid-A-Critter provides long-lasting 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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