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How to Get Rid of Rats Permanently

Infrared photo of a rat walking upside-down on a joist

We use high-tech stealth technology to locate and eliminate rat problems

Okay, we admit it: At Rid-A-Critter, we're obsessed with rat control. We make a science out of it. Really, we do.

Most rat exterminators kill rats by setting out rat poison, but they skip the more important, non-chemical part of rat control: making your home rat proof. The result: New rats move in almost as quickly as the old rats are killed, and you develop a lifetime relationship with your exterminator. He shows up every month to set out more poison, and you pay him every month to do it. Forever.

That's not how we work.

Rid-A-Critter is the largest and most well-established animal control company in the region, and we got that way by doing things a bit differently. Unlike most rat exterminators, we emphasize non-toxic rat control, as consistent with our Integrated Pest Management philosophy. We emphasize rat trapping, habitat modification, and rodent exclusion ("rat-proofing") to keep rodents out of your home or business, so "new" rats don't move in to replace the rats we catch and remove.

In fact, we complete most rat control jobs without using any poisons at all. Non-toxic rat control means reduced risk to humans, livestock, and pets, as well as less risk of rats dying inside your house and stinking it up.

We also utilize high-tech methods, such as a motion-activated, infrared camera, to determine how many rats there are and how they're getting into your home, as shown in the video on the top right. Using the "Rat Cam" allows us to be absolutely certain that we've found and repaired every hole, just to be sure that we've sealed the rats out of your house. (Click here and here for more Rat Cam videos.)

Finally, we also clean up and sanitize after the rats, removing their droppings and applying disinfectants or insecticides as needed to kill parasites and germs that the rats left behind. Optionally, we can also replace the contaminated insulation.

More Cutting-Edge Rat Control Technology

Thermal Imaging Picture of a Rats' Nest

We also use thermal imaging to help quickly locate hard-to-find rats' nests, so we can get to the root of the problem and solve it quickly -- and permanently. The pictures on the right illustrate how this works.

The top picture was taken with the sheet rock still on the studs. The bright spot that's circled was the rats' nest. the bottom picture shows what it looked like once we opened it up and found the nest -- exactly where the thermal camera said it would be.

Of course, not every rat extermination job requires such high-tech equipment. But it's good to know we have it for when those tough jobs come along.

Advantages of Non-Toxic Rat Control

In addition to being "green" and environmentally-friendly, non-chemical rat control has many practical benefits:

Non-toxic rat exclusion and trapping avoid all of these problems and provide the most effective, long-term rat control. Trapped rats don't wander off to die inside walls and structural voids and stink up your house. Instead, they are promptly removed from your home before they start to decompose and stink.

Integrated Pest Management and Rat Control

There are some rat control situations in which the selective and judicious use of rodenticides (rat poisons) makes sense. But even in these situations, finding rat travel routes and using non-chemical control should be the primary rat control method. Rodenticides used only when absolutely needed.

Some situations in which rodenticide use is justified include:

Rat Control Gallery

Here are some pictures of rat control jobs we've done in Georgia and South Carolina.

Rid-A-Critter has locally-based rat control specialists living and working throughout our tri-state service area. We have the tools and personnel to handle any rat control or mouse control job, so please call us today for a no-obligation consultation.


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Don't let attic animal critter problems ruin your holidays. Call the best animal removal and prevention company around... Ridacritter. We will provide a free inspection and quote for animal removal and exclusion. Don't delay call today.
by Richard Adcock
Nov 25, 2015 08:43:45 am.

Requoted a house in Atlanta, repairs got removes cause they got a new roof, down to Newnan for squirrels, then up to Suwannee for flyers and finished up back in Atlanta, squirrels again. Good day
by Chris Collender
Nov 24, 2015 08:33:27 am.

Rats seemed to have taken over all the way from Birmingham, Al, to Augusta, Ga. They are everywhere!
by Amber A.
Nov 23, 2015 02:59:25 pm.

Happy Thanksgiving week to everyone. We often get an influx of nuisance animal calls during the holidays. The reason for the influx seems to be guest in town staying in bedrooms not often used and those guests hearing critters in the attic.
by Richard Adcock
Nov 23, 2015 08:38:16 am.

