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.
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.
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, 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 on North-Central Georgia.
Young rat found at an Alpharetta rat control job
Roof rat extermination in Buckwood, Georgia
Rat entry through construction gap in Woodstock
Rat damage to a crawl space liner
Rat entry point into a house in Hiram
Roof rat chew hole in a house in Dunwoody
Technician using fiber-optic scope to find rats
Rat damage to a dishwasher
Roof rat hole in an attic access door in Acworth
Huge rat entry point in a house in Cataula
Roof rat gap into a house in Hoover
How rats got into a house in Ellijay
Rat prints on ducts in an attic in Cumming
Non-Chemical Rat Control in Roswell, Georgia
How Norway rats got into an Acworth home
Roof rat entry gap in Dunwoody
Roof rat chew hole in Chamblee
Rat gnawed through condensate drain in Blairsville
Rat hole in a house in Cartersville
Norway rat hole in a house in Roswell
How rats got into a house in Carrollton
Rat prints in a crawl space
Bouncy ball chewed by rats in Villa Rica, Georgia
Rat burrows in the insulation in Alpharetta
Rat droppings on a water heater in Snellville
Rat hole into a house in Winston
Serious rat problem in an attic in Menlo
Rat droppings in snack bar of an athletic field
Rat damage to a garage door in Roswell
Rat entry point into a house in Norcross
Roof rat entry point under an attic fan mounting
Rat rub marks on a porch in Buford
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.