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Rat and Mouse Control in the Greater Birmingham, Alabama Area

Young rat in a cage trap facing the camera after being trapped and removed from a house by a pest control company.

There are many species of rodents, but only three of them are commonly encountered as pests by exterminating companies in Alabama: the roof rat, the Norway rat, and the house mouse. Rodentologists and public health biologists refer to these three species as "commensal rodents," meaning that they "eat from the same table" as we do. In other words, they live in close proximity to us and eat the same food as we do. This chart can help you tell the three species apart.

Roof rats are slender, athletic, have exquisite balance, and are 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 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.

Squirrels and flying squirrels are also rodents, but are a bit higher on the rodent social scale and are considered "nuisance wildlife," not pests.

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.

In other words, rats and mice in a home aren't just a nuisance. They're a health threat. Keeping rats and mice out of your home, therefore, is an important part of protecting your family's health.

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.

In fact, rats and mice are among the most significant public health pests. They are directly involved in the transmission of many diseases, and indirectly involved in many more. Rats are also believed to have been the first animal specifically identified as a disease-bearing pest, with references associating rats with disease 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

Most mouse and rat exterminators use poison bats as their primary rodents control tools. They place the bait in burrow, in walls or ceilings, in crawl spaces, and in bait boxes along runways 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 a non-target animal.

Organic Rat and Mouse Control is Environmentally Friendly. Most rodenticides can cause secondary toxicity, which means that the poisoned rodent's carcass becomes poisonous. For example, if a hawk eats a poisoned rat, the hawk could be poisoned, as well.

No Risk of Dead Rodents Stinking Up Your Home. 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 inside a wall or ceiling and causing odors and insect problems.

More Economical in the Long Run. Non-chemical rodent control system seals rats and mice out of your home, so once it's done, it's done. You don't have to pay a rodent exterminator to show up every month to replace the poison.

Rid-A-Critter specializes in non-chemical rat and mouse extermination. We trap the rodents that are in your home, and then seal up your home to keep rats and mice from getting in. This is called "rodent exclusion" or "rodent-proofing," and it's a much better way of dealing with rodent problems than using 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.

  • A broken corner on a brick up near the roof created a triangular gap that allowed roof rats into a house in Leeds Alabama.
    Roof rat gap into a house in Leeds
  • Roof rat droppings in the fiber glass insulation in the unfinished attic of a house in Tuscaloosa Alabama.
    Evidence of roof rats in an attic in Tuscaloosa
  • A gap between the roof sheathing and the fascia at the corner of a roof will have to be covered with an animal guard as part of a Birmingham Alabama roof rat control job.
    Roof rat gap into an attic in Birmingham
  • Pile of rat droppings and urine on top of a heating duct in the unfinished attic of a house in Birmingham Alabama
    Rat droppings and urine in an attic in Birmingham
  • Roof rat burrows in the attic insulation of a house in Hoover Alabama. The insulation will be replaced as part of the rat removal job.
    Roof rat burrows in the attic insulation in Hoover
  • Norway rats gnawed and scratched at the vapor barrier and knocked insulation down from between the joists in the crawl space of a Hoover Alabama home.
    Rat damage to a vapor barrier in Hoover
  • Mice gnawed away a one inch by half inch section of screen behind the lattice of a metal foundation to get into the crawl space of a house in Anniston Alabama
    How mice got into a crawl space in Anniston
  • Greasy rub marks on the foundation under the bottom row of siding from where Norway rats were climbing up under the siding and into a house in Birmingham Alabama.
    Rat rub marks under the siding in Birmingham
  • Gap around air conditioning pipes where they pass through the brick wall allowed Norway rats to get into a brick house in Hoover Alabama.
    Rat gap through the bricks into a house in Hoover
  • Wires gnawed by mice with copper conductors showing where the insulation has been gnawed completely away
    Mice gnawed on the wiring in the attic
  • The insulation between the joists in the crawl space of a house in Birmingham Alabama has been pulled down by Norway rats that were living in the crawl space.
    Norway rat damage in a crawl space in Birmingham
  • A gap in the screen behind a foundation vent where the phone and cable companies punctured the screen to pass wires through allowed mice into a house in Birmingham Alabama.
    Man-made mouse hole into a house in Birmingham
  • Small pile of dry dog food that rats were hoarding in a crawl space
    Rats were stashing dog food in the crawl space
  • Rat hole in the cinder block wall at floor level in the ground floor vestibule of an apartment house in Birmingham Alabama.
    Rat hole into an apartment building in Birmingham
  • A Norway rat home in the top of a crawl space door in Irondale, Alabama
    Norway rat hole in crawl space door in Irondale
  • Roof rats gnawed on the top edge of the wooden roof fascia to slightly enlarge an existing gap of about an inch and make it easier to get into the attic of a house in Vestavia Hills, Alabama.
    Roof rat damage to the fascia in Vestavia Hills
  • A two inch gap between two sections of roof trim that probably has been there since the house was built allowed roof rats into the attic of a house in Leeds Alabama.
    Rat gap in the roof trim at a house in Leeds
  • Fist sized holes in the cinder block foundation under a wooden deck where pipes used to go through the wall allowed Norway rats into a house in Vestavia Hills, Alabama.
    Man-made rat holes into a Vestavia Hills home
  • Tiny gap between the brick foundation and the sill plate allowed mice to get into a house in Birmingham Alabama
    How mice got into this Birmingham home
  • Dome shaped gap at the bottom of a wooden crawl space door that will be replaced to keep mice out of a house in Hoover Alabama.
    Mouse gap in a crawl space door in Hoover
  • Rat smudge lines next to cable TV lines passing between the gap in a soffit panel
    Rat smudge marks by cable lines
  • Rats gnawed the edges of a shingle on the roof of a house in Tuscaloosa Alabama.
    Roof rat damage to shingles at Tuscaloosa home
  • A baseball-sized hole in a brick wall where some sort of pipe used to pass through allowed Norway arts into a house in Tuscaloosa Alabama.
    Man-made rat hole into a Tuscaloosa home
  • DIY attempt at mouse control in Alabama, Alabama with large gaps in sealing
    DIY mouse control in Alabaster, Alabama FAIL!

