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Rodents and their Control

Rodents are members of the order Rodentia, which includes a great many animals, only a few of which are of importance as pests or nuisance wildlife. Their most notable common characteristic is a set of continually-growing incisors that must be kept short by gnawing, and which they use to gnaw through wood, break open food (such as nuts or seeds), and defend themselves against predators.

Rid-A-Critter is a regional animal control company. We have technicians living and working throughout North Georgia (including Atlanta, Athens, Macon, Roswell, Columbus, and everywhere nearby), as well as in the Birmingham, Alabama area.

This page is here to help you determine which rodents you may be having a problem with, because they do have a lot of characteristics in common.

Commensal Rodents: Norway Rats, Roof Rats, and House Mice

A USCDC chart illustrating the differences between roof rats, Norway rats, and mice.

There are many species of rodents, but three rodent species are of special public health importance in Georgia: the Norway rat, the roof rat, and the house mouse.

These three species are collectively known as "commensal rodents" because they tend to live in close proximity to humans and eat the same food as we do. The word "commensal" means "eating at the same table," and this sharing of food occurs when rodents eat food that we have stored for our own use (such as when mice get into the pantry and chew through the breakfast cereal boxes), or when they eat leftovers or discarded human or animal food (such as when rats eat out of a dumpster outside a restaurant). Rats and mice consume or contaminate countless millions of pounds of human and animal food every year by their feeding, droppings, and shed hair.

Rats and mice are also important vectors of many diseases, and can also cause physical damage and an increased risk of electrical fires through their incessant gnawing. In fact, the first exterminators were "rat catchers" whose job it was to reduce the rat population after the connection between rodents and bubonic plague was scientifically established.

We provide professional rat control and mouse control to homes and businesses in throughout our tristate service area.

Gray Squirrels

Gray Squirrels are among the most common nuisance animals in Georgia. Their excellent sense of balance and skill in climbing allow them to scoot up trees or the sides of buildings to gain access to homes and businesses. They are especially active in the fall and early winter, when their instincts tell them to start storing food (that's where the phrase "squirreling away" comes from) and to find a warm place to spend the winter.

Rid-A-Critter provides professional gray squirrel control, damage repair, and squirrel-proofing throughout our tristate service area.

Flying Squirrels

Flying squirrels have "wings" formed by skin extending between their legs and their bodies. This skin forms a parasail-like wing that enables them to leap from high places and glide fairly long distances. They can't take off and gain altitude like a bird or a bat can, however. Nonetheless, their impressive gliding ability allows flying squirrels to gain access to buildings through small openings that are very high up, making flying squirrel control and exclusion a challenge.

Rid-A-Critter provides professional flying squirrel control, damage repair, and squirrel-proofing throughout our tristate service area.

Rodent Control

To learn more about Rid-A-Critter's specific rodent control services, please contact us or visit the following pages:

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The snow didn’t stop me nor the animals, was in Hiawasse, Duluth, Snellville, and then Marietta
by Chris Collender
Jan 18, 2022 04:41:40 pm.

Will be a cold and windy day today. Guys will be out working hard to seal homes, preventing all kinds of pest animals from getting in. Animals like rats, mice, squirrels, raccoons and opossums want out of the cold too. Pest animals beware.
by Richard Adcock
Jan 17, 2022 06:39:14 am.

Pretty good day in the office yesterday. We accepted new pest animal removal jobs in Grayson, Athens, Duluth, Fayetteville, Chamblee, Marietta, Monroe & Canton to name a few. For the best pest animal control service call Ridacritter today!
by Richard Adcock
Jan 14, 2022 07:43:04 am.

Currently in Monroe ga, squirrel job, headed to Atlanta now for rats in the crawl space
by Chris Collender
Jan 13, 2022 10:01:40 am.

Quoted a house in flowery branch with rats, then Gainesville for flyers now off to Cummings for squirrels
by Chris Collender
Jan 10, 2022 09:29:58 am.

Baby it’s cold outside, lilburn, lawrenceville, and McDonough, all 3 calls where squirrels chewing threw the ceiling into the house
by Chris Collender
Jan 04, 2022 12:01:10 pm.

Beginning of another great year in the pest critter control, removal and prevention business. Call Ridacritter for a quote so you can be critter free. We service metro areas of Atlanta, Macon, Albany, Valdosta, Birmingham and many more.
by Richard Adcock
Jan 03, 2022 06:52:37 am.

We have new pest animal removal jobs in Birmingham, Lawrenceville, Hoover, Alpharetta, Marietta, Stonecrest and Smyrna to name a few. Crews will be providing free quotes for removal & prevention of critters in homes and attics.
by Richard Adcock
Dec 28, 2021 08:47:39 am.

Busy day after the Holidays, in Austell for snakes in the basement, then to Duluth and Stonecrest for squirrels, now on my way to Alpharetta for another quote
by Chris Collender
Dec 27, 2021 01:06:28 pm.

You don't have to share your home with pest animals like mice, rats, squirrels, raccoons, opossum or bats. Call Ridacritter for a free quote on pest animal removal and prevention. Over 20 years Ridacritter has been assisting home owners.
by Richard Adcock
Dec 23, 2021 10:43:26 am.

