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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.

  • Norway rats burrowed through a gravel driveway and under the garage door to get into a house in Tuscaloosa Alabama.
    Rats burrowed under a garage door in Tuscaloosa
  • Water rot in the wooden siding created a hole about the size of a tennis ball that allowed rats into a house in Hoover Alabama.
    Rat hole through water-damaged siding in Hoover
  • Rat tooth marks on the edges of a pair of wooden louver doors where the doors meet each other in a house in Leeds Alabama.
    Rat damage to louver doors in Leeds
  • 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
  • A rat in a box trap after being removed from an attic in Vestavia, Alabama
    Rat trapped and removed from attic in Vestavia
  • Dog eared lowed corner of a crawl space door where a pipe passes through allowed rats into the crawl space of a house in Leeds Alabama.
    Man made rat gap into a crawl space in Leeds
  • Gap behind the flange and around the duct of a metal clothes dryer vent allowed mice into a brick house in Birmingham Alabama.
    Mouse gap around a dryer vent in Birmingham
  • The gap around a bunch of pipes passing through a brick sized rectangular hole knocked out of a brick wall allowed Norway rats into a house in Helena Alabama.
    Man-made rat hole into a house in Helena
  • Remnants of a cardboard box that was shredded to smithereens by roof rats in the attic of a house in Birmingham Alabama.
    Rats shredded a cardboard box in Birmingham
  • Lifted shingle reveals a gap at the top of the siding that needs to be closed up and re flashed to keep mice out of the attic of a Birmingham Alabama home.
    Mouse gap into the attic of a Birmingham home
  • The screen behind a metal foundation vent is corroded and the bottom of the screen is pretty much gone which allowed mice into a house in Vestavia Hills Alabama.
    Why this Vestavia Hills home needs mouse control
  • The metal clothes dryer vent is sticking out half an inch from the brick wall and must be replaced as part of a Vestavia Hills Alabama mouse control job.
    Mouse gap around a dryer vent in Vestavia Hiils
  • Roof rats gnawed a hole about the size of a golf ball through the edge of a plywood soffit panel to get into the attic of a house in Tuscaloosa Alabama.
    Roof rat hole through a soffit panel in Tuscaloosa
  • A few rat droppings and some rat urine on top of a water heater in a house in Vestavia Hills Alabama
    Rat droppings on a water heater in Vestavia Hills
  • Gap around pipes and wires where they pass through a fist sized hole in the siding needs to be sealed as part of a Vestavia Hills Alabama Norway rat control and exclusion job.
    Man-made rat hole into a house in Vestavia Hills
  • A dome shaped hole in the foundation over where a large pipe is buried and passes into the house allowed Norway rats into the crawl space of a house in Tuscaloosa Alabama.
    Norway rat house into a house in Tuscaloosa
  • Greasy rat rub marks on a pipe in an attic at a rat control job
    Rat rub marks found at an attic rat control job
  • Roof rats gnawed a hole through a flexible heating duct in an attic
    Roof rat damage to a heating duct
  • Mouse burrows through poly foam insulation in an attic at a Birmingham mouse control job
    Mouse burrows through foam insulation in an attic
  • Norway rats chewed away about two inches of the garage door weather seal and the adjacent trim over the door track to get into a house in Tuscaloosa Alabama.
    Rats chewed their way into a garage in Tuscaloosa
  • A live roof rat in a cage type trap on the bed of a pickup truck after being caught and removed from the attic of a house in Helena Alabama.
    Rat removed from a house in Helena
  • Someone sawed an old PVC vent pipe out of the way but didn't cap the end which allowed Norway rats into the crawl space of a house in Tuscaloosa Alabama.
    Rat gap into a crawl space in Tuscaloosa
  • Ground level rat hole by the crawl space door of an exterior brick wall of a house in Birmingham Alabama
    Norway rat hole in a house in Birmingham
  • 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

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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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.

A patch of rat urine on the ceiling tiles was proof positive of a Norway rat infestation in the void between the basement ceiling and the first floor of a house in Birmingham, Alabama. Our rat-control and rodent-proofing crew will replace the damaged ceiling tiles once the rat infestation is eradicated.
by Webmaster
Sep 22, 2022 10:44:45 am.

