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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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Norway rats used an existing half-inch gap as a starting point to gnaw a dome-shaped hole through the bottom of the vinyl trim covering the garage door track to get into a house in Canton, Georgia. Our rat control crew will replace the trim to rodent-prof the house.
by Webmaster
Feb 03, 2023 06:01:24 am.

Severe water rot to the siding and sheathing at the bottom of an exterior wall opened up a fist-sized gap an inch or two above ground level that allowed Norway rats into a house in Jasper, Georgia. Our rat control crew will address the water problem and repair the damage to rodent-proof the house, and use traps to clear up the existing infestation without using poisons.
by Webmaster
Feb 01, 2023 10:22:05 am.

A pest control service crew doing roof rat control in Canton, Georgia is nearly done. All the rats are gone and the house has been made rodent-proof. Once they replace the attic insulation, we can call the job finished.
by Webmaster
Jan 31, 2023 09:10:07 am.

All our North Georgia rodent pest service technicians had to do was lift a shingle to expose a construction gap of about an inch along the edge of the roof that allowed rats into the attic of a house in Alpharetta, Georgia. Our non-chemical rat control approach to this job includes installing a metal pest shield over the gap to rodent-proof the house.
by Webmaster
Jan 31, 2023 09:02:46 am.

Rats Peeled Back a Piece of Sheet Metal to Expose a Rodent Entry Gap at a Norway Rat Control Job in Big Canoe, Georgia
by Webmaster
Jan 31, 2023 08:57:55 am.

Rats climbed up the insulated air-conditioning line and through a gap where it passed through a hole in the wooden siding to get into a house in Jasper, Georgia. Proper rat control begins with exclusion to seal rodents out of the house, which is what our North Georgia pest control technicians are doing today.
by Webmaster
Jan 30, 2023 09:32:45 am.

Greasy stains around a gap about three quarters of an inch high between the roof sheathing and the fascia were evidence of a roof rat infestation in the attic of a house in Jasper, Georgia. A rat control crew from our North Georgia office is trapping and removing the rats and sealing rodents out of the house.
by Webmaster
Jan 27, 2023 07:37:09 am.

Rat rub marks on top of a pipe where it passes through a hole in the siding made it clear that a house in Woodstock, Georgia needed Norway rat control.
by Webmaster
Jan 27, 2023 07:30:54 am.

A rodent pest control doing Norway rat control in Suwanee, Georgia has trapped and removed the last of the rats from the crawl space and rodent-proofed the house. Now they're replacing the insulation that the rats pulled down from between the joists.
by Webmaster
Jan 25, 2023 09:42:36 am.

Rat droppings on the concrete floor of the crawl space under a house in Acworth, Georgia were evidence of a longstanding Norway rat problem. Our rodent pest control specialists are in the crawl setting traps to non-chemically treat the infestation, as well as sealing gaps in the foundation to rat-proof the house.
by Webmaster
Jan 25, 2023 09:33:25 am.

Lifting the shingle revealed a gap of about three quarters of an inch running the length of the roof that allowed tree rats into the attic of a house in Alpharetta, Georgia. Our rat control crew is covering the gap with a metal pest shield that will keep rodents out of the house.
by Webmaster
Jan 23, 2023 09:23:32 am.

A gap around some pipes and wires where they pass through a hole about the size of a tennis ball in the wooden siding allowed rats into a house in Snellville, Georgia. Proper rat control begins with sealing any potential entry gaps to non-chemically keep rodent pests out of the house.
by Webmaster
Jan 23, 2023 09:20:46 am.

Our non-chemical rodent control experts are installing a Ridge Guard pest barrier on the roof as the crowning touch of a Snellville, Georgia roof rat control job.
by Webmaster
Jan 19, 2023 10:47:56 am.

A rodent pest control crew doing Norway rat control at a Young Harris, Georgia home is sealing gaps around the air-conditioning pipes and wires where they pass through the cinder block foundation walls. Rodent-proofing is an essential part of non-chemical rat control.
by Webmaster
Jan 17, 2023 09:44:47 am.

A hole through the crawl space wall where a pipe used to pass through made it easy for rats to burrow through the soil and into the crawl space of a house in Suwanee, Georgia. Our rodent pest control specialists are busy trapping and removing the rats before they get into the house proper, and sealing all the holes in the foundation to rodent-proof the house.
by Webmaster
Jan 12, 2023 10:57:11 am.

