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Non-Chemical Mouse Control and Exclusion

Mice got into a house in Soddy Daisy Tennessee through a gap around the air conditioning pipes where they pass through the brick wall

Mice are very small, timid rodents who spend most of their lives alternating between finding food and not becoming food. Almost all carnivorous animals and birds consider mice a tasty snack, so they've developed biological traits and habits that serve as survival skills. They also are among the reasons why mice get into homes.

First of all, mice don't like being exposed. They also have fairly poor vision, so they spend a lot of time running along walls, using their whiskers and body hairs to feel their way along. When they come across a hole or a gap, they explore it. Holes and gaps that are big enough for a mouse to get through, but too small for a predator to follow, can mean the difference between life and death to a mouse; so they like knowing where all the good holes are.

Most homes have dozens of gaps and holes that mice can get through if they want to. They can easily get through cracks about the size of a pencil's diameter or holes about the size of a dime. And once they get in, they can easily travel through the walls and ceilings to any location in the house. They usually settle near the food, generally near the kitchen or pantry.

Another interesting survival characteristic mice have is that they don't need free water in their diets. They'll drink it if it's available, but they can survive on the water that's in food. Not having to travel to find water means that much less chance of being eaten by a cat during the journey. It also means that once mice settle down in the wall behind your kitchen cabinets, they can stay there literally forever, having young and raising families.

Like most mammals, however, mice are somewhat territorial; so as a mouse population grows in numbers (which happens very rapidly), the mice will spread out to nearby areas. Consequently, a small mouse problem can very quickly become a big mouse problem as population pressures cause the mice to spread out.

What it comes down to in the end is that the best way to avoid mouse problems is to prevent any mice at all from getting into your house or commercial building in the first place. That's why our safe, non-chemical mouse control system relies heavily on mouse exclusion, which means sealing mice out of your house to make it mouse-proof. Once we're sure that no "new" mice can get in, we trap and remove the existing mice so you can enjoy your mouse-free home.

Mice and Disease

Because they're small, and because many people think they're cute, most people don't associate mice with disease. The truth, however, is that mice carry most of the same diseases that their larger and less-popular cousins the rats do. In fact, because mice tend to live closer to humans and are more likely to contaminate the food we eat and the utensils we use to eat it, mice arguably present a bigger health risk than rats do.

In addition to carrying diseases, mice also have this annoying habit of gnawing on wiring, a trait they share with most other rodents. This wire-gnawing can cause problems ranging from doorbells not working, to houses burning to the ground. Many fires of "unknown origin" are believed by fire safety experts to have been caused by mice and other rodents.

Why Safe, Non-Chemical Mouse Control is Better

At Rid-A-Critter, we control mouse problems non-chemically using trapping and exclusion ("mouse-proofing") and without using pesticides. Many exterminators will tell you that it's impossible to seal mice out of a house, but we beg to differ. It's not impossible. It's just hard work. We do it every day, and we back up our work with the best warranty in the business.

Non-chemical mouse control is the safer, more environmentally-friendly, more-effective, and more-permanent way to eliminate a mouse problem. It also avoids all of the risks and hazards associated with mouse poisons, such as accidental poisoning of pets or non-target animals, fouled baits attracting insect pests, and mice dying in the walls and stinking up your house. It also eliminates the possibility of mice tracking the poison into your pantry or the drawers where you keep your utensils. It's just safer all around.

Exclusion-based mouse control is also more permanent because it prevents "new" mice from getting in and taking the places of the "old" mice. If you don't seal up your house to make it mouse-proof, you'll never truly eliminate a mouse problem. That's why our technicians spend a lot of time on their bellies shining flashlights into gaps and holes. To seal a mouse out of a house, you have to think like a mouse. Our technicians painstakingly find and seal any gap or hole that a mouse could possibly use to get into your home.

Mouse Control Gallery

Here are some randomly-selected pictures of mouse-control and mouse-proofing jobs we've done in Metro Chattanooga, Tennessee and elsewhere.

Please contact us to learn more about our non-chemical mouse-control services in the Chattanooga, Tennessee metropolitan area. We look forward to your call.

