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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 by a pest control company.

At Rid-A-Critter, we make a science out of pest 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 pest 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 Gap in the Roof that's Been There Since the House was Built is Why We're Doing Roof Rat Control in Roswell, Georgia Today
by Webmaster
Sep 30, 2022 10:28:49 am.

Norway rats gnawed a hole about the size of an egg through the bottom of the wooden garage door frame to get into a house in Bent Tree, Georgia. A crew of rodent-control specialists from our North Georgia office will repair the damage as part of a non-chemical rat control and rodent-exclusion job.
by Webmaster
Sep 30, 2022 10:19:54 am.

A hole in the plywood floor about a foot in diameter where a four-inch soil pipe vertically passes through allowed rats into the crawl space of a house in Woodstock, Georgia. Long-lasting rat control requires sealing up gaps like that to prevent rats and other rodent pests from getting into the house.
by Webmaster
Sep 29, 2022 09:52:37 am.

We're Sending a Crew of Non-Chemical Rodent-Control Professionals to Correct a Handyman's Rodent-Proofing Attempt at a Big Canoe, Georgia Rat Control Job
by Webmaster
Sep 28, 2022 10:59:27 am.

I was in Big Canoe this morning, rats in the crawl space, then out to Douglasville for flyers in the attic, headed to Forest park for rats in a rental property
by Chris Collender
Sep 27, 2022 11:02:03 am.

Water erosion to the concrete opened up a hole at an expansion joint that allowed Norway rats into a house in Alpharetta, Georgia. We're treating the rat problem using only trapping and removal without any poisons, and sealing the entry gaps to exclude rodents from the house.
by Webmaster
Sep 27, 2022 10:32:55 am.

Rats chewed about three inches of the garage door weather seal and the adjacent trim away to get into a house in Winston, Georgia. Our rat control crew is replacing the damaged seal and trim to non-chemically treat the rat infestation and rodent-proof the house.
by Webmaster
Sep 26, 2022 10:35:04 am.

A gap around the air-conditioning pipes and wires where they pass through a three-inch diameter hole neatly drilled though the brick wall is why we're doing Norway rat control at a Woodstock, Georgia home today. The installer took the time to drill a nice, neat hole through a brick wall, but didn't bother sealing it to keep rodents out of the house.
by Webmaster
Sep 26, 2022 10:20:05 am.

Someone removed a dryer vent but left the hole in the ceiling where the duct used to be, which allowed rats into a house in Suwanee, Georgia. We have a crew of rodent pest control specialists rat-proofing the house and non-chemically trapping and removing the existing rats.
by Webmaster
Sep 23, 2022 09:42:32 am.

Was in hiawassee for Bats, then Suches for rats, Suwannee for squirrels, and then Atlanta for rats again
by Chris Collender
Sep 22, 2022 12:56:25 pm.

Our rodent-control crew are replacing a rickety old garage door as part of a non-chemical rat control and rodent exclusion job at a house in Young Harris, Georgia. The old door simply wasn't worth trying to repair to keep the rats out of the house.
by Webmaster
Sep 22, 2022 10:29:29 am.

Our Non-Chemical Rodent Control Specialists are Correcting a Failed DIY Rat-Exclusion Attempt at a House in Sautee Nacoochee, Georgia
by Webmaster
Sep 22, 2022 10:16:27 am.

Was in winterville this morning for mice, then to blairsvile for flyers, then Cummings ga for rats. Headed to Marietta for some bats, busy day
by Chris Collender
Sep 20, 2022 01:41:02 pm.

It only took a gap of about an inch between the brick chimney and the flange of the chimney cap for roof rats to get into a house in Young Harris, Georgia. Our rodent pest exclusion crew is replacing the chimney cap, which is in poor condition anyway, to keep rats, other rodent pests, and nuisance wildlife out of the house.
by Webmaster
Sep 20, 2022 08:43:45 am.

Atlanta job this morning, flyers in the attic, then headed to Decatur, rats in the crawl space
by Chris Collender
Sep 19, 2022 09:33:06 am.

A team of rodent-control specialists from our North Georgia office are on their way to a Madison, Georgia Norway rat control job. This will consist of rodent-proofing the foundation to keep rats and mice out of the crawl space, and using trapping and removal to non-chemically eradicate the existing rat infestation.
by Webmaster
Sep 19, 2022 07:51:25 am.

