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Rat Removal and Rat-Proofing in North Georgia

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

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

At Rid-A-Critter, we make a science out of rat control.

Most rat exterminators kill rats by setting out rat poison. We don't. There are more reasons not to use rat poison than to use it, which we'll discuss a bit further down in this page. The long and short of it is that with the exception of a few commercial accounts and other special situations in which exterior bait stations are required by law or industry standards, we don't use rodenticides to kill rats; and we never use rodenticides to kill rats inside of buildings. They're unnecessary and potentially harmful.

What we do is remove existing rats from your home or building non-chemically using various types of traps, and then seal your home or building to keep rats out.

Trying to control rats without sealing them out of a building is pointless. New rats will move in almost as quickly as the old rats are removed. You'll develop a lifetime relationship with your exterminator because the rat problem will never be solved. Your exterminator will show up every month to set out more poison, you will pay the exterminator every month to do it, and you'll still have a rat problem. Forever.

That's not how we do rat removal.

Rid-A-Critter is one of the largest and most well-established animal control companies in North Georgia, and we got that way by doing things differently. Unlike most pest control companies, we practice non-chemical rat control that doesn't rely on poisons, as is consistent with our philosophy and practice of Integrated Pest Management (IPM). We emphasize rat trapping, habitat modification, and rodent exclusion ("rat-proofing") to prevent rats from getting into your home or business.

Removing rats from your home without using poisons means reduced risk to humans, livestock, and pets, as well as less risk of rats dying inside your house and stinking it up. Non-chemical rat control is the smartest way to solve a rat problem, no matter how you look at it.

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.

When needed, we also utilize other high-tech methods, such as motion-activated robotic cameras, to determine how many rats there are and just how they're getting into your home. 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.

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.

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 more environmentally-friendly, "green," 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 Rodenticides

There are a few rat infestation situations which require the selective and judicious use of rodenticides (rat poisons), even in the context of an IPM program. But even in these situations, non-chemical control should be the primary rat control method. Rodenticides should be used only when absolutely needed.

Some situations in which rodenticide use is justified include:

Rat Control Gallery

Here are some randomly-selected pictures of rat control jobs we've done in North Georgia.

Rid-A-Critter has locally-based rat control specialists living, working, and keeping rats out of houses 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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We have rat-control technicians working in the basement of a house in Hiawassee, Georgia. The rats are getting in through gaps around the foundation where pipes and wires pass through. We'll seal the gaps to keep them out.
by Webmaster
Jan 15, 2021 10:19:42 am.

A homeowner in Roswell called and told us that she has rats in the attic of her Roswell, Georgia home. We have a rat-control crew on their way to take care of the rat problem.
by Webmaster
Jan 14, 2021 10:50:49 am.

A crew from our North Georgia office is headed out to Cumming to rat-proof the roof and attic of a house. They'll be sealing a construction gap around the whole perimeter to keep rats out of the attic.
by Webmaster
Jan 14, 2021 10:47:59 am.

Jason and Justin are busy on a non-chemical rat-control job in the crawl space of a house in Buford, Georgia. We control rats using environmentally-friendly trapping and exclusion, without using any poisons.
by Webmaster
Jan 13, 2021 11:08:26 am.

We Sealed Up a Rat Hole through the Foundation of a House in Buford, Georgia
by Webmaster
Jan 12, 2021 10:35:27 am.

Our technicians are closing the gaps along the edges of the roof to keep roof rats out of the attic of a house in Alpharetta, Georgia. Trapping and removing rats makes no sense unless you also seal them out of the house.
by Webmaster
Jan 11, 2021 11:09:39 am.

We have a crew in Acworth trapping and removing rats from a house and repairing the damage they did gnawing their way in through the siding. We'll also rat-proof the house to prevent future infestations.
by Webmaster
Jan 11, 2021 11:05:58 am.

One of our techs is replacing the weather seal of a garage door to keep rats out of a house in Carrollton, Georgia. This will prevent the rats we trap and remove from being replaced by new rats.
by Webmaster
Jan 11, 2021 11:02:32 am.

We just scheduled a Norway rat control job at a brick house in Commerce, Georgia. There are gaps around pipe and wires where they pass through the bricks that we'll seal up to keep rats out the house.
by Webmaster
Jan 11, 2021 10:59:07 am.

We have technicians sealing gaps in the frieze board and soffit of a house in Roswell, Georgia so roof rats can't get into the attic. They're also trapping and removing the rats that are already living up there.
by Webmaster
Jan 08, 2021 12:44:09 pm.

We have technicians closing up the gaps along the edges of the roof of a house in Madison, Georgia to seal roof rats out of the attic.
by Webmaster
Jan 08, 2021 12:41:36 pm.