A crew of non-chemical pest control specialists from our Birmingham branch are in a crawl space doing Norway rat control in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. They're setting traps to non-chemically catch and remove the rats, and rodent-proofing the perimeter of the house to prevent future mouse or rat infestations.
by Webmaster
Sep 22, 2022 10:22:46 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.

A handyman used dollar-store insulating foam around a pipe where it passes through a cinder block foundation wall in an attempt at non-chemical mouse control at a house in Birmingham, Alabama. The mice, however, gnawed right through the foam to get into the house. Our rodent pest control crew is on the scene properly mouse-proofing the house.
by Webmaster
Sep 20, 2022 08:28:34 am.

A piece of mortar that fell out of the brick wall had the sliding foundation vent cover stuck open about half an inch, which allowed mice into a house in Trussville, Alabama. Rodent pest control specialists from our Birmingham office are non-chemically eradicating the mouse infestation using trapping and removal, without any poisons.
by Webmaster
Sep 20, 2022 08:05:00 am.

The reason our rodent pest control crew is doing mouse control in Tuscaloosa, Alabama today is because the screens behind the foundation vents of the house are rotted away, which allowed the mice to simply walk through the vent openings and into the crawl space. We're screening all the vents to mouse-proof the house.
by Webmaster
Sep 20, 2022 07:50:39 am.

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.

Non-chemical pest control specialists from our Birmingham office have trapped and removed the last of the rats at an Helena, Alabama roof rat control job. We've also sealed the roof to make it animal-proof to prevent future rodent infestations or invasions of nuisance wildlife.
by Webmaster
Sep 19, 2022 08:30:58 am.

Looking up from under where the house overhangs the foundation revealed a gap of about an inch and a half behind the sheathing that allowed Norway rats into a house in Birmingham, Alabama. The gap, which extends around the whole house, will have to be closed to make the house rodent-proof. We'll use trapping and removal to eradicate the existing rat infestation.
by Webmaster
Sep 19, 2022 08:28:17 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.

Our Non-Chemical Rodent Pest Control Experts are Correcting a Handyman's Rat-Proofing Attempt at a House in Birmingham, Alabama
by Webmaster
Sep 14, 2022 09:49:26 am.

This morning our rodent pest control crew is doing mouse control in Birmingham. A fingertip-sized gap between the roof trim and the shingles on an overhang allowed mice to get into the attic. Mice can climb much better than most people realize.
by Webmaster
Sep 14, 2022 09:12:25 am.

We have a crew of rodent pest control specialists doing mouse control in Birmingham today. We treat residential mouse problems entirely without using chemicals, relying instead on trapping, removal, and mouse-proofing. It's a safer and more permanent way to eliminate a mouse problem.
by Webmaster
Sep 13, 2022 10:22:12 am.

A pest control crew from our Birmingham office is doing roof rat control in Hoover, Alabama today. The rats gnawed their way in through the wooden gable vent to get into the attic.
by Webmaster
Sep 12, 2022 09:39:36 am.

The gap around insulated air-conditioning pipes where they pass through a hole in the brick wall is why we're doing mouse control at a house in Birmingham today. Mice can squeeze through gaps smaller than your fingertip, making non-chemical mouse exclusion detailed and painstaking work.
by Webmaster
Sep 07, 2022 08:49:19 am.

A gap around a PVC condensate drain pipe sticking out of a baseball-sized hole in the wooden siding about ten inches off the ground allowed Norway rats into a house in Birmingham, Alabama. A non-chemical rodent control crew is using trapping and removal to get rid of the rats, and sealing around the entire house to make it rodent-proof.
by Webmaster
Sep 06, 2022 09:44:59 am.

Today we're finishing up a rat-proofing job at a house in Leeds, Alabama. The rats were burrowing from outside the house into the crawl space, and from there were getting into other parts of the house. We non-chemically treated the rat infestation and rodent-proofed the house. All that's left is to replace the insulation between the joists over the crawl space.
by Webmaster
Sep 02, 2022 08:12:12 am.

A ground-level gap under the bricks that you could just barely fit your fingertips into allowed mice into a house in Leeds, Alabama. A mouse pest control crew from our Birmingham office is on-site setting traps to non-chemically eliminate the mouse problem, and sealing all the gaps around the house to make it rodent-proof.
by Webmaster
Sep 02, 2022 08:08:47 am.