 

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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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Headed down south today to Albany Ga to give a quote for a bat exclusion. Animals in the attic scratching and bats are keeping the customers up at night. Time for us to step in.
by Jason Arruda
Sep 10, 2020 09:42:30 am.

This Gap Around a Gas Pipe Allowed Mice to Get into this House in Chattanooga
by Webmaster
Jul 13, 2020 10:48:00 am.

The Mice Got into a House in Chattanooga Through a Gap in an Expansion Joint
by Webmaster
Jun 26, 2020 11:32:05 am.

Jason and Justin Deodorizing an Attic After Animal Removal
by Webmaster
Jun 24, 2020 10:10:29 am.

This was How Mice Got into the Crawl Space of this House in Chattanooga
by Webmaster
Jun 18, 2020 07:38:50 am.

News: CDC Warns that COVID-19 Lockdowns are Making Rats and Mice More Desperate
by Webmaster
May 27, 2020 09:43:37 am.

Our Chattanooga office has a crew headed out to a house in Dunlap, Tennessee to solve a mouse problem in the garage.
by Webmaster
May 21, 2020 10:47:03 am.

This Loose Dryer Vent Allowed Mice into a House in Signal Mountain, Tennessee
by Webmaster
May 18, 2020 10:15:23 am.

Our Chattanooga office has a crew at work sealing around a house in East Brainerd, Tennessee to keep mice from getting into the house
by Webmaster
Apr 30, 2020 10:21:21 am.

Video of Justin Sealing Rats and Mice Out of a Loading Dock
by Webmaster
Apr 30, 2020 10:02:16 am.

Video of a Mouse Hole Around a Gas Pipe in Chattanooga
by Webmaster
Apr 22, 2020 10:17:09 am.

Here's How Mice Got into the Garage of a House in Signal Mountain, Tennessee
by Webmaster
Apr 14, 2020 11:18:37 am.

Serious Brick Separation Allowed Mice into a House in Chattanooga
by Webmaster
Apr 14, 2020 10:47:51 am.

Noises in your attic? We can help in certain case we can seal and remove animals from your home with no personal contact.
by Dean Scott
Apr 02, 2020 11:16:28 am.

From our family to yours we wish you good health and safety. During this uncertain time related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, we want to assure you as a approved business for essential Services. Rid-A-Critter remains open. Thanks
by Jason Arruda
Mar 27, 2020 03:07:31 pm.

Here's Dan Humanely Removing Animals from a Glue Trap
by Webmaster
Mar 10, 2020 10:05:57 am.

This Video Shows How to Humanely Remove an Animal from a Glue Trap
by Webmaster
Mar 10, 2020 09:57:33 am.

Just enjoying this Georgia weather this weekend. At my parents house fishing and noticed the wildlife out here where they belong. They can become a nuisance though when they find their way inside your home. In that case give us a call.
by Jason Arruda
Mar 01, 2020 12:24:17 pm.

Well it’s North Ga today. Seeing clients in Buford, Gainesville, Blue Ridge, Blairsville and Hiawassee Ga.
by Jason Arruda
Feb 27, 2020 11:30:35 am.

This Water Rot Allowed Mice into a House in Jasper, Tennessee
by Webmaster
Feb 25, 2020 11:07:26 am.

Interior Mouse Hole Inside a House in Chattanooga
by Webmaster
Feb 19, 2020 11:13:46 am.

Rainy days mean animals like to stay in. If you are hearing noises in your attic on this rainy day it could be more than rain.
by Dean Scott
Feb 13, 2020 09:27:56 am.

The Chattanooga, Tennessee office of Rid-A-Critter provides non-chemical mouse-control and mouse-proofing in the Chattanooga, Tennessee Metro Area, including the counties of Hamilton, Marion, and Sequatchie, Tennesee and the cities and towns of Collegedale, Dunlap, East Brainerd, East Ridge, Harrison, Jasper, Lakeview, Middle Valley, Red Bank, Signal Mountain, Soddy-Daisy, and their surrounding areas.

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