An electrician discovered that roof rats were gnawing on the wiring in the attic of a house in Madison, Georgia, and the homeowner called us to take care of the problem. We have a crew on their way to get rid of the rats.
by Webmaster
Jan 08, 2021 12:38:35 pm.

The weather makes for a slow day, but the calls tell us the rodents are still as busy as ever!
by Amber A.
Jan 07, 2021 05:44:51 pm.

In Auburn Alabama quoting exclusions for gray squirrels today.
by Jason Arruda
Jan 07, 2021 11:01:30 am.

Lots of squirrel and rat calls today. From Birmingham to Anniston.
by Chris Scott
Jan 07, 2021 09:46:52 am.

In Alpharetta, Ga this morning providing a clearance letter to a customer so their buyers can rest assured they’re purchasing a Critter Free home. Did I mention our Warranty is 100% transferable??
by Tim McDavid
Jan 05, 2021 09:29:57 am.

Lots of squirrel calls today. It appears gray and flying squirrels are attempting to take over every attic in the Birmingham and surrounding areas.
by Chris Scott
Jan 04, 2021 05:58:27 pm.

New Blog Post: Happy New Year!
by Webmaster
Dec 31, 2020 10:41:11 am.

We have a technician finishing up rat damage repairs to a garage door at an Oakwood, Georgia home. The rat chewed through the weather seal to get into the garage. We'll also set traps to catch and remove any rats that are already in the house.
by Webmaster
Dec 31, 2020 10:20:59 am.

A crew from our North Georgia office is closing up gaps along the edges of the roof to keep roof rats out of a house in Flowery Branch, Georgia. We're also trapping and removing rats that are already in the attic.
by Webmaster
Dec 29, 2020 11:19:51 am.

One of our crews is finishing up a non-chemical roof rat-control job in the attic of a house in Canton, Georgia. We've trapped and removed the rats, and closed the gaps in the roof to prevent future rat problems.
by Webmaster
Dec 28, 2020 10:56:43 am.

Today we're adjusting a garage door travel switch to eliminate a gap that Norway rats have been using to get into a house in Acworth, Georgia. Poorly-adjusted garage doors make it easy for rodents to get into homes.
by Webmaster
Dec 28, 2020 10:53:23 am.

New Blog Post: Merry Christmas!
by Webmaster
Dec 24, 2020 11:23:46 am.

Today we have a crew closing up gaps in the foundation and siding to keep Norway rats out of a house in Acworth, Georgia. Our non-chemical rat control technique is based on trapping and removing existing rats, and sealing out "new" rats.
by Webmaster
Dec 23, 2020 10:07:24 am.

One of our inspectors found roof rat tracks in the dust in the attic of a house in Canton, Georgia. We're sending a crew to non-chemically trap and remove the rats, and rat-proof the house to prevent future infestations.
by Webmaster
Dec 22, 2020 11:04:19 am.

Finishing up on a exclusion in Cordele Ga and headed to Valdosta Ga for some trap checking. Good times. Happy Monday.
by Jason Arruda
Dec 07, 2020 10:46:24 am.

Today We Sealed a Gap that Allowed Rats into the Attic of a Rome, Georgia Home
by Webmaster
Dec 04, 2020 10:41:16 am.

Rat control specialists from our North Georgia office are sealing gaps in the siding to keep Norway rats out of a house in Hiram, Georgia. They'll also place traps to catch and remove the rats that have already gotten into the home.
by Webmaster
Dec 04, 2020 10:30:39 am.

Today we're setting traps to catch and remove Norway rats from the crawl space of a house in Griffin, Georgia. We'll also be sealing the gaps in the foundation and replacing the crawl space door to keep rats out of the house.
by Webmaster
Dec 04, 2020 10:13:17 am.

One of our North Georgia rat control crews is sealing gaps in the roof of a house in Sharpsburg, Georgia to keep roof rats out of the attic. They're also placing traps to non-chemically catch and remove the rats that already are in the attic.
by Webmaster
Dec 03, 2020 11:07:53 am.

We have a North Georgia rat-control crew non-chemically trapping and removing Norway rats from a brick house in Carrollton, Georgia. They'll also be sealing holes in the walls and foundation to prevent future rodent infestations.
by Webmaster
Dec 02, 2020 10:33:43 am.

We have a technician replacing the garage door weather seal at a Roswell, Georgia mouse-control job. The mice gnawed through the old seal to get into the garage. We're non-chemically treating the mouse problem and mouse-proofing the house.
by Webmaster
Dec 02, 2020 10:23:01 am.

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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