Alabama Office - Birmingham, AL Phone Number 205-490-6200
Mobile Version Icon

Request a Quote
Contact Us

Version Preference: Full (Has more pretty pictures - good for broadband) | Light (Loads faster - good for dialup)

Rodent Control in the Birmingham Area

Bat Control
Bird Control
Opossum Control
Raccoon Control
Rat and Mouse Control
Snake Control
Gray Squirrel Removal
Flying Squirrel Removal
Honeybee Removal

Other Services

Animal Damage Repairs
Dead Animal Removal and Odor Control
Contaminated Insulation Replacement

Better Business Bureau Logo

CritterTwitter
October 24, 2014

Off to Trussvile today mice in one home and squirrels in another. Our furry friends don't seem to mind what city you live in, They just love your nice warm attic.
by Dean Scott
Mar 28, 2014 08:07:54 am.

Solved a mouse infestation in Moody and a rat problem in Mountain Brook today. Great end to a productive week solving animal issues in AL.
by Jason McFarland
Mar 21, 2014 10:59:05 pm.

I've done a few honey bees inspections this week ,in birmingham ,bees are definitely gettin active. If u see or here bees inside your walls it's definitely honey bees ,have us remove them before the nest grows any bigger
by Scott Greenwalt
Jul 19, 2013 08:29:45 am.

Very big bad bat problems in Birmingham Alabama ,and pretty much all surrounding cities , bats are a huge health hazard to have living in your house,please have us help u if u have bats living in your attics ,don't wait things get worse.
by Scott Greenwalt
Jul 19, 2013 08:24:21 am.

I've now been seeing lots of flying squirrels starting to get active again ,a couple of main areas I've seen so far would be Anniston Alabama and Gadsden ,please check your attic spaces for flyers or any other critters
by Scott Greenwalt
Jul 19, 2013 08:18:40 am.

Lots of mice ,and raccoon problems in Birmingham this week ,also seeing lots of bats in attic spaces in Birmingham as well
by Scott Greenwalt
Jul 10, 2013 06:11:07 pm.

I done four inspections in Shelby county and the sylacaga area,each house had a bat problem,bats are bad in these areas,to be bat free have us do a inspection to get rid of em
by Scott Greenwalt
Jul 10, 2013 06:06:01 pm.

I done four inspections in Shelby county and the sylacaga area,each house had a bat problem,bats are bad in these areas,to be bat free have us do a inspection to get rid of em
by Scott Greenwalt
Jul 10, 2013 06:05:29 pm.

Scott Greenwalt has been our lead tech in Alabama battling the critters but he is out this week expecting a new addition to his family. Congratulations Scott from the Ridacritter family. Rodney Faulkner is running the critter operations now
by Richard Adcock
Jun 25, 2013 02:41:59 pm.

The guys are staying busy with raccoons and bats in the attic right now. It seems they are the main nuisance critters at this time in the Birmingham area.
by Richard Adcock
Jun 20, 2013 05:46:53 am.

Test tweet for Alabama tweet feed. Should not render on Georgia. Tweet.
by The Webmaster
Jun 17, 2013 04:33:53 pm.


Rid-A-Critteron

Visit us on Facebook
Visit our YouTube Page
Link Button to Kudzu Page
Rid-A-Critter In The Community Button
Rid-A-Critter Coloring Page for Children

Financing Available. Contact us for more details.

Free Estimates, free interior inspection, free interior animal removal, and free disinfecting with a full animal exclusion job. (Some Exceptions Apply.)

Pay Your Bill Online

Click Here to Pay Your Bill Online


Rat and Mouse Control - Greater Birmingham, Alabama

 

Commensal Rodent Species Common in Alabama

An infrared picture of a rat walking upside-down on a floor joist

Rid-A-Critter has high-tech infrared imaging equipment to help detect stealthy rodents.

There are many species of rodents, but only three of them are commonly encountered as "pests" in Alabama: the roof rat, the Norway rat, and the house mouse. This chart can help you tell the three species apart.

Roof rats are slender, athletic, and skilled at climbing. They're very common in Alabama, and are usually found in attics and walls of homes (although they can live pretty much anywhere near a source of food and water).

Norway rats are stockier than roof rats and usually live in burrows, basements, crawl spaces, and other areas close to the ground. They can climb very well when necessary, however; so like their cousins the roof rats, they can live pretty much anywhere.

House mice are small and slender and can be found almost anywhere. They have poor vision, so they especially like tight places where they can feel their way around using their whiskers and special body hairs. They don't need to drink free water, so basically they can live anywhere close to food and where they feel cozy and safe from predators.

(A few other rodents, such as squirrels and flying squirrels, are a bit higher on the rodent social scale and are considered "nuisance wildlife.")

Rodent exterminators and public health biologists refer to the roof rat, Norway rat, and house mouse as "commensal rodents," meaning that they "eat from the same table" as we do, or in other words, they live in close proximity to us and eat the same stuff as we do.

This tendency to live in close proximity to humans is a big part of the reason why rats and mice are important public health pests. Rodents are involved in the transmission of a whole bunch of diseases, and their closer they live to humans, the easier it is for most of these diseases to be transmitted.

 

Public Health Importance of Rat and Mouse Control

A rat exterminator in a crawl space in Birmingham, Alabama, barely visible among the pipes and debris

Doing rat control in Birmingham is a dirty job, but someone has to do it.

Rats and mice are among the most important public health pests, being directly involved in the transmission of many diseases, and indirectly involved in many more. In fact, the rat is believed to have been the first animal specifically identified as a disease-bearing pest, with references dating back to biblical times.

