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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.

  • Cracks in the mortar under a window frame that allowed pest mice into a house in Trussville Alabama.
    Mouse gaps under a window frame in Trussville
  • Roof rat droppings and a nest made of leaves in the eave of the attic of a house in Birmingham Alabama
    Rat nest in the attic of a house in Birmingha
  • Rats gnawed through about an inch of the outer insulation of a piece of electrical wiring in the unfinished attic of a house in Vestavia Hills Alabama
    Rat damage to attic wiring in Vestavia Hills
  • The hole the gas company made to pass a pipe through the block foundation was way too big and allowed rats into a house in Birmingham Alabama.
    Rat gap around a gas pipe in Birmingham
  • A gap of about half in inch at the top edge of the foundation vent behind the siding that allowed mice into a house in Leeds Alabama.
    Mouse gap over a foundation vent in Leeds
  • Rats got into a house in Birmingham Alabama through a dryer hose that fell off the vent and is lying on the ground in the crawl space
    Dryer vent allowed rats into a Birmingham home
  • Plum sized hole through the water damaged soffit trim needs to be repaired to keep roof rats out of the attic of a house in Homewood Alabama.
    Rat hole through the soffit trim in Homewood
  • A half inch gap between the flange of a foundation vent and the brick wall allowed mice to get into a house in Oxford Alabama.
    Mouse gap around a foundation vent in Oxford
  • Mouse droppings and a bag of mouse poison in an attic in Leeds, Alabama
    Mouse droppings in at attic in Leeds, Alabama
  • Gap under the garage door and at the bottom of the door trim with some mouse droppings on the saddle at a house in Hoover Alabama.
    Entry gaps at a Hoover mouse control job
  • Gap between the soffit and the shingles at a junction point was big enough for roof rats to get through
    Roof rat entry into a Birmingham home
  • Norway rats nest in a vertical opening in a brick foundation used to ventilate the crawl space of a house in Birmingham Alabama.
    Rat gap into a crawl space in Birmingham
  • The corners of a flange of a roof vent on a house in Hoover Alabama are dog eared upward which allowed roof rats to get into the attic
    How rats got into the attic of a house in Hoover
  • 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
  • There is a half inch gap between the top of the plywood crawl space door and its frame that must be closed as part of a Tuscaloosa Alabama non chemical mouse control job.
    Mouse gap over a crawl space door in Tuscaloosa
  • A gap about two inches wide and deep in the concrete under a door frame that allowed Norway rats into a house in Leeds Alabama.
    Rat gap in the foundation of a house in Leeds
  • A handyman applied hardware cloth to a clothes dryer vent to keep rats out of a house in Tuscaloosa Alabama which is dangerous because it can trap lint in the duct and cause a fire.
    Dangerous handyman rat-proofing fail in Tuscaloosa
  • Missing mortar next to the shingles created a gap through which rats got into a house in Hoover Alabama
    How roof rats got into a house in Hoover
  • Gap over a pipe in the basement of a commercial building in Birmingham Alabama with rat gnaw marks in the bricks around the hole.
    Norway rat hole in a basement in Birmingham
  • Someone punched a hole through the foundation vent cover and ran a garden hose through it
    Guess how mice got into this house?
  • About four inches of weather seal have fallen off a garage door and must be replaced as part of a Trussville Alabama non chemical rat control job.
    Rat gap in a garage door seal in Trussville
  • Mice gnawed a dime sized hole through a corroded foundation vent screen to get into the crawl space of a house in Birmingham Alabama.
    Mice gnawed through a vent screen in Birmingham
  • Rat hole by a ceiling in a house in Moody, Alabama showing rat rub marks
    Moody, Alabama rat extermination job
  • Norway rat burrow in the soil and through a gap in the stone foundation of a house in Birmingham Alabama
    Norway rat burrow into a house in Birmingham

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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Rodent pest control technicians doing roof rat removal in Birmingham, Alabama are replacing a section of roof trim to animal-proof the house and keep rodent pests and nuisance wildlife out of the attic. We treat residential rat problems without using any poisons.
by Webmaster
Jun 22, 2022 10:01:23 am.