A notch about an inch and a half square in the bottom of the garage door frame that doesn't appear to serve any purpose allowed Norway rats into a house in Carrollton, Georgia. A rat control crew from our North Georgia office is rodent-proofing the house and non-chemically eradicating the rats.
by Webmaster
Jan 12, 2023 09:59:18 am.

A gap between the window frame and the top of the window that the builder tried to hide with putty allowed roof rats into a house in Big Canoe, Georgia once the putty fell out. We're rodent-proofing the house as part of the rat control job.
by Webmaster
Jan 11, 2023 09:57:53 am.

Our non-chemical rodent pest control experts are all finished with a Hiawassee, Georgia roof rat control and animal-proofing job. They installed a metal pest barrier over the edges of the roof that will keep rodent pests and nuisance wildlife out of the attic.
by Webmaster
Jan 10, 2023 10:18:42 am.

Started off in Rome ga, raccoons in the crawl space, then headed to Atlanta, ga, rats in the attic
by Chris Collender
Jan 05, 2023 11:48:37 am.

Rats gnawed a hole through a rickety old plywood crawl space door to get into a house in Gainesville, Georgia. We have a rat control crew building and installing a new door that will make the house rodent-proof.
by Webmaster
Jan 03, 2023 09:50:45 am.

Happy New years, back at it, started off in Conyers ga, squirrels, then headed to Stone Mountain ga, rats in the attic, now In Gainesville ga, bats in the house
by Chris Collender
Jan 02, 2023 11:16:26 am.

Lifting the shingles revealed a gap of about an inch between the plywood roof sheathing and the wooden fascia that allowed roof rats into a house in Alpharetta, Georgia. Our rodent pest control crew is installing a metal pest barrier over the gap as part of the non-chemical rat control job.
by Webmaster
Dec 29, 2022 09:51:52 am.

The plastic roof ridge vent is coming detached and has a gap of about an inch underneath it that allowed roof rats into the attic of a house in Gainesville, Georgia. We're replacing the plastic vent with a steel Ridge Guard that will keep rodent pests and nuisance wildlife out of the attic.
by Webmaster
Dec 28, 2022 10:44:38 am.

Here's Wishing All of You a Merry Christmas from Rid-A-Critter!
by Webmaster
Dec 23, 2022 12:56:04 pm.

Leaving a few bricks out of brick foundations to vent the crawl space is a common building technique. But unless the holes are screened, they can allow rats into the house. That's why our rodent pest control team is doing Norway rat control at a house in Young Harris, Georgia on this cold December day.
by Webmaster
Dec 23, 2022 12:39:54 pm.

A foundation vent with no screen at all allowed Norway rats into the crawl space of a house in Villa Rica, Georgia. Our rat control crew is screening all the vents and using traps to non-chemically catch and remove the rats that already are in the house.
by Webmaster
Dec 22, 2022 12:17:57 pm.

A burrow in the surface of the filthy attic insulation was evidence of roof rats that needed to be trapped and removed from the attic of a house in Acworth, Georgia. The insulation itself will also have to be replaced because it's heavily contaminated with mouse droppings and urine.
by Webmaster
Dec 21, 2022 09:21:38 am.

Rain rain go away, i need to quote some houses today, started off Snellville ga, squirrels have chewed several new holes, paid 2 companies to do patch work , never works long term, why she called us, we will give her a permanent solution
by Chris Collender
Dec 20, 2022 12:54:00 pm.

Beautiful day but Baby, it’s cold outside. Started the day in Athens ga, rats, then headed to Brasselton, ga, rats, then headed over to Oxford, ga, squirrels. Good times
by Chris Collender
Dec 19, 2022 12:42:44 pm.

Back in conyers, ga today, seems to be busy over here, flyers in the attic, headed to Ellenwood, ga, square
by Chris Collender
Dec 16, 2022 09:53:13 am.

Beautiful day, had 2 stops in Dacula, ga. Rats and squirrels, headed to conyers, ga. For another squirrel job.
by Chris Collender
Dec 15, 2022 12:15:22 pm.

Roof rats gnawed a small hole through the wooden roof trim under the shingles right behind the rain gutter to get into the attic of a house in Alpharetta, Georgia. Our rodent pest control specialists will repair the damage as part of the rat control job.
by Webmaster
Dec 15, 2022 10:28:12 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, Ellijay, Flowery Branch, Gainesville, Jasper, Lawrenceville, Loganville, Macon, Milton, Norcross, Rome, Roswell, Suwanee, Villa Rica, Winston, Woodstock, Young Harris, and everywhere in between.

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