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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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A rat-control crew from our Macon office is on their way to non-chemically trap and remove rats from the crawl space of an apartment house in Albany, Georgia. They'll also rat-proof the building to prevent future problems.
by Webmaster
Apr 09, 2021 10:13:54 am.

We have a rat-removal crew sealing a gap along the edge of the roof to keep roof rats out of the attic of a house in Dunwoody, Georgia. They'll also use traps to remove the existing rats from the house.
by Webmaster
Apr 08, 2021 10:48:47 am.

We have a Georgia animal-exclusion team repairing the foundation of a house in Dunwoody, Georgia to keep Norway rats out of the crawl space. They'll also set traps to catch and remove the existing rats without using pesticides.
by Webmaster
Apr 08, 2021 10:42:06 am.

One of our inspectors found roof rat urine and droppings in the attic of a house in Dunwoody, Georgia. We're sending a crew to non-chemically trap and remove the rats and seal them out of the attic.
by Webmaster
Apr 07, 2021 10:19:57 am.

Jason and Justin built a crawl space access door to keep rats out of the crawl space of a Carrollton, Georgia home. The heating company had to break through the wall to install a new heater, which also meant installing a door.
by Webmaster
Apr 06, 2021 10:07:30 am.

We have a crew working in the crawl space under a house in Acworth, Georgia to seal rats out of the foundation of the house. We treat Norway rat problems using trapping and exclusion, with no chemicals or pesticides.
by Webmaster
Mar 25, 2021 10:01:24 am.

The Roof Rats Gnawed their Way into the Attic of this Hiawassee, Georgia Home
by Webmaster
Mar 24, 2021 10:59:53 am.

One of our technicians is replacing the weather seal on a garage door and adjusting the limit switches to keep Norway rats out of a house in Roswell, Georgia.
by Webmaster
Mar 24, 2021 10:55:27 am.

Jason M. on a Norway Rat Inspection at a House in Dunwoody, Georgia
by Webmaster
Mar 24, 2021 09:57:51 am.

Today we'll be repairing the roof flashing to keep roof rats out of the attic of a house in Dunwoody, Georgia. Most roof rat problems in homes begin with construction gaps that have existed since the houses were built.
by Webmaster
Mar 23, 2021 10:38:35 am.

New Video: Rat Proofing a Tight Crawl Space at a House in Acworth, Georgia
by Webmaster
Mar 23, 2021 09:46:48 am.

Hope everyone stays safe from the storms. Listen out for animals, they might be taking shelter too!
by Amber A.
Mar 17, 2021 05:45:47 pm.

One of our North Georgia rat-removal teams is performing non-toxic rat control at a house in Sharpsburg. They're using traps to remove the rats from the house, and sealing gaps in the garage and foundation to keep them out.
by Webmaster
Mar 17, 2021 10:28:30 am.

A homeowner called to tell us he found "tons" of rat droppings and shredded insulation on top of the furnace in his Norcross, Georgia home. We have an inspector on the way to draw up a non-chemical rat removal plan.
by Webmaster
Mar 17, 2021 10:25:14 am.

Our technicians are using their woodworking skills to build a new crawl space door that will keep Norway rats out of a house in Hiawassee, Georgia. They'll also non-chemically treat the existing rat problem.
by Webmaster
Mar 16, 2021 11:05:31 am.

Today is a wonderful day to call Ridacritter for all of your nuisance animal exclusion needs! We cover rats, mice, squirrels, raccoons, and more!
by Jake A.
Mar 12, 2021 02:54:13 pm.

Warm weather brought out calls for several animals today! From Snakes, to squirrels, mice and bees!!
by Amber A.
Mar 10, 2021 07:41:48 pm.

This is Why this Acworth, Georgia Home Needs Norway Rat Removal
by Webmaster
Mar 09, 2021 10:30:40 am.

Roof rats have been getting into the attic of a house in Flowery Branch, Georgia through a gap around a pipe where it passes through the soffit panel. We have a crew catching and removing the rats and sealing them out of the house.
by Webmaster
Mar 05, 2021 09:17:43 am.

The Attic of this Buford, Georgia Home Needs Roof Rat Removal and Exclusion
by Webmaster
Mar 04, 2021 10:23:03 am.

A rat-removal crew from our North Georgia office is heading out non-chemically treat a roof rat infestation in the attic of a house in Oxford, Georgia. The rats are getting in through a gap between the frieze board and the bricks.
by Webmaster
Mar 03, 2021 10:46:46 am.

We're starting a roof rat removal and exclusion job at a house in Cumming, Georgia. This consists of trapping and removing the existing rats from the attic, and animal-proofing the house to prevent future infestations.
by Webmaster
Mar 03, 2021 10:27:54 am.

We're just about finished removing roof rats from the attic of a house in Alpharetta, Georgia and rat-proofing the roof so they can't get back in. The next step will be cleaning up the rat mess and replacing the insulation.
by Webmaster
Mar 03, 2021 10:17:41 am.

We have a rat control crew setting traps to rapidly remove rats from the crawl space of a house in Hiawassee, Georgia. They'll also be replacing the water-rotted crawl space door to prevent future rat problems.
by Webmaster
Mar 01, 2021 11:33:58 am.

Rats, mice and squirrels today. Wildlife repairs with trapping. Animal exclusion needed call us for a free quote.
by Jason Arruda
Feb 25, 2021 10:58:52 am.

A rat-removal crew from our North Georgia office is non-chemically removing rats from the attic of a house in Gainesville, Georgia. They'll also animal-proof the roots to keep rats and other critters out of the attic.
by Webmaster
Feb 24, 2021 10:56:04 am.

We have a team trapping and removing Norway rats from a house in Dunwoody, Georgia. They're also repairing the damage the rats did to the Sheetrock, and rat-proofing the house to prevent future infestations.
by Webmaster
Feb 24, 2021 10:19:20 am.

We Found a Norway Rat Nest Inside a Bay Window at a House in Dunwoody, Georgia
by Webmaster
Feb 23, 2021 10:37:12 am.

Successfully removed all rats out of a cabin in Blairsville. Keep an eye out for rodents!
by Jake A.
Feb 19, 2021 04:35:32 pm.

We've just finished up with roof rat removal from the attic of a house in Dunwoody, Georgia. We've caught and removed all the rats, sealed them out of the attic, cleaned up after them, and replaced the attic insulation.
by Webmaster
Feb 19, 2021 10:19:10 am.

We have technicians replacing a gable vent that roof rats damaged by chewing through it to get into the attic of an Oxford, Georgia home. They'll also be non-chemically trapping and removing the rats from the attic, of course.
by Webmaster
Feb 19, 2021 10:15:29 am.

Rainy all over Georgia it seems like. Hard for us to keep dry when we’re determined to evict the animals and seal to keep them out. In Albany Ga now for a couple quotes and then to Zebulon Ga for another quote for squirrels removal. Be safe
by Jason Arruda
Feb 18, 2021 11:10:35 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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