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Rat Removal and Rat-Proofing in North Georgia

Young rat in a cage trap facing the camera after being trapped and removed from a house

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. Our organic approach to rat extermination is safer, more environmentally friendly, and more permanent than using poisons.

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 extermination using 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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Rats used the gap around some pipes where they passed through a hole in the wooden siding to get into a house in Dawsonville, Georgia. Rat control at this house will begin with sealing all the gaps to keep pest rodents out of the house. The existing rats will be trapped and removed using non-toxic methods that won't endanger non-target wildlife.
by Webmaster
Jan 26, 2022 09:38:47 am.

A two inch gap at the top of a foundation vent allowed Norway rats into the crawl space of a house in Hiawassee, Georgia. Our rat control specialists are using the non-chemical pest control techniques of trapping, removal, and exclusion to quickly and safely eliminate the rat problem without using toxic pesticides.
by Webmaster
Jan 26, 2022 09:34:50 am.

Pest control technicians at a Dawsonville, Georgia rat-control job are sealing gaps between the soffit panels and the shingles to keep rats and other nuisance animals and pests out of the attic. They're also using traps to catch and remove the existing rats, ultimately eliminating the rat infestation without using any pesticides.
by Webmaster
Jan 25, 2022 10:27:07 am.

A gap of only a bit more than an inch between the wooden door frame and the pavement allowed Norway rats into a house in Roswell, Georgia. Rat pest control specialists are sealing the gap as part of a comprehensive rat control and rodent-exclusion job.
by Webmaster
Jan 25, 2022 10:19:12 am.

A gap around the air-conditioning pipes where they pass through the brick wall allowed Norway rats into a house in Canton, Georgia. A rat-control team is employing non-chemical pest-control techniques to treat the rat infestation and rodent-proof the house without using any pesticides or chemicals.
by Webmaster
Jan 24, 2022 10:12:57 am.

Non-chemical rodent-control technicians are adjusting a garage door and replacing the weather seal to keep Norway rats and other pests out of a house in Roswell, Georgia. We treat residential rat problems using on;t trapping and exclusion, without any pesticides or poisons.
by Webmaster
Jan 24, 2022 09:38:40 am.

Roof rats gnawed a hole about the size of a hen's egg through the soffit panel about two feet from the peak of the house to get into the attic of an Alpharetta, Georgia home. Our rat pest control crew will repair the hole as part of rodent-proofing the house and non-chemically removing the rats from the attic.
by Webmaster
Jan 21, 2022 10:49:26 am.

Our North Georgia Rodent Pest Control Specialists are Repairing the Rodent Entry Gaps in the Flashing at a Buford, Georgia Roof Rat Removal Job
by Webmaster
Jan 21, 2022 10:45:50 am.

Droppings and urine in the attic insulation told our pest control inspector that there was a roof rat infestation in the attic of a house in Big Canoe, Georgia. Rat control will begin with rodent-proofing the house, while the rats already in the attic will be quickly and safely trapped and removed, without using any pesticides.
by Webmaster
Jan 21, 2022 10:41:03 am.

The space around a taped bundle of pipes where they pass through the siding allowed rats into a house in Waleska, Georgia. Rat control at this house will require sealing that gap to keep pest rodents out of the house.
by Webmaster
Jan 20, 2022 10:04:22 am.

The snow didn’t stop me nor the animals, was in Hiawasse, Duluth, Snellville, and then Marietta
by Chris Collender
Jan 18, 2022 04:41:40 pm.

A rodent pest control crew working a Woodstock, Georgia rat control job discovered that the gap under a maladjusted garage door was allowing rats to get into the house. Fortunately, our technicians are excellent garage door therapists who will have the door well-adjusted and rodent-proof within an hour.
by Webmaster
Jan 18, 2022 10:58:45 am.

Pest control technicians doing a Villa Rica, Georgia rat control job are sealing multiple gaps in the rubble foundation to permanently rodent-proof the house and solve the rat problem without using any poisons.
by Webmaster
Jan 18, 2022 10:55:26 am.

A crawl space door with a three-inch gap between itself and its frame along the top edge allowed Norway rats into a house in Roswell, Georgia. Rat control at this house will require that the door be repaired to make it rodent proof to keep rats, mice, and other pests and nuisance animals out of the crawl space.
by Webmaster
Jan 18, 2022 10:25:13 am.

