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. 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 make it rat-proof.
Using poisons to kill rats without doing the more difficult and important work of rat exclusion is pointless. 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. 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 control.
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 permanently seal rats out of your home or business.
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.
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.
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.
There are a few 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:
Here are some pictures of rat control jobs we've done in North Georgia.
Rats got into a Chamblee home through this gap
Norway rat hole into an Acworth home
How rats got into a house in Dunwoody
Rat-proofing a roof in Suwanee, Georgia
Rat entry through unsealed pipe in Roswell
Acorns found at an Alpharetta rat control job
Rat damage to A/C lines in a Roswell home
Rat damage to air-conditioning line in Big Canoe
Gap found at a Sharon, GA rat control job
Roof rats destroyed a child's school project
Rat burrows in the insulation in Acworth
Rat entry point into a house in Norcross
How rats got into a crawl space in Dunwoody
Rat entry hole in Roswell
Rat damage to a dishwasher
How rats got into this Roswell home
Roof rat entry gap into a house in Roswell
Rat entry into a house in Hiram
Norway rat entry hole into a garage in Alpharetta
How rats got into a house in Buford
Roof rat hole in a house in Acworth
Rat droppings in drip tray in a house in Clermont
Roof rat damage at a house in Villa Rica
Milner, Georgia rat extermination job
Handyman rat-proofing fail in Cumming
Rat hole in a garage in Jasper
Rat hole under a deck in Madison
Roof rat entry gap in Woodstock
Rat entry gap into a house in Blairsville
Rat damage to the upholstery of a classic car
Rat hole in a house in Dunwoody, Georgia
Roof rat entry gap in Acworth
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.