Okay, we admit it: At Rid-A-Critter, we're obsessed with rat control. We make a science out of it. Really, we do.
Most rat exterminators kill rats by setting out rat poison, but they skip the more important, non-chemical part of rat control: making your home rat proof. The result: New rats move in almost as quickly as the old rats are killed, and you develop a lifetime relationship with your exterminator. He shows up every month to set out more poison, and you pay him every month to do it. Forever.
That's not how we work.
Rid-A-Critter is the largest and most well-established animal control company in the region, and we got that way by doing things a bit differently. Unlike most rat exterminators, we emphasize non-toxic rat control, as consistent with our Integrated Pest Management philosophy. We emphasize rat trapping, habitat modification, and rodent exclusion ("rat-proofing") to keep rodents out of your home or business, so "new" rats don't move in to replace the rats we catch and remove.
In fact, we complete most rat control jobs without using any poisons at all. Non-toxic rat control means reduced risk to humans, livestock, and pets, as well as less risk of rats dying inside your house and stinking it up.
We also utilize high-tech methods, such as a motion-activated, infrared camera, to determine how many rats there are and how they're getting into your home, as shown in the video on the top right. Using the "Rat Cam" allows us to be absolutely certain that we've found and repaired every hole, just to be sure that we've sealed the rats out of your house. (Click here and here for more Rat Cam videos.)
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.
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. The pictures on the right 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.
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.
In addition to being "green" and environmentally-friendly, 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.
There are some rat control situations in which the selective and judicious use of rodenticides (rat poisons) makes sense. But even in these situations, finding rat travel routes and using non-chemical control should be the primary rat control method. Rodenticides used only when absolutely needed.
Some situations in which rodenticide use is justified include:
Here are some pictures of rat control jobs we've done.
Young rat found at an Alpharetta rat control job
Rat damage to the duct work in Villa Rica
Rats chewed up these rain gutters in Villa Rica
Alpharetta roof rat control job
Rat entry point into a house in Blue Ridge
Old roof rat entry hole at a house in Canton
Rat hole into a house in Blue Ridge, Georgia
Rats chewed up downspout drain in Roswell
Rat entry hole into a house in Rome
Rat damage to the upholstery of a classic car
How NOT to seal rats out of your home
Rat burrows through insulation in Kennesaw
Rat-proofing a commercial building in Hampton
Rat damage to insulation in Lawrenceville
Young roof rat trapped in Woodstock, GA
Rat droppings on an A/C unit in Alpharetta
Rat hole in a house in Dacula, Georgia
Roof rat entry hole in a house in Acworth
Acorns found at an Alpharetta rat control job
Big rat hole found at Waleska rat control job
Rat entry point into a house in Norcross
Rat hole in the wall of a house in Dunwoody
Hephzibah, Georgia rat extermination job
Diet-conscious rats in Griffin
Rid-A-Critter has locally-based rat control specialists living and working throughout our service area. We have the tools and personnel to handle any rat control or mouse control job, so please call us today for a no-obligation consultation.