The screen behind the lattice of a foundation vent went completely missing, which explains why a non-chemical rodent-control crew from our Birmingham office is doing Norway rat control in Tuscaloosa, Alabama today. You can't permanently solve a rat problem without rodent-proofing the house.
by Webmaster
Jun 20, 2022 10:55:05 am.

Our Birmingham-Area Rodent Pest Control Technicians are Sealing a Half-Inch Entry Gap Through a Brick Wall at a Tuscaloosa, Alabama Mouse Control Job
by Webmaster
Jun 20, 2022 10:36:35 am.

Our Birmingham pest control specialists are doing non-chemical mouse control in Tuscaloosa, Alabama today. The biggest concentration of mice is in the garage, which is not unusual. But from there they got into the main house through a gap around a pipe that will have to be sealed to rodent-proof the house without using any poisons.
by Webmaster
Jun 13, 2022 08:53:42 am.

The last step of a Norway rat control job we're doing at a retail store in Birmingham, Alabama will be to replace the drop ceiling tiles. They're contaminated with droppings and urine from the rats that were running around on top of them.
by Webmaster
Jun 09, 2022 10:06:05 am.

Our Alabama pest control crew just installed a rodent-proof crawl space door at a Norway rat control job in Birmingham. Rotted and ill-fitting access doors have to be replaced in order to permanently eliminate a rat infestation without using poisons.
by Webmaster
Jun 07, 2022 09:12:47 am.

Our Rodent Pest Control Technicians are Closing Gaps in a Brick Wall that are the Reason Why We're Doing Norway Rat Control in Helena, Alabama Today
by Webmaster
Jun 07, 2022 09:04:24 am.

The droppings on top of the furnace were the first sign of roof rats that need to be removed from the attic of a Birmingham, Alabama home. We're sending a non-chemical pest-control crew to trap and remove the rats, and rodent-proof the house to prevent future infestations.
by Webmaster
Jun 06, 2022 09:50:42 am.

Our Alabama Rodent Pest Control Specialists are Sealing Up a Human-Assisted Norway Rat Hole into a House in Birmingham, Alabama
by Webmaster
Jun 01, 2022 09:54:39 am.

Water rot to the wooden garage door frame created a dome-shaped hole that Norway rats used to get into a house in Lawrenceville, Georgia. Our pest control technicians will address the water problem and repair the damage as part of the rat control and rodent-exclusion job.
by Webmaster
May 31, 2022 11:52:04 am.

A small gap in the shingles at a roof junction will have to be sealed as part of a Homewood, Alabama mouse control and non-chemical rodent-proofing job. We treat residential mouse and rat infestations without using any poisons.
by Webmaster
May 31, 2022 11:18:51 am.

Fingertip-sized burrows in the attic insulation were evidence that a house in Tuscaloosa, Alabama needs mouse control. Mice are good climbers and can travel through the wall voids to any part of a house.
by Webmaster
May 31, 2022 11:15:42 am.

Our Alabama rodent pest control experts are doing mouse control in Tuscaloosa today. The mouse problem all began with a gap around a garden hose pipe where it passes through a brick wall, which has been sealed as part of non-chemically rodent-proofing the house.
by Webmaster
May 27, 2022 11:01:48 am.

Pest control technicians doing non-chemical mouse control in Tuscaloosa, Alabama are screening all the foundation vents and sealing under all the door frame to eradicate the mouse infestation without using poisons. This is a safer and more-permanent way to achieve effective rodent control.
by Webmaster
May 26, 2022 10:54:29 am.

Pest Control Technicians from our Birmingham Office are Closing Up an Open-Door Policy for Rodents at a Homewood, Alabama Mouse Control Job
by Webmaster
May 26, 2022 09:35:08 am.

This afternoon we'll be starting a Vestavia Hills, Alabama Norway rat control job. The rats got into the house through a rectangular gap in the siding where a handful of pipes and wires pass through. We'll seal the gap to rodent-proof the house, and use non-chemical pest control methods to eradicate the existing rat infestation.
by Webmaster
May 25, 2022 10:24:41 am.

Mice gnawed the insulation off an air-conditioning refrigerant line passing through a brick wall to get into a house in Vestavia Hills, Alabama. A mouse-control team from our Birmingham office will repair the insulation and seal the gap to keep mice and other rodent pests out of the house.
by Webmaster
May 25, 2022 10:09:40 am.