In Valdosta taking care of customers with rats and another with squirrels in the attic. Scratching noises prompted them to call us.
by Jason Arruda
Dec 22, 2021 12:37:31 pm.

Had a squirrel job this morning in McDonough, then had bats in the house in Atlanta
by Chris Collender
Dec 22, 2021 12:26:54 pm.

Its Christmas week and the Ridacritter techs are out there helping remove and prevent nuisance pest animals like rats, mice, squirrels, bats and raccoons. You dont have to share your attic or home with pest wildlife, call Ridacritter today.
by Richard Adcock
Dec 20, 2021 09:39:16 am.

Pest rodents like rats, mice & squirrels often move into homes in cold wet weather. Call Ridacritter for a free quote on removal and prevention of pest animals. Servicing metro Birmingham AL, Macon Ga, Athens Ga, Atlanta Ga, Albany Ga areas
by Richard Adcock
Dec 17, 2021 09:24:17 am.

Hearing noises in your home? That’s not Santa in your attic, that’s nuisance wildlife making their home home in your home! Give us call to schedule an estimate. We’ll have them out in no time!
by Amber A.
Dec 14, 2021 05:00:46 pm.

Quoted squirrels in conyers, now off to McDonough, more squirrels
by Chris Collender
Dec 13, 2021 10:15:26 am.

Busy day, quoted rats in Buford, squirrels in Atlanta and stonecrest, then finished the day in Marietta, bats. Lots to wildlife quotes
by Chris Collender
Dec 10, 2021 08:24:24 pm.

We can’t control the weather, but we do offer some great services for rat control, and for other nuisance wildlife. Give us a call today for a quote. We offer humane removal and excellent exclusion work!
by Amber A.
Dec 10, 2021 10:15:12 am.

Had a busy day yesterday. Lots of squirrel calls. In and around Hoover and Mountain Brook. Headed to Alabaster for wildlife activity in a person’s attic. He thinks he saw a chipmunk but my guess is flying squirrels.
by Chris Scott
Dec 09, 2021 08:12:47 am.

A Gap Along the Edge Of the Roof Told Our Wildlife-Removal Technicians Why a Hiawassee, Georgia Home Needs Squirrel Removal
by Webmaster
Dec 08, 2021 09:44:56 am.

Good morning! Pretty busy with wildlife exclusions today. I’m headed to Jacksonville to quote a house with squirrels. My bama crew are sealing houses in Tuscaloosa and Birmingham for raccoons and squirrels.
by Chris Scott
Dec 06, 2021 08:35:39 am.

Middle to South Georgia squirrels in the attic? Protecting homes since 2001 against wildlife. Everyone have a fun and safe weekend.
by Jason Arruda
Dec 03, 2021 03:50:03 pm.

Just finished up on a free quote in Albany Ga. Afterwards I was able to let the customer know that the noises they’ve been hearing are squirrels. Now headed to another in Macon Ga.
by Jason Arruda
Dec 01, 2021 11:07:54 am.

Good morning! Headed to Birmingham to quote a client with a multitude of rodent issues squirrels in the attic and rats in the crawl space. Then off to vestavia for squirrels and raccoons. Then to mccalla for more squirrels.
by Chris Scott
Dec 01, 2021 09:20:33 am.

The wildlife might be out of your house but they probably left something behind - like urine and feces, YUCK! Call us for quote to remove contaminated insulation and blow new back in! We can help!
by Amber A.
Nov 29, 2021 06:21:45 pm.

Outside wildlife is beautiful, but not so much if it’s in your home! We can help you keep the animals out! Give us a call for humane removal, and exclusion!
by Amber A.
Nov 19, 2021 09:33:12 am.

Busy day. In Tuscaloosa we have a customer with a bad wildlife problem. They have raccoons, rats, and squirrels. Got my crew in Birmingham for an exclusion for rats.
by Chris Scott
Nov 18, 2021 10:51:23 am.

Good morning everyone! Headed off to Birmingham lots of wildlife activity. My guys are sealing some houses today with raccoons and rats. Call Ridacritter (205) 490-6200 for any wildlife issues you have.
by Chris Scott
Nov 16, 2021 07:45:16 am.

Did you know mice don’t like the cold? If they choose your home to get warm in, give us a call. We can help!!
by Amber A.
Nov 15, 2021 06:59:47 pm.

Headed out to Alabaster and then Tuscaloosa. Got some quotes for customers with squirrel issues. Couple crews out sealing houses in the Birmingham area for some squirrel and mouse issues.
by Chris Scott
Nov 10, 2021 09:24:24 am.

Tail prints in the dust were the first clue of Norway rats that need to be removed from the crawl space of a house in Jasper, Georgia. Our technicians will use non-chemical pest control methods to catch and remove the rats and exclude them from the house.
by Webmaster
Nov 09, 2021 10:22:51 am.

It’s ok to get your Christmas decorations out of the attic a little early, but it’s not ok if you see some furry friends up there hiding in the boxes! If you have some extra visitors, give us a call!
by Amber A.
Nov 09, 2021 08:23:47 am.

Rid-A-Critter provides gray squirrel, flying squirrel, rat, and mouse control 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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