Aside from contaminating food and living spaces with their droppings, urine, and shed fur, rats are hosts for a wide variety of insect and other parasite disease vectors. They also serve as reservoirs for many diseases that their parasites spread including plague, Lyme disease, and many others.

Like rats, mice also carry diseases. In fact, despite their small size, mice can actually be more important disease vectors than rats. Mice are smaller than rats and can get through smaller openings, have a smaller home range, don't require free water in their diets, and most often live within a few feet of their food sources. This means that mice are actually more likely than rats to come in contact with humans (or more commonly, our food).

Some of the more notable diseases transmitted by rats and mice include:

Plague. This is the disease that rodents are famous for spreading, of course, seeing as how it wiped out a large part of Europe on several occasions. The bacteria that cause plague, Yersenia pestis, are usually transmitted to humans by fleas that carry the bacterium from an infected rodent to the human. But they can also be spread by handling an infected animal.

Hantavirus. There are several strains of hantavirus, all of which are spread by the droppings or urine of rodents or by coming in contact with infected animals. Exposure can lead to the development of Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome, a serious and potentially fatal respiratory disease.

Lymphocytic Chorio-meningitis (LCM). LCM is a serious neurological disease that is spread by breathing dust that has been contaminated with the droppings or urine of rodents, or by coming in contact with nesting materials or other contaminated items.

Some other rodent-borne diseases include leptospirosis, murine typhus, salmonella, rat-bite fever, tularemia, Lyme disease, and many, many others.

 

Economic Importance of Rodent Control

In addition to their public health importance, rats and mice are serious economic pests, as well. Among the ways that rats and mice cause economic harm are:

Direct Damage to Property. Rats and mice are gnawers, and they'll gnaw on pretty much anything that's convenient -- including both buildings themselves and stored belongings like shoes, clothing, books, and so forth. They also stain and damage items with their urine and droppings.

Damage to Stored Food, Feed, and Seed. Rats and mice consume millions of tons of stored food, feed, and seed every year, and contaminate millions of ton more with their urine, droppings, shed hairs, and other filth.

Fires. Rodents cause countless fires every year by gnawing on the insulation of electrical wiring. Our techs come across this almost every single day. It's a very serious problem.

 

Non-Chemical Rat and Mouse Control in Alabama

Rid-A-Critter is a bit unusual in that we specialize in non-chemical rat and mouse extermination. We trap the rodents that are in your home, and then seal them out permanently. This is called "rodent exclusion" or "rodent-proofing," and it's an entirely different way of dealing with rodent problems than most people are familiar with. We believe that it's also a much better, more modern way of handling rodent problems.

Most mouse and rat exterminators use poison bats as their primary rat control tools. They place the bait in burrow, in walls or ceilings, in bait boxes along runways, etc. to kill the rats and mice. Eventually the rodents find the bait; and a few days after that, they die. Sounds like a plan, right? Well, we don't like that plan. Here's why.

Non-Chemical Rodent Control is Safer. When you use poison baits, there's always the chance of poisoning some animal that you didn't want harmed, such as a pet or another non-target animal.

Our Rodent Control Methods are Environmentally Friendly. Most rodenticides exhibit something called secondary toxicity, which basically means that the poisoned rodent's carcass becomes poisonous. So if, for example, a hawk eats a poisoned rat, the hawk could be poisoned, as well. Our non-poisonous rodent control system eliminates that risk.

No Risk of Dead Rodents Stinking Up the Place. With our non-chemical approach to rodent control, the rodents in your home are trapped and removed, and then your home is made rodent-proof. That means there's no chance of a poisoned rat or mouse dying and rotting away inside a wall or ceiling.

Long-Term Money Savings. Our non-chemical rodent control system is designed to make your house rodent-proof, meaning that once it's done, it's really done. You don't have to pay a rodent exterminator to show up every month to refill the poison bait stations -- for the rest of your life.

In short, our unique, non-chemical rodent control system is safer, more environmentally friendly, and more permanent than old-fashioned rat and mouse extermination methods that rely on poisons.

 

Rodent Control Gallery

Here are some pictures of rodent control jobs that we've done in Birmingham and throughout our Metro Birmingham, Alabama service area.

Rat Extermination Pictures:

Mouse Extermination Pictures:


Warning: include(Includes/gallery_2.php): failed to open stream: No such file or directory in /home/critters/public_html/birmingham/rat-mouse-control.php on line 74

Warning: include(): Failed opening 'Includes/gallery_2.php' for inclusion (include_path='.:/usr/lib/php:/usr/local/lib/php') in /home/critters/public_html/birmingham/rat-mouse-control.php on line 74

For more information about rodent control or any of our quality services, please call us today for an on-site inspection and consultation.

 

Rid-A-Critter is a Certified Drug-Free Workplace

Birmingham, Alabama Service Area.

The Alabama office of Rid-A-Critter provides non-chemical rat and mouse extermination in Birmingham, Alabama and the the entire Metro Birmingham area including Anniston, Bessemer, Brighton, Fairfield, Heflin, Homewood, Hoover, Hueytown, Irondale, Leeds, Midfield, Moody, Mountain Brook, Oxford, Pell City, Trussville, Vestavia, and their surrounding areas. Please click here for the home office.

Site and Photos © 2005 - 2013 Rid-A-Critter. All rights reserved. This Web site designed and maintained by RJM Web Design. Legal, Privacy and Warranty Information.

Page copy protected against web site content infringement by Copyscape