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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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The space around two air-conditioning pipes where they pass through a square hole in the vinyl siding allowed Norway rats into a house in Sharpsburg, Georgia. We have a rodent pest control non-chemically treating the rat infestation and rodent-proofing the house for long-lasting rat and mouse prevention.
by Webmaster
Aug 03, 2022 09:49:03 am.

Busy day yesterday, was out in snellville for rats, then out to Bethlehem, Watkinsville and Athens all for bats
by Chris Collender
Aug 02, 2022 11:53:29 am.

Norway rats chewed one of the horizontal dividers off the lattice of the foundation vent cover and pushed the corner of the screen inward to get into a brick house in Young Harris, Georgia. Our rodent pest control technicians are using traps to non-chemically treat the rat infestation, and rodent-proofing the house to prevent future problems.
by Webmaster
Jul 29, 2022 09:08:02 am.

Rats gnawed the insulation off the air-conditioning pipes where they pass under a hood and through the siding to get into a house in Flowery Branch, Georgia. We're using traps to non-chemically eliminate the rat infestation, and rodent-proofing the house to prevent future problems.
by Webmaster
Jul 29, 2022 08:45:29 am.

The droppings on top of an outdoor air-conditioning unit near the hole in the brick wall where the pipes pass through into the house made it obvious how Norway rats were getting into a house in Madison, Georgia. We're treating the rat infestation non-chemically using trapping, removal, and exclusion.
by Webmaster
Jul 29, 2022 08:36:47 am.

Bats are flying high, was in Monroe twice for bats in the gables/house, then off to Kennesaw where the bats where in the freeze boards.
by Chris Collender
Jul 28, 2022 12:05:24 pm.

Our rodent pest control technicians first had to treat a wasp nest before sealing around a pipe where it passes through a three-inch square hole in the wall. It was allowing Norway rats into a house in Hiawassee, Georgia. That happens a lot this time of year.
by Webmaster
Jul 25, 2022 09:38:34 am.

Bits of shredded pipe insulation nibbled off the air-conditioning lines were evidence of roof rats that need to be trapped and removed from the attic of a house in Big Canoe, Georgia. We perform roof rat control without using any poisons.
by Webmaster
Jul 22, 2022 09:50:19 am.

Norway rats gnawed a fist-sized hole through the insulated vapor barrier to get into the crawl space of a house in Acworth, Georgia. We're setting traps to trap and remove the rats without chemicals, and rodent-proofing the house for long-lasting protection again rats and mice.
by Webmaster
Jul 21, 2022 11:45:28 am.

The reason one of our rodent pest control crews is doing Norway rat control in Canton, Georgia today is because the home builder turned a few cinder blocks sideways to vent the crawl space, but didn't bother screening them to keep rats and other rodent pests out of the house.
by Webmaster
Jul 19, 2022 11:06:52 am.

Dirty tunnels through the urine-stained attic insulation were proof positive of roof rats that need to be caught and removed from the attic of a Dawsonville, Georgia home. We'll do the rat control job non-chemically using trapping and exclusion, without any poisons.
by Webmaster
Jul 19, 2022 10:29:51 am.

Norway rats started with an existing gap under the garage door and gnawed out a fist-sized notch in the trim over the door track to get into a house in Dawsonville, Georgia. Our rodent pest control team is adjusting the door and replacing the trim as part of the non-chemical rat control job.
by Webmaster
Jul 19, 2022 10:20:18 am.

In Bishop ga, rats in a older home, next stop Athens ga, bats in the gables/ridge vents
by Chris Collender
Jul 19, 2022 09:31:22 am.

The reason the crawl space of a house in Rome, Georgia is full of rats is because there's a large gap around an electrical conduit and an air-conditioning pipe where they pass through the brick wall. It allowed Norway rats to easily get into the house. We're treating the rat problem using trapping, removal, and exclusion, with no poisons.
by Webmaster
Jul 14, 2022 10:26:48 am.

Busy day, bats in Hampton, then off to Greensboro ga, bats again, bats in loganville, and now off to squirrels in Buford
by Chris Collender
Jul 12, 2022 11:55:56 am.

A gap in the stone foundation about the size of a brick where the air-conditioning pipes and wires pass through is why our rodent pest control technicians are in a crawl space doing Norway rat control at a house in Rome, Georgia. Gaps like that which are close to the ground are very inviting to Norway rats, who are not especially good climbers.
by Webmaster
Jul 12, 2022 09:19:50 am.

The screen behind the lattice of a metal foundation vent is completely missing. That allowed Norway rats to easily get into the crawl space of a house in Jasper, Georgia. Our rodent pest control crew will screen the vents from the outside as part of a non-chemical rat control and exclusion job.
by Webmaster
Jul 12, 2022 09:04:05 am.

Droppings and urine on top of a water heater were evidence of a rat problem that needs to be addressed in a house in Jasper, Georgia. Our rat pest control crew will non-chemically eliminate the rat infestation using trapping and removal, and rodent-proof the house to prevent future problems.
by Webmaster
Jul 11, 2022 10:49:47 am.

The droppings in the insulation were sufficient evidence of an infestation of roof rats that need to be removed from the attic of a house in Buford, Georgia. A rodent-control team from our North Georgia office is treating the rat problem non-chemically, using trapping, removal, and exclusion to eradicate the rats.
by Webmaster
Jul 06, 2022 11:06:42 am.

Our North Georgia rodent pest control crew is busy doing roof rat removal at a house in Madison. They're setting traps to non-chemically eliminate the rat infestation, and animal-proofing the roof to keep nuisance wildlife and rodent pests out of the attic.
by Webmaster
Jun 30, 2022 11:07:41 am.

The crawl space of a house in Acworth, Georgia is infested with Norway rats. Our non-chemical rodent control technicians are using traps to safely catch and remove the rats, and rodent-proofing the house to keep rats and mice out.
by Webmaster
Jun 29, 2022 10:24:04 am.

The gap around a condensate drain passing through a baseball-sized hole in the concrete foundation is the reason why our North Georgia rodent pest control professionals are doing Norway rat control at a Chatsworth, Georgia home today. Plumbers, air-conditioning installers, and electricians almost never bother sealing the holes they make in houses to keep rats and mice out.
by Webmaster
Jun 23, 2022 10:52:47 am.

A wildlife-removal crew from our North Georgia office is doing bat exclusion at a house in Madison today. Bat removal is accomplished by sealing the house so bats can't get back in after they leave to feed. We don't actively remove the bats. They remove themselves, and we lock them out.
by Webmaster
Jun 22, 2022 10:46:41 am.

Our Non-Chemical Rodent Pest Control Crew is Sealing a Gap Around a Gas Pipe Where it Passes through a Brick Wall, which is The Cause of the Infestation at a Hiawassee, Georgia Rat Control Job
by Webmaster
Jