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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 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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Here's Why this House in Jasper, Georgia Needs Norway Rat Control
by Webmaster
Sep 27, 2021 11:02:44 am.

Today we have a crew doing non-chemical Norway rat removal and exclusion in Dawsonville, Georgia. The rats are in the crawl space; and our mission is to trap and remove them from the house, and rodent-proof the house, before they get any further into the home.
by Webmaster
Sep 27, 2021 10:54:58 am.

A crew doing non-chemical rat control in Madison, Georgia is sealing gaps around the perimeter of the house to prevent rats from getting into the crawl space. They're also using traps to remove the existing rats without having to use any poisons.
by Webmaster
Sep 27, 2021 10:34:46 am.

A homeowner just found roof rat droppings in the attic of her house in Jasper, Georgia. Rat exterminators from our North Georgia office are on the way to trap and remove the rats, and animal-proof the roof to prevent future rodent infestations.
by Webmaster
Sep 22, 2021 10:25:53 am.

A homeowner stuffed some steel wool into a hole in the foundation in an attempt to rat-proof their Woodstock, Georgia home. The rats enjoyed a good belly laugh right before they pulled the steel wool from the home and got back into the crawl space.
by Webmaster
Sep 21, 2021 11:15:24 am.

Technicians working at a Young Harris, Georgia rat-removal job found gaps in the edges of the roof that allowed roof rats into the attic. They'll shield those gaps with sheet metal to prevent new rats from replacing the existing rats that they're trapping and removing.
by Webmaster
Sep 21, 2021 10:48:59 am.

A worn out garage door weather seal is allowing Norway rats in and will have to be replaced to achieve non-chemical rat control at a house in Hiawassee, Georgia. Norway rats can get into houses through gaps only slightly larger than their heads.
by Webmaster
Sep 20, 2021 10:54:41 am.

Droppings on the basement floor were evidence of a Norway rat infestation in the basement of a Hiawassee, Georgia home. Rodent-removal specialists are working at the house to non-chemically trap and remove the rats, and seal the perimeter to make the house rodent-proof.
by Webmaster
Sep 17, 2021 09:05:44 am.

Knocking a brick out of the wall may have been the easiest way to run the air-conditioning lines into the house, but it also created an easy way for Norway rats to get into a home in Jasper, Georgia. A rat control team is on their way to trap and remove the rats, and rodent-proof the house for permanent control.
by Webmaster
Sep 16, 2021 09:49:14 am.

A sloppily-cut piece of drop edge left a gap that allowed roof rats into the attic of a house in Madison, Georgia. A rat removal team from our North Georgia office is reflashing the roof and sealing the gaps to seal rodents out of the attic.
by Webmaster
Sep 16, 2021 09:43:43 am.

Today our North Georgia technicians are doing non-chemical roof rat removal at a Suwanee, Georgia home. As is often the case, the rats are getting into the attic through a gap along the entire edge of the roof, which we'll cover with a metal shield to permanently solve the rat problem.
by Webmaster
Sep 15, 2021 10:59:18 am.

Technicians working a Dawsonville, Georgia rat control job caught more than a dozen rats overnight and removed them from the crawl space. They've already rodent-proofed the house so no new rats can get in. Another day or two and all the rats should be gone.
by Webmaster
Sep 15, 2021 10:52:04 am.

A brick mysteriously fell into the crawl space, allowing Norway rats to easily get into a house in Acworth, Georgia. Our rat control crew is trapping and removing the rats from the crawl space and re-setting the brick to make the house rat-free and rodent-proof.
by Webmaster
Sep 15, 2021 10:43:23 am.

Technicians working a Hiawassee, Georgia rat removal job noticed that one of the foundation vents had been dislodged. That's most likely how the rats got into the crawl space. They'll properly reinstall the vent cover as part of the rat-exclusion job.
by Webmaster
Sep 13, 2021 10:17:36 am.

Our technicians are repairing the garage weather seal and door trim as part of a Hiawassee, Georgia rat control job. The rats gnawed through the seal and the frame to get into the garage. We'll trap and remove the rats and rodent-proof the house, without using pesticides.
by Webmaster
Sep 13, 2021 10:14:40 am.

We found roof rats tracks in the attic insulation in a house in Acworth, Georgia. Our rat-removal crew will replace the insulation after they trap and remove the rats and seal them out of the house.
by Webmaster
Sep 10, 2021 10:16:53 am.