New Google+ Post: Strong, Tight-Fitting Crawl Space Doors Seal Out Critters
by Webmaster
Nov 23, 2015 07:55:43 am.

New Google+ Post: Animal-Proofing a House with a Divided Foundation
by Webmaster
Nov 20, 2015 10:09:27 am.

Going to give thanks to our pest control friends in Columbus Ga, Manchester Ga and Sharpsburg Ga for referring us for their wildlife needs for their customers.
by Jason Arruda
Nov 20, 2015 09:21:17 am.

Out in Hogansville today sealing a home who has rats in the attic driving them nuts.
by Nick M.
Nov 20, 2015 09:15:46 am.

Lots of driving, went to snellville for bats, then off to Cummings for rats, Roswell for squirrels and rats(has had issues for ever), Duluth for squirrels, then to canton for rats again. Good times
by Chris Collender
Nov 19, 2015 11:43:16 am.

We have seen a little of everything today! Must be that nasty weather! Squirrels, rats, bats from Atlanta to Birmingham!
by Amber A.
Nov 18, 2015 03:14:22 pm.

New Google+ Post: Shoddy Animal-Proofing in Alpharetta, Georgia
by Webmaster
Nov 17, 2015 05:25:23 pm.

Headed to Athens today for a couple of meetings today. To ALL of you that refer Rid-A-Citter I want to say, Thank You!!!
by Jason Arruda
Nov 17, 2015 09:47:21 am.

Rodent removal and prevention is one of our specialties! If you want it done right the first time call Ridacritter. We offer free inspections and quotes for rat mice removal control and exclusion.
by Richard Adcock
Nov 17, 2015 09:27:22 am.

Crazy day yesterday, stone mountain to quote a insulation where customer wants to get rid of his old rat dropping filled insulation, then to Winston to quote a rental property with flying squirrels, and last stop of the day, Atlanta, Rats.
by Chris Collender
Nov 17, 2015 09:04:45 am.

#Rat removal here in Alpharetta ga #Rats
by Carl F.
Nov 17, 2015 09:01:31 am.

Barely in the office 10 minutes and we already have a family of squirrels taking over a house in Roswell!
by Amber A.
Nov 17, 2015 08:45:08 am.

New Google+ Post: Evidence of Rats in an Attic in Alpharetta
by Webmaster
Nov 16, 2015 04:54:49 pm.

Beautiful day in the south! Finally the rain is gone and the sun is out.
by Richard Adcock
Nov 13, 2015 09:37:52 am.

Got a family of raccoons keeping a family in Alpharetta up at night! Off we go to investigate & solve the problem!
by Amber A.
Nov 13, 2015 08:20:11 am.

New Google+ Post: How NOT to Seal Rats and Other Animals Out of a House
by Webmaster
Nov 12, 2015 02:07:40 pm.

This morning I was in powder springs for squirrels, then to Rome for bats in the attic, now headed to Dalton,
by Chris Collender
Nov 12, 2015 10:49:09 am.

Animals are all over today. Got some bats in Macon & mice taking over Lawrenceville!
by Amber A.
Nov 11, 2015 12:55:20 pm.

Do you need to know how to get rid of rats? Call Ridacritter! We specialize in removal of rats and preventing them getting back in. Servicing the metro areas of: Macon, Atlanta, Athens, Columbus, Augusta & Birmingham
by Richard Adcock
Nov 10, 2015 12:46:32 pm.

Looks like Smyrna has some residents with rat issues. Nothing we can't handle!
by Amber A.
Nov 10, 2015 09:52:38 am.

Rid-A-Critter provides non-chemical rat extermination in:

Georgia: All of North Georgia, including Athens, Atlanta, Alpharetta, Augusta, Carrollton, Columbus, Cummings, Dacula, Doraville, Duluth, Dunwoody, Flowery Branch, Gainesville, Kennesaw, Jasper, Lawrenceville, Loganville, Macon, Milton, Roswell, Suwanee, Villa Rica, Winston, and everywhere in between.

South Carolina: Please here for service in Aiken SC, Evans, Martinez, North Augusta, and the surrounding areas.

Alabama: Click here for our Alabama office.

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