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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 or building rat proof. The result of using poisons to kill rats without doing the more difficult and important work of rat exclusion is that new rats will move in almost as quickly as the old rats are killed. You'll develop a lifetime relationship with your exterminator because the rat problem will never be solved. Instead, your exterminator will show up every month to set out more poison, and you pay the exterminator 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 North Georgia, and we got that way by doing things differently. Unlike most rat exterminators, we practice non-toxic rat control, as is consistent with our Integrated Pest Management philosophy. We emphasize rat trapping, habitat modification, and rodent exclusion ("rat-proofing") to keep rats 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. That's a good thing. 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.

When needed, we also utilize high-tech methods, such as motion-activated, infrared cameras, to determine how many rats there are and just 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 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. These pictures 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, such as when there is extensive Norway rat burrowing outside a home or commercial building. 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.

Rid-A-Critter has locally-based rat control specialists living and working throughout North Georgia. We have the tools and personnel to handle any rat control or mouse control job, so please call us today for a professional inspection and consultation.


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Visiting clients in Albany Ga. on this Presidents Day. Be safe!
by Jason Arruda
Feb 18, 2019 11:52:47 am.

Unusual Rat Hole in a Garage Door Frame in Woodstock, Georgia
by Webmaster
Feb 15, 2019 10:49:29 am.

Norway Rats Chewed their Way Into this House in Alpharetta
by Webmaster
Feb 13, 2019 10:38:35 am.

Video of a Rat Control Job in Lawrenceville, Georgia
by Webmaster
Feb 12, 2019 10:48:32 am.

Annoying Roof Rats Chewed Their Way Into this House in Roswell, Georgia
by Webmaster
Feb 07, 2019 11:47:21 am.

Well-Hidden Norway Rat Entry Point into a House in Gainesville, Georgia
by Webmaster
Feb 07, 2019 11:44:41 am.

Pretty Typical Rat Entry Hole into a House in Cartersville, Georgia
by Webmaster
Feb 07, 2019 11:27:57 am.

Wow, this warm weather has these bat calls on the rise. Bats are gonna be out early with this warm weather and early spring.
by Jason Arruda
Feb 06, 2019 11:57:56 am.

Typical Roof Rat Hole in a House in Acworth, Georgia
by Webmaster
Feb 05, 2019 10:42:56 am.

A Roof Rat Chewed Through a Metal Rain Gutter in Alpharetta, Georgia
by Webmaster
Feb 04, 2019 11:51:05 am.

Norway Rat Hole Into a Garage in Bremen, Georgia
by Webmaster
Feb 04, 2019 11:46:02 am.

Roof Rats Left Evidence in an Attic in Alpharetta, Georgia
by Webmaster
Feb 04, 2019 11:39:19 am.

Here's How the Roof Rat Problem in this Dunwoody, Georgia Home Began
by Webmaster
Feb 04, 2019 11:33:51 am.

This Was How Rats Got Into a House in Temple, Georgia
by Webmaster
Feb 01, 2019 12:13:30 pm.

Rats are a year round problem critter we work with. We solve many rat problems each month. If you or someone you know has a rat problem, we are the best around. We will protect your home and family against rodents. Call for a free estimate.
by Richard Adcock
Feb 01, 2019 12:13:29 pm.

Norway Rat Droppings in a House in Winston, Georgia
by Webmaster
Feb 01, 2019 12:10:38 pm.

Industrious Roof Rats Chewed Their Way Into this House in Dunwoody, Georgia
by Webmaster
Jan 29, 2019 11:07:38 am.

Well-hidden Rat Entry Point into a House in Big Canoe, Georgia
by Webmaster
Jan 29, 2019 10:44:47 am.

Well it was a good Monday seeing clients in Carrollton, Dallas, Rockmart and Bremen Ga. today. Time to head home. Be safe everyone.
by Jason Arruda
Jan 28, 2019 04:25:42 pm.

Norway Rats Gnawed their Way into a House in Temple, Georgia
by Webmaster
Jan 25, 2019 10:41:20 am.

I’m here in Canton today about a house that was supposed to be sealed by a competitor but hardly did anything
by Carl F.
Jan 25, 2019 09:04:34 am.

Another Rat Hole into a House in Lawrenceville, Georgia
by Webmaster
Jan 24, 2019 11:43:21 am.

The Rats Got Into this House in Lawrenceville, Georgia Through the Dryer Vent
by Webmaster
Jan 24, 2019 11:39:33 am.

Roof Rat Damage to a Gutter Cover in Dacula, Georgia
by Webmaster
Jan 23, 2019 11:12:01 am.

Justin Found the Entry Hole at a Roof Rat Removal Job in Roswell, Georgia
by Webmaster
Jan 23, 2019 11:06:19 am.

How Norway Rats Got Into this Brick House in Stone Mountain
by Webmaster
Jan 23, 2019 10:56:04 am.

As always it’s nice to visit with our clients in the Albany Ga area. Thanks to all companies and people who refer us to your friends and family for wildlife needs.
by Jason Arruda
Jan 21, 2019 02:47:07 pm.

Example of Norway Rat Stains in a Sewer Pipe in Madison, Georgia
by Webmaster
Jan 21, 2019 11:57:25 am.

Indisputable Evidence of a Rat Problem in an Attic in Gainesville, Georgia
by Webmaster
Jan 21, 2019 11:50:31 am.

Cold start to the week. Our critter team is running all over the great states of Georgia and Alabama solving nuisance animal jobs. If you have rats, bats, squirrels, mice etc in your home give us a call for a free estimate.
by Richard Adcock
Jan 21, 2019 08:02:51 am.

News Flash: Our new company blog is live!
by Webmaster
Jan 18, 2019 05:52:35 pm.

Norway Rat Hole in a House in Winston
by Webmaster
Jan 18, 2019 01:06:32 pm.

Rid-A-Critter provides non-chemical rat extermination in all of North Georgia, including Athens, Atlanta, Alpharetta, Canton, Carrollton, Cartersville, Cumming, Dacula, Doraville, Dunwoody, Ellijay, Flowery Branch, Gainesville, Kennesaw, Jasper, Lawrenceville, Loganville, Macon, Milton, Norcross, Rome, Roswell, Suwanee, Villa Rica, Winston, Woodstock, and everywhere in between.

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