A French drain that opens into the cement floor of the crawl space is the reason why our Birmingham rodent pest control technicians are doing Norway rat control at a Hoover, Alabama home today. The crawl space is absolutely full of rats. We're using traps to non-chemically eliminate the infestation, and exclusion to prevent future rodent problems.
by Webmaster
May 24, 2022 09:38:44 am.

Our Alabama Rodent Pest Control Crew is Getting Down and Dirty at a Tuscaloosa, Alabama Norway Rat Control Job
by Webmaster
May 23, 2022 10:38:32 am.

A roughly two-inch gap between the cinder blocks at an inside corner of the foundation will have to be sealed as part of a Homewood, Alabama Norway rat control job. You can't permanently eliminate an infestation of rats or other rodent pests until you seal them out of the house.
by Webmaster
May 20, 2022 09:43:55 am.

A vertical gap in a cinder block just slightly larger than the width of a pencil was all the opportunity that mice needed to get into a house in Birmingham, Alabama. You can help prevent mouse problems by going around your house with a pencil looking for gaps that the pencil will fit into.
by Webmaster
May 20, 2022 08:25:47 am.

One of our Alabama rodent pest control crews is doing Norway rat control in Hoover today. As is quite common, the rats got into the house through the gap around the air-conditioning pipes where they pass through a hole in the brick wall.
by Webmaster
May 19, 2022 09:49:26 am.

A fingertip-sized gap between the bottom of the foundation vent and the foundation itself allowed mice to easily get into a house in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Pest control technicians from our Birmingham office are trapping and removing the mice and sealing the gaps to achieve mouse control and rodent pest exclusion without using any poisons.
by Webmaster
May 18, 2022 10:45:09 am.

The insulation on the crawl space floor was the first clue that a house in Trussville, Alabama needs Norway rat control. The rats were running between the subflooring and the insulation between the floor joists, which caused the insulation to collapse under their weight. Our Birmingham crew will replace all the insulation as part of the rat control job.
by Webmaster
May 13, 2022 10:27:34 am.

Mice can climb a lot better than most people realize. Mice climbed up the outside of a wooden crawl space door and through a half inch gap at the top to get into a house in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Mouse pest control technicians from our Birmingham office are closing the gap as part of rodent-proofing the house.
by Webmaster
May 11, 2022 10:05:55 am.

Our Alabama rodent pest control technicians are building and installing a tight-fitting crawl space door as part of a Birmingham mouse-control job. We treat mice non-chemically, so eliminating every possible gap that a mouse could use to get into the house is a vital part of the job.
by Webmaster
May 11, 2022 09:55:07 am.

The gap around a PVC evaporate line where it passes through a cinder block in the foundation is why our non-chemical rodent pest control crew is doing mouse control in Leeds, Alabama today. Permanently eliminating a mouse problem requires rodent exclusion, which means sealing all the gaps to keep mice out of the house.
by Webmaster
May 11, 2022 09:28:02 am.

Greasy rub marks on the foundation under the bottom row of siding were a clue that Norway rats were climbing up under the siding and into a house in Birmingham, Alabama. Our rodent pest control crew will seal that gap to exclude rats and mice from the house once they're sure that the existing rats have all been trapped and removed.
by Webmaster
May 10, 2022 10:23:05 am.

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by Jason Arruda
May 09, 2022 02:31:20 pm.

A brick above a lattice type foundation vent was pushed inward and created a gap that allowed mice into a house in Leeds, Alabama. The screen is also missing, however; so even if the brick were intact, the mice still would have gotten in. Our rodent pest control crew will fix both problems as part of the non-chemical mouse control job.
by Webmaster
May 09, 2022 10:14:15 am.

A mysterious rectangular gap about two inches wide by an inch high between the garage door frame and the pavement allowed Norway rats into a house in Birmingham. Our rat pest control team is sealing the gap and setting traps to non-chemically treat the rat infestation.
by Webmaster
May 05, 2022 09:44:50 am.

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by Chris Collender
May 05, 2022 08:49:43 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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