There was a gap of about an inch and a half between the brick wall and the frieze board that allowed roof rats into the attic of a house in Acworth, Georgia. Rat control specialists from our North Georgia office have sealed that gap to keep pest rodents out of the attic, and are using traps to treat the existing rat infestation without using poisons.
by Webmaster
Jan 17, 2022 08:43:08 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.

Badly rotted wooden siding created gaps that allowed Norway rats into a house in Young Harris, Georgia. Our rat pest control crew will first fix the water problem, then replace the siding to seal pest rodents out of the house, and then set traps to treat the existing rat problem without the need for any rodenticides or other poisons.
by Webmaster
Jan 14, 2022 10:08:24 am.

Pretty good day in the office yesterday. We accepted new pest animal removal jobs in Grayson, Athens, Duluth, Fayetteville, Chamblee, Marietta, Monroe & Canton to name a few. For the best pest animal control service call Ridacritter today!
by Richard Adcock
Jan 14, 2022 07:43:04 am.

The roof rats got into the attic of a house in Big Canoe, Georgia through a gap between the roof trim and the shingles at a junction point. We have a rat pest control crew on the job sealing rodent pests and other wildlife out of the house, and using traps to treat the current rat infestation in a non-toxic way.
by Webmaster
Jan 13, 2022 11:10:44 am.

A gap around the air-conditioning pipes where they were passed through the concrete foundation allowed Norway rats into a house in Ellijay, Georgia. Rat pest control workers are sealing the gap to rodent-proof the house and prevent future infestations of pest rats and mice.
by Webmaster
Jan 13, 2022 10:57:25 am.

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

Today we have a pest control team applying a metal animal shield to the edge of the roof at a Cumming, Georgia rat control job. The shield will keep pest rodents, as well as nuisance wildlife, out of the attic.
by Webmaster
Jan 12, 2022 10:55:16 am.

We just pulled the last of the rats out of the house at a Woodstock, Georgia rat control job. We use traps to control rats without poisons. One of the advantages is that poisoned rats often crawl into wall and ceiling voids to die, which stinks up the house. That doesn't happen to trapped rats.
by Webmaster
Jan 12, 2022 10:35:27 am.

Norway rats gnawed a hole through the screen behind a foundation vent, which our pest control crew will be replacing to achieve rat control without using poisons at a Flowery Branch, Georgia home.
by Webmaster
Jan 12, 2022 10:27:23 am.

A pest control team doing non-chemical rat control in Roswell, Georgia discovered a gap behind the bottom row of siding that will have to sealed to keep pest rodents out of the house. Rat control without poisons requires that all the gaps be sealed to rodent-proof the house.
by Webmaster
Jan 12, 2022 10:24:32 am.

Our North Georgia Rodent Pest Control Crew Knew that the Rat Infestation was Well-Established when they Saw the Heavy Rub Marks by a Crawl Space Vent at a Jasper, Georgia Rat Control Job
by Webmaster
Jan 10, 2022 10:10:30 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.

A gap between the frieze board and the brick wall allowed roof rats to get into a house in Milton, Georgia. Rat control specialists are sealing the gap to keep rats, as well as other pests and nuisance animals, out of the house, without using any poisons.
by Webmaster
Jan 06, 2022 10:27:02 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 crew of North Georgia pest control technicians doing roof rat control in Alpharetta are installing an animal shield that will keep rats, mice, birds, and other nuisance wildlife out of the attic. Our approach to rat control relies completely on trapping and exclusion, without using any poisons that can harm non-target animals.
by Webmaster
Jan 04, 2022 11:15:26 am.

The gap around pipes and wires where they were passed under a metal hood and through a brick wall allowed Norway rats into a house in Madison, Georgia. The person who ran the pipes and wires put a hood over them, but didn't bother sealing around them to seal rodent pests out of the house.
by Webmaster
Jan 04, 2022 11:05:23 am.

A maladjusted garage door with a worn weather seal resulted in Norway rats getting into a house in Snellville, Georgia. Rat pest control technicians are on the scene adjusting the garage door, replacing the weather seal, and trapping and removing the rats to eliminate the rodent problem without using chemicals.
by Webmaster
Jan 03, 2022 10:21:47 am.

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

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