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

 

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The final quality-assurance inspection at a Norway rat removal job in Trussville, Alabama confirmed that all the rats have been trapped, removed, and sealed out of the crawl space. We're one of the few Alabama pest control companies that treats rodent problems without using any poisons at all.
by Webmaster
Feb 02, 2023 09:08:48 am.

Our rodent pest control service technicians are in a crawl space doing Norway rat control in Trussville, Alabama today. The rats got into the house through the gap around some pipes passing through a hole in the siding. The homeowner tried sealing the hole with insulating foam, but the rats just laughed as they gnawed right through it.
by Webmaster
Feb 02, 2023 09:04:58 am.

Someone removed the screen from over the gaps between the vertical bricks used to ventilate the crawl space, and that allowed Norway rats into a house in Vestavia Hills, Alabama. Our rat control crew will rodent-proof the house to eliminate the rat problem.
by Webmaster
Feb 01, 2023 09:55:43 am.

We have a rodent pest control crew doing Norway rat control in Birmingham, Alabama this chilly morning. They're screening the foundation vents and sealing gaps around pipes and wires where they pass through the brick walls of the house to rodent-proof the house and non-chemically eliminate the rat problem.
by Webmaster
Feb 01, 2023 09:52:53 am.

The gap around a round pipe where it passes through a square hole in the wooden siding allowed Norway rats into a house in Birmingham, Alabama. Our rat control team is rodent-proofing the house, and using trapping and removal to treat the infestation without using poisons.
by Webmaster
Jan 30, 2023 09:28:46 am.

Sloppy Roof Flashing and a Dangling Rain Gutter Created a Rodent Entry Gap at a Tuscaloosa, Alabama Roof Rat Control Job
by Webmaster
Jan 26, 2023 09:11:29 am.

Our Non-Chemical Rodent Pest Control Specialists have Found the Roof Rat Gap into the Attic of a House in Birmingham, Alabama
by Webmaster
Jan 25, 2023 09:22:35 am.

Lifting up the shingle revealed a gap underneath it that allowed roof rats into the attic of a house in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Our rat control crew is covering the edge of the roof with a metal animal shield that will keep rodent pests and nuisance wildlife out of the attic.
by Webmaster
Jan 24, 2023 10:01:28 am.

There was a half-inch gap between the frieze board and the brick wall that allowed mice to climb the wall and get into the attic of a house in Hoover, Alabama. Mice can climb much better than most people realize. Our rodent pest control crew is sealing the gap to mouse-proof the house.
by Webmaster
Jan 23, 2023 09:07:47 am.

This morning our rodent pest-exclusion specialists are screening a gable vent as part of a non-chemical roof rat control job in Hoover, Alabama.
by Webmaster
Jan 18, 2023 09:25:49 am.

The reason our rodent pest control crew is doing roof rat removal in Trussville, Alabama this morning is because a gap between the metal roof and the soffit at a roof junction point allowed rats into the attic.
by Webmaster
Jan 17, 2023 09:51:40 am.

As soon as the rain lets up, a pest control crew doing roof rat control at a Tuscaloosa, Alabama home will be replacing the plastic roof ridge vent with a steel Ridge Guard animal barrier that will keep rodent pests and nuisance animals out of the attic.
by Webmaster
Jan 17, 2023 09:49:05 am.

The flimsy screen behind the lattice of a metal foundation vent has started to detach itself on the right-hand side, which is allowing mice into a house in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Our mouse-control specialists are screening all the vents from the outside to rodent-proof the house and eradicate the mouse infestation without using poisons.
by Webmaster
Jan 17, 2023 09:38:23 am.

The space over the air-conditioning lines and conduit where they pass through a baseball-sized hole in the cinder block foundation allowed Norway rats into a Birmingham, Alabama home. The rat control specialists assigned to the job are sealing the gap to rodent-proof the foundation.
by Webmaster
Jan 17, 2023 09:21:39 am.

