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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

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.

  • Shredded paper and rat droppings on the plywood floor of the unfinished attic of a house in Homewood Alabama.
    Evidence of roof rats in an attic 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
  • Homeowner attempt at do-it-yourself rat control using a license plate
    Do-it-yourself rat control didn't quite work out
  • Gap around air conditioning pipes where they pass through the brick foundation must be sealed as part of a non chemical rat control job in Tuscaloosa Alabama.
    Rat gap in the foundation of a house in Tuscaloosa
  • 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
  • An opening the size of a half dollar coin in the attic insulation is the entrance to a roof rat burrow in the attic of a Tuscaloosa Alabama home.
    Roof rat burrow in the insulation in Tuscaloosa
  • Roof rat nest made of insulation inside a cardboard box in between the joists in the unfinished attic of a house in Vestavia Hills Alabama.
    Rat nest in the attic of a house in Vestavia Hills
  • Norway rats used a ventilation hole in a sideways cinder block in the foundation to get into the crawl space of a house in Trussville Alabama.
    How rats got into this crawl space in Trussville
  • Rectangular hole about four by six inches where pipes and wires passed through allowed rats into a house in Hoover Alabama
    How rats got into a house in Hoover
  • Rats got into a house in Birmingham Alabama through a hole in the wall where someone passed pipes and wires through
    How rats got into a house in Birmingham
  • A gap about the size of a fingertip between the poured concrete foundation and the sill plate allowed mice into a house in Trussville Alabama.
    Mouse gap under the sill plate in Trussville
  • A small pipe passing through a big hole in the siding resulted in a Norway rat infestation at a house in Hoover Alabama.
    Rat gap through the siding at a Hoover home
  • A fingertip sized gap between the vinyl siding and the bricks at the corner of the house allowed mice to get into a house in Leeds Alabama.
    Mouse gap behind the siding in Leeds
  • Quarter inch gap around a foundation vent that allowed mice into a house in Hoover Alabama
    Mouse entry gap into a house in Hoover
  • Rat damage to insulation and vapor barrier in an attic in Bessemer, Alabama
    Roof rat damage in an attic in Bessemer
  • Small gap in the mortar of the stone chimney where the siding and soffit meet it will have to be sealed as part of a Trussville Alabama mouse control and exclusion job.
    Entry gap at a Trussville mouse removal job
  • Mice used the space around an electrical ground wire to get into a house
    Mouse hole around an electrical ground
  • A wire was run under the overhang and into the crawl space through a gap on top of the access door that also allowed mice into a Tuscaloosa Alabama home.
    Mouse gap into a crawl space in Tuscaloosa
  • A piece of a brick is missing from the exterior wall of a house in Birmingham and rats used it to get into the house
    How rats got into this house in Birmingham
  • The screens are rotting and falling off of the foundation vent covers and will have to be replaced as part of a Trussville Alabama mouse control job.
    Mouse gaps through the vent covers in Trussville
  • Almost all the mortar is missing from the brick chimney of a house in Leeds Alabama which created gaps between the bricks that allowed roof rats into the attic.
    Rat gaps in the chimney of a house in Leeds
  • Rat damage to a sewer pipe found at a Birmingham rat extermination job
    Rat damage to a sewer pipe in Birmingham
  • 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
  • Dirty rat burrows through the attic insulation in a house in Birmingham Alabama
    Rat burrows in an attic 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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by Chris Collender
Jan 18, 2022 04:41:40 pm.

A three-inch square gap around a one-inch diameter pipe passing through the wooden siding allowed Norway rats into a house in Leeds, Alabama. Pest control technicians from our Birmingham office will seal the gap as part of a comprehensive non-chemical rat control and rodent-exclusion job.
by Webmaster
Jan 18, 2022 10:28:13 am.

A non-chemical pest control crew working a Tuscaloosa, Alabama rat control job found Norway rat damage to the siding where the rats gnawed through it to get into the house. They'll replace the section of siding as part of the damage-repair and rodent-proofing stage of the job.
by Webmaster
Jan 17, 2022 07:57:04 am.

Will be a cold and windy day today. Guys will be out working hard to seal homes, preventing all kinds of pest animals from getting in. Animals like rats, mice, squirrels, raccoons and opossums want out of the cold too. Pest animals beware.
by Richard Adcock
Jan 17, 2022 06:39:14 am.

Roof rats gnawed a hole through the edge of a plywood soffit panel to get into the attic of a house in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. A rat pest control crew from our Birmingham office will repair the damage, rodent-proof the house, and use non-toxic trapping methods to treat the rat infestation without using poisons.
by Webmaster
Jan 14, 2022 10:11:28 am.

Today a rodent pest control crew from our Alabama office are replacing all the foundation vents as part of a non-chemical Norway rat control and rodent-exclusion job in Birmingham. The rats chewed through the existing vents; so solving the rat problem without using chemicals requires that we replace them with sturdy ones that pest rodents can't gnaw through.
by Webmaster
Jan 14, 2022 09:58:11 am.

Non-Chemical Pest Control Technicians from our Birmingham Office are Correcting a Handyman's Epic Fail at a Leeds, Alabama Norway Rat Control Job
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Jan 14, 2022 09:52:48 am.

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Jan 14, 2022 07:43:04 am.

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 pest control technicians from our Birmingham office are sealing the gap as part of a comprehensive, non-chemical rat-control and rodent-exclusion job.
by Webmaster
Jan 13, 2022 11:13:52 am.

Currently in Monroe ga, squirrel job, headed to Atlanta now for rats in the crawl space
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Jan 13, 2022 10:01:40 am.

