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.
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.
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.
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:
Here are some pictures of rat control jobs we've done in Georgia and South Carolina.
Roof rat extermination in Buckwood, Georgia
Non-Chemical Rat Control in Roswell, Georgia
Roof rat extermination in Acworth, Georgia
Alpharetta roof rat control job
Young rat found at an Alpharetta rat control job
Rat damage to a home in Birmingham, Alabama
Hole found at Bogart rat extermination job
Rat rub marks on a porch in Buford
Rat burrow under the foundation of a house
Rat damage to the upholstery of a classic car
Carrolton, Georgia rat control job
Big rat trapped during Carrolton rat control job
Huge rat entry point in a house in Cataula
Columbus, Georgia rat control job
Installing rat-proof crawl space vents
Damage to wiring by rat gnawing in Snellville
Rats gnawed through this garbage pail in Roswell
Do-it-yourself rat control didn't quite work out
Roof rat extermination job in Douglasville
Rat damage to the plumbing pipes of a drain
Repairs needed at Dunwoody rat control job
Fire risk from rodents gnawing on electrical wire
Technician using fiber-optic scope to find rats
Rat-proofing a commercial building in Hampton
Hephzibah, Georgia rat extermination job
Rats trapped on snap traps in Kennesaw
Rat hole found at Kennesaw rat control job
Mother rat gave birth to young in our live trap
Roof rats are common throughout Georgia
Rat nest inside a wall in Powder Springs
Rat hole found at Norcross, GA rat control job
Rat nest found at a rat control job in Norcross
Rats got in through a hole the size of a quarter
Rats gnawed on wiring in a Powder Springs home
Rat extermination job in Avondale Estates
Roof rat removal from an attic in Dunwoody
Rat extermination in an attic in Kennesaw
Hole found at Duluth roof rat extermination job
Rat-proofing a roof in Suwanee, Georgia
Gap found at a Sharon, GA rat control job
Rat burrows in attic insulation in Stockbridge
Hole in roof at Stockbridge GA rat control job
Rats chewed up these rain gutters in Villa Rica
Entry hole found at Villa Rica rat control job
Rodent damage to wiring in an attic
Young roof rat trapped in Woodstock, GA
Rat rub marks found at an attic rat control job
Milner, Georgia rat extermination job
Rat dropping and urine in a ceiling in Roswell
Rat damage to a PVC pipe in an attic
Roswell, Georgia rat control job
Rat droppigs on a hot water heater in Roswell
Big rat hole at Roswell, Georgia rat control job
DIY Rat Control Attempt in Roswell, Georgia
Rat damage to a dishwasher
Rat damage to plumbing in Columbus, GA
Rat entry gap into crawl space in Doraville
Rat damage and droppings in Dacula
Rat tracks in the attic of an Alpharetta home
Rat damage to a garage door in Roswell
Rat damage to garage door in Johns Creek
Rat droppings in an attic in Flower Branch
Rat droppings on an A/C unit in Alpharetta
Rat footprints in the dust an attic in Cumming
Rat rub marks on wires in an attic in Cumming
Acorns found at an Alpharetta rat control job
Rat entry gap at a Canton, Georgia home
Rat hole in a house in Dunwoody, Georgia
Rat prints on ducts in an attic in Cumming
Rat burrows through insulation in Kennesaw
Rat entry hole into a house in Suwanee
Rats chewed up a plastic owl in Snellvile
Rat entry hole in the roof of an Alpharetta home
Sealing rats out of air conditioner in Athens
Rat entry hole into a house in Roswell
Big rat hole found at Waleska rat control job
Rat entry gap around crawl vent in Snellville
Rat hole in a house in Dacula, Georgia
Rat hole in a house in Lawrenceville
Rat damage to a garage door in Roswell
Rat hole in a house in Chamblee, Georgia
Rat droppings in the attic of a Sugar Hill home
Rat damage to A/C lines in a Roswell home
Rats chewed up downspout drain in Roswell
Huge rat entry hole in a house in Canton, Georgia
Evidence of rats in an attic in Alpharetta
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.