Technicians from our North Georgia office are on their way to a Dawsonville, Georgia roof rat removal job. As is usually the case with roof rats, the rats got in through a gap between the roof sheathing and fascia, which our crew will seal to make the house rat-proof.
by Webmaster
Sep 08, 2021 11:03:11 am.

Our North Georgia office just sent technicians out to a Young Harris, Georgia rat-removal and rat-proofing job. They'll eliminate the rat problem non-chemically using trapping, removal, and exclusion.
by Webmaster
Sep 08, 2021 10:21:54 am.

We have rodent-exclusion specialists working at a Madison, Georgia roof rat control job today. The rats are getting into the attic through gaps between the slats of the gable vent. We'll trap and remove the rats, screen the gable vent, and animal-proof the roof.
by Webmaster
Sep 02, 2021 01:03:39 pm.

Tree rats became roof rats when they got into the attic through a one-inch gap in the edge of the roof of a house in Dawsonville, Georgia. Rat exterminators from our North Georgia office are removing the rats from the attic, and sealing the gap to keep them out.
by Webmaster
Sep 02, 2021 12:54:20 pm.

A one inch gap between the roof sheathing and the fascia made it easy for tree rats to get into the attic of a house in Canton, Georgia. Rat-removal technicians from our North Georgia office are trapping and removing the rats and installing a metal shield to make the roof animal-proof.
by Webmaster
Sep 02, 2021 12:46:30 pm.

A homeowner found roof rat droppings in the attic of their house in Young Harris, Georgia. Rat exterminators covering our North Georgia region are using traps to non-chemically catch and remove the rats, and sealing the exterior of the house to prevent future infestations.
by Webmaster
Sep 02, 2021 12:31:44 pm.

A cable TV installer slid a foundation vent open to run his wires, which also allowed rats to get into a house in Roswell, Georgia. Rat control specialists are on the scene trapping and removing the rats and rodent-proofing the house.
by Webmaster
Sep 02, 2021 12:29:03 pm.

An electrician punched a big hole through a foundation vent to run a generator cable into a house in Jasper, Georgia. Rat control technicians from our North Georgia office are trapping and removing the rats that got into the crawl space through the hole.
by Webmaster
Sep 02, 2021 12:19:53 pm.

A crew from our North Georgia office is non-chemically treating a roof rat problem in Young Harris, Georgia. They'll trap and remove the rats and seal the edges of the roof with sheet metal to keep rats and other critters out of the attic.
by Webmaster
Sep 01, 2021 12:01:03 pm.

We Found Norway Rat Damage to the Siding at a Rat-Exclusion Job in Hiawassee, Georgia
by Webmaster
Sep 01, 2021 11:17:54 am.

Rodent removal experts from our North Georgia office are removing and excluding rats from the attic of a house in Young Harris. Rat control requires both eliminating the existing infestation and preventing new ones to be permanent.
by Webmaster
Aug 27, 2021 10:20:27 am.

A hole in a cinder block where a now-removed pipe used to pass through allowed rats into the crawl space of a house in Hiawassee, Georgia. Rat exterminators from our North Georgia office are trapping and removing the rats and sealing up all the gaps and holes to make the crawl space rat-proof.
by Webmaster
Aug 26, 2021 09:56:14 am.

A real estate home inspector found rat droppings in the attic of a house in Carrollton, Georgia. Rat-removal technicians from our North Georgia office are on the job, trapping and removing the rats and rodent-proofing the house so it can be sold.
by Webmaster
Aug 25, 2021 11:28:38 am.

Not surprisingly, a gap at the edge of the roof sheathing was how roof rats got into the attic of a house in Jasper, Georgia. Rat control technicians from our North Georgia office are trapping and removing the rats and sealing the gaps in the roof to make the house rat-proof and rat-free.
by Webmaster
Aug 24, 2021 10:40:11 am.

We have a non-chemical rodent control crew sealing a gap around pipes and wires where they pass through the siding as part of a Hiawassee, Georgia rat control and exclusion job. This is a very, very common kind of rat-proofing work.
by Webmaster
Aug 23, 2021 11:12:01 am.

Roof rats chewed through a roof vent screen to get into the attic of a house in Roswell, Georgia. Non-chemical rat control specialists from our North Georgia office are replacing the roof vent to exclude rats and other animals from the attic.
by Webmaster
Aug 20, 2021 10:06:41 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, Jasper, Lawrenceville, Loganville, Macon, Milton, Norcross, Rome, Roswell, Suwanee, Villa Rica, Winston, Woodstock, and everywhere in between.

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