Technicians from our Birmingham office will have to replace the garage door trim and weather seal as part of a Tuscaloosa, Alabama rat control job. Norway rats gnawed right through the rubber seal and the vinyl trim to get into the house, and we need to seal them out.
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Jan 12, 2022 10:31:53 am.

Rat droppings and acorn shells on the vapor barrier were proof positive of a Norway rat infestation in the crawl space of a house in Birmingham, Alabama. A rat control crew is setting traps to treat the rat problem without using poisons, and rodent-proofing the house to prevent future infestations of pest rats and mice.
by Webmaster
Jan 11, 2022 10:49:57 am.

Burrows meandering through the attic insulation turned out to be the work of roof rats in the attic of a house in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Our rat pest control technicians are on the scene rodent-proofing the house to keep mice, rats, and nuisance animals out; and using traps to quickly, safely, and non-chemically eliminate the existing rat infestation.
by Webmaster
Jan 11, 2022 10:31:28 am.

Pest Control Technicians from our Birmingham Office Tracked Down the Entry Gaps by Following the Rodent Rub Marks at a Hoover, Alabama rat Control Job
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Jan 10, 2022 10:01:01 am.

Quoted a house in flowery branch with rats, then Gainesville for flyers now off to Cummings for squirrels
by Chris Collender
Jan 10, 2022 09:29:58 am.

Tomorrow one of our technicians will be replacing some rat-damaged shingles as the crowning touch to a Tuscaloosa, Alabama roof rat control job. The rats are gone, and the house has been made rodent-proof to keep pests rats and mice out. But we had to order the shingles so they would match the rest of the roof.
by Webmaster
Jan 09, 2022 04:26:16 pm.

Our Birmingham-area pest control technicians will be installing an animal guard to cover a gap in the edge of the roof at a Hoover, Alabama roof rat control job. In addition to keeping pest rodents out of the house, the shield will prevent other nuisance wildlife from getting into the attic.
by Webmaster
Jan 09, 2022 03:50:10 pm.

A one-inch pipe passing through a three-inch hole in the siding left two inches for Norway rats to get into a house in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. A rat-control team from our Birmingham office is setting traps to treat the rat problem without using poisons, and rodent-proofing the house to prevent future rodent pest infestations.
by Webmaster
Jan 05, 2022 11:19:31 am.

Baby it’s cold outside, lilburn, lawrenceville, and McDonough, all 3 calls where squirrels chewing threw the ceiling into the house
by Chris Collender
Jan 04, 2022 12:01:10 pm.

A shredded-up cardboard box was the first sign a homeowner noticed of a roof rat infestation in the attic of a house in Birmingham, Alabama. Our rat pest control crew is rodent-proofing the house to keep rats, mice, and wildlife out of the attic; and using traps to eliminate the existing rat infestation without using poisons.
by Webmaster
Jan 04, 2022 11:10:32 am.

One of our Birmingham-area pest control and damage-repair crews is replacing a section of siding due to Norway rat damage at a house in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Our rat-control approach includes repairing damage that the rats did, as well as rodent-proofing the house to prevent future infestations.
by Webmaster
Jan 04, 2022 10:58:40 am.

Our Birmingham area rodent pest control crew is doing roof rat control in Tuscaloosa, Alabama today. Roof rats behave very much like squirrels do, but are smaller and can get in through smaller openings. So sealing roof rats out of a house will also keep squirrels and other nuisance wildlife out of the attic.
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Jan 03, 2022 09:50:35 am.

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Jan 03, 2022 06:52:37 am.

Wildlife and pest damage repair experts from our Birmingham office are replacing a crawl space door and its frame because Norway rats gnawed through it to get into a house in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Rat control must begin with rodent exclusion to be permanently effective.
by Webmaster
Dec 30, 2021 09:55:05 am.

Non-chemical Rodent Pest Control Technicians from our Birmingham Office are Using Funnel Trapping at a Trussville, Alabama Norway Rat Control Job
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Dec 29, 2021 09:32:55 am.

We have new pest animal removal jobs in Birmingham, Lawrenceville, Hoover, Alpharetta, Marietta, Stonecrest and Smyrna to name a few. Crews will be providing free quotes for removal & prevention of critters in homes and attics.
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Dec 28, 2021 08:47:39 am.

A pest control technician from our Birmingham office is adjusting a garage door as part of a Trussville, Alabama rat control job. When garage doors come out of adjustment and don't close fully, it's only a matter of time before rodents use the gap to get into a house.
by Webmaster
Dec 28, 2021 08:39:16 am.

A gap in the concrete under a door frame is allowing Norway rats into a house in Leeds, Alabama. A rat pest control crew working out of our Birmingham office is on their way to close up the gap to make the house rodent-proof. The rats already in the house will be trapped and removed without any poisons being used.
by Webmaster
Dec 28, 2021 08:33:30 am.

Busy day after the Holidays, in Austell for snakes in the basement, then to Duluth and Stonecrest for squirrels, now on my way to Alpharetta for another quote
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Dec 27, 2021 01:06:28 pm.

Our Birmingham wildlife and pest control technicians are applying an animal shield to the edge of the roof to achieve roof rat control at a Tuscaloosa, Alabama home. Roof rats have similar habits as squirrels, so the rat-proofing will also help keep squirrels and other nuisance animals out of the attic.
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Dec 27, 2021 10:44:35 am.

You don't have to share your home with pest animals like mice, rats, squirrels, raccoons, opossum or bats. Call Ridacritter for a free quote on pest animal removal and prevention. Over 20 years Ridacritter has been assisting home owners.
by Richard Adcock
Dec 23, 2021 10:43:26 am.

In Valdosta taking care of customers with rats and another with squirrels in the attic. Scratching noises prompted them to call us.
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Dec 22, 2021 12:37:31 pm.

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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