A rodent pest control crew doing Norway rat control in Woodstock, Georgia had to shimmy under the porch to find a hole in the concrete foundation right behind the steps where a couple of wires passed through, which is how the rats were getting into the house. Sealing that hole will be a vital part of eliminating the rat infestation and rodent-proofing the house.
by Webmaster
Sep 15, 2022 11:28:07 am.

The droppings on the water heater were all the evidence we needed of rats that need to be trapped and removed from a house in Hiawassee, Georgia. Rodent pest control specialists from our North Georgia office are treating the rat infestation without using poisons, using trapping, removal, and rodent-proofing.
by Webmaster
Sep 15, 2022 11:14:54 am.

Bats have been pretty busy this week, Atlanta to dunwoody, over to sandy springs, did a quote this morning for snakes in commerce ga, good times
by Chris Collender
Sep 15, 2022 10:09:54 am.

Staining next to a small gap between the siding and the soffit panel were evidence of a roof rat infestation that needs to be treated in the attic of a Gainesville, Georgia home. We have a rodent control crew setting traps and animal-proofing the roof to keep rats and other nuisance wildlife and pests out of the attic.
by Webmaster
Sep 13, 2022 10:11:31 am.

The garage door is out of adjustment and there is a one-inch gap under it, which is the reason why we're doing Norway rat control at a house in Woodstock, Georgia. Our rodent pest control specialists will adjust the garage door to help keep mice and rats out of the house.
by Webmaster
Sep 12, 2022 10:00:19 am.

A non-chemical rodent control crew doing Norway rat control in Toccoa, Georgia is sealing around a condensate drain sticking through a hole in the siding that rats are using to get into the house. You can't permanently eliminate a rat problem without rodent-proofing the house.
by Webmaster
Sep 06, 2022 11:17:06 am.

Today our rodent pest control experts are finishing up a roof rat removal job in the attic of a house in Ball Ground, Georgia. The rats have already been trapped and removed and the house has been animal-proofed to keep pests and wildlife out of the attic. All that's left is replacing the attic insulation, which is heavily contaminated with rat droppings and urine.
by Webmaster
Sep 02, 2022 09:08:17 am.

Norway rats found the vinyl cover over the garage door track easy to gnaw through, which is why we're doing rat control in Powder Springs, Georgia today. Non-chemical rat control is accomplished using trapping, removal, and structural modifications to keep rats and other rodent pests out of the house.
by Webmaster
Aug 31, 2022 09:31:46 am.

Norway rats started with a gap under the garage door weather seal to gnaw a hole through the wooden door frame into a house in Villa Rica, Georgia. Our rodent pest control experts will repair the damage, rodent-proof the house, and non-chemically trap and remove the rats.
by Webmaster
Aug 31, 2022 09:27:40 am.

Rodent pest control specialists from our North Georgia office are heading out to a roof rat control job in Toccoa. They're setting traps to catch and remove the rats, as well as animal-proofing the house to prevent future pest and nuisance wildlife problems.
by Webmaster
Aug 23, 2022 07:45:04 am.

Was in Duluth this morning for bats, then off to watkinsville and Royston for u know, bats, now to Covington for rats
by Chris Collender
Aug 22, 2022 03:23:41 pm.

Norway rats gnawed a hole about the size of a silver dollar through the bottom of the weather seal over the vertical track of a garage door to get into a house in Canton, Georgia. This is a very common way for rats to get into homes.
by Webmaster
Aug 22, 2022 07:52:09 am.

Rub marks under a fist sized hole in the cinder block foundation under a deck where a single wire passed through told our pest control crew that rats were using the hole to get into a house in Clayton, Georgia. Our rodent pest control specialists are in the crawl space setting traps to catch and remove the rats.
by Webmaster
Aug 22, 2022 07:48:08 am.

Tree rats discovered a one-inch gap between the roof sheathing and fascia that allowed them to promote themselves to roof rats by getting into the attic of a house in Oxford, Georgia. Our rodent pest control technicians are putting an end to their celebration.
by Webmaster
Aug 19, 2022 10:06:26 am.

The droppings and the shredded insulation on top of the water heater were proof positive that a house in Cumming, Georgia needed rat control. Right now it looks like there's only a single rat in the house. But like all rodents, rats reproduce prolifically; meaning that there's no such thing as a minor rat infestation.
by Webmaster
Aug 16, 2022 09:50:25 am.

Yesterday, I was In peachtree city and then ellenwoood, for bats, then I drove lakemont and Cummings, snakes in the house.
by Chris Collender
Aug 16, 2022 07:43:26 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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