Norway rats burrowed down to a gap in the foundation wall to get into the crawl space of a house in Hoover, Alabama. This is pretty common. Norway rats are burrowing animals by nature, but they're also kind of lazy. They'll use an existing entry gap if they can find one; but if not, they start digging. Our rodent pest control crew is in the crawl space treating the problem.
by Webmaster
Sep 01, 2022 10:02:31 am.

Norway rats gnawed holes through the base of a hollow wooden column to get into a house in Birmingham. Our rat pest control technicians will repair the damage once the rats have been non-chemically trapped and removed from the house.
by Webmaster
Aug 31, 2022 10:06:37 am.

A haphazardly cut hole through the siding where various pipes and wires were passed through also allowed Norway rats into a house in Birmingham, Alabama. Our rat-control specialists are trapping and removing the rats to eliminate the infestation without using poisons, and rodent-proofing the house to prevent future problems.
by Webmaster
Aug 31, 2022 09:35:07 am.

Here's a Selfie of Jason M. Doing a Norway Rat Control Job in Hoover, Alabama
by Webmaster
Aug 30, 2022 10:17:25 am.

Norway rats gnawed through the sill plate to get into a house in Hoover, Alabama. They started with a hole that someone drilled to pass a wire through. Rat can't gnaw on something unless they can wrap their jaws around it, and the hole gave them the edge they needed. We have a rodent pest control crew on the way to non-chemically treat the rat infestation.
by Webmaster
Aug 30, 2022 08:57:40 am.

A thumb-sized rectangular gap in the upper right-hand corner of a wooden crawl space door allowed mice to climb up the door and into the crawl space of a house in Leeds, Alabama. We're building a new crawl space door that will keep mice and other rodent pests out of the house, and using traps to non-chemically eliminate the existing mouse infestation.
by Webmaster
Aug 29, 2022 09:26:38 am.

A pile of mouse droppings near the attic access door alerted the homeowner that she had a mouse problem in the attic of her Birmingham, Alabama home. We have a rodent pest control team on their way to eradicate the mice and rodent-proof the house, all without using any poisons.
by Webmaster
Aug 29, 2022 09:15:01 am.

A one-inch diameter pipe passing through an approximately three-inch oblong hole in the cinder block foundation and into the crawl space is why we're doing Norway rat control in Vestavia Hills, Alabama today. Norway rats are burrowing animals by nature, so if they have to dig down to a buried pipe to get into a house, then that's what they'll do.
by Webmaster
Aug 26, 2022 07:07:19 am.

A two-inch square hole through the wooden siding where a pipe and a wire were passed through into the house allowed rats into a house in Trussville, Alabama. Non-chemical rat control at this house will consist of trapping and removing the rats without using poisons, and sealing up all the potential entry points to rodent-proof the house.
by Webmaster
Aug 26, 2022 07:02:18 am.

A cinder block turned sideways so the lightening holes face outward and can ventilate the crawl space allowed rats into a house in Birmingham, Alabama. Our rodent pest exclusion specialists are installing tough metal screens over the vent holes to keep rats and other rodent pests out of the house.
by Webmaster
Aug 25, 2022 10:56:29 am.

A rodent pest control crew doing mouse control in Birmingham, Alabama is setting traps and sealing numerous gaps in the block foundation to non-chemically eradicate the mouse infestation and rodent-proof the house.
by Webmaster
Aug 25, 2022 09:55:02 am.

The gap around a pipe where it passes through the siding of a house in Birmingham, Alabama allowed mice to get into the house. We're treating the mouse problem without using poisons, which will include sealing all the potential entry points to make the house rodent-proof.
by Webmaster
Aug 24, 2022 09:46:02 am.

Rodent pest control specialists doing a Norway rat control job in Hoover, Alabama will have to seal multiple gaps in the foundation to non-chemically eradicate the rat infestation and rodent-proof the house. The good news is that non-chemical rodent control is the most permanent solution to mouse and rat problems.
by Webmaster
Aug 24, 2022 09:09:40 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, Valdosta, Vestavia, Warrior, and their surrounding areas. We are fully licensed and insured.

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