A gap of a little more than an inch between the bottom of the wooden garage door frame and the concrete driveway allowed Norway rats into a house in Hoover, Alabama. Rat control at this house will begin with sealing all the gaps to non-chemically rodent-proof the house so the rats can be trapped and removed without using poisons.
by Webmaster
Jan 16, 2023 09:28:41 am.

Happy Friday! Let's Start Off the Day with a Short Video of a Hoover, Alabama Norway Rat Control Job
by Webmaster
Jan 13, 2023 06:59:12 am.

An oblong hole through the wooden siding that's about twice as high as the pipes and wires passing through it is the reason our rodent-control crew is doing Norway rat control in Birmingham, Alabama today.
by Webmaster
Jan 11, 2023 10:27:35 am.

The gap around a PVC pipe passing through a hole in the brick wall allowed Norway rats into a house in Vestavia Hills, Alabama. A rodent-control crew from our Birmingham office is sealing the gap as part of a non-chemical rat-control and rodent-proofing job.
by Webmaster
Jan 11, 2023 09:53:49 am.

Tree rats gnawed a bowl-shaped hole through the stucco wall right under the soffit to get into a house in Birmingham, Alabama. Tree rats and roof rats are the same specie of rat and are controlled using the same methods. The only difference between the two is where they happen to be living.
by Webmaster
Jan 10, 2023 10:03:33 am.

A gap of about an inch and a half between the frieze board and the brick wall with vines running up the gap made it easy for tree rats to get into the attic of a house in Hoover, Alabama.
by Webmaster
Jan 10, 2023 09:59:55 am.

Roof rats enlarged a knot hole at the seam between two adjacent rows of wooden siding to get into a house in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Our rat control specialists will seal the hole to rodent-proof the house, as well as use traps to treat the existing rat infestation without using chemicals.
by Webmaster
Jan 10, 2023 09:50:38 am.

It's chilly this morning; but that's not stopping a crew doing roof rat control at a Birmingham, Alabama home from installing Ridge Guard on the roof ridge to keep rodent pests and nuisance wildlife out of the attic.
by Webmaster
Jan 10, 2023 09:14:40 am.

A one-inch gas pipe passed through a fist-sized hole in the brick foundation allowed Norway rats into the crawl space of a house in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Rat control is commencing, beginning with sealing all the holes to rodent-proof the house.
by Webmaster
Jan 09, 2023 09:02:32 am.

Started off in Rome ga, raccoons in the crawl space, then headed to Atlanta, ga, rats in the attic
by Chris Collender
Jan 05, 2023 11:48:37 am.

A hooded steel septic vent sticking up from the ground allowed Norway rats to get into the crawl space of a house in Leeds, Alabama. Our rat control crew is doing a smoke test to find and fix the hole in the venting system that's allowing the rats to get into the crawl space.
by Webmaster
Jan 05, 2023 11:10:00 am.

The mortar is falling out from between the top of a metal foundation vent and the brick wall; and the gap allowed Norway rats into the crawl space of a house in Birmingham, Alabama. Our rat-control crew is replacing all the foundation vents, which are rusty and ready to fall out of the wall anyway, to keep rats and other rodent pests out of the house.
by Webmaster
Jan 04, 2023 10:10:38 am.

Norway rats gnawed through the plastic lattice of a foundation vent cover as well as the flimsy screen behind it to get into the crawl space of a house in Birmingham, Alabama. Our non-chemical rat control experts are replacing the plastic vent covers with sturdy steel ones that will rodent-proof the house and allow us to eliminate the rat infestation without using poisons.
by Webmaster
Jan 03, 2023 09:32:13 am.

Water rot to the bottom row of the wooden clapboard siding right under the corner post created a hole about three inches high and across that made it easy for Norway rats to get into a house in Vestavia Hills, Alabama. Rat control at this house will require finding and repairing the source of the water leak, as well as replacing the rotten section of siding to rodent-proof the house.
by Webmaster
Jan 03, 2023 08:59:05 am.

Happy New years, back at it, started off in Conyers ga, squirrels, then headed to Stone Mountain ga, rats in the attic, now In Gainesville ga, bats in the house
by Chris Collender
Jan 02, 2023 11:16:26 am.

This Picture Illustrates Why We're in an Attic Doing Roof Rat Control in Vestavia Hills, Alabama
by Webmaster
Dec 30, 2022 04:39:42 am.

An uncapped, three-inch diameter pipe sticking through the foundation wall for no apparent reason allowed Norway rats into a house in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Rat control at this house will include removing the pipe and sealing the hole to rodent-proof the house.
by Webmaster
Dec 29, 2022 09:49:33 am.

This morning we're starting a Leeds, Alabama Norway rat control job. It will consist of using trapping and removal to non-chemically eradicate the rat population, and sealing the exterior of the house to make it rodent-proof.
by Webmaster
Dec 29, 2022 09:01:22 am.

The Birmingham, 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, Chelsea, Fairfield, Heflin, Homewood, Hoover, Hueytown, Irondale, Jasper, Leeds, Midfield, Moody, Mountain Brook, Oxford, Pell City, Trussville, Tuscaloosa, Valdosta, Vestavia, Warrior, and their surrounding areas. We are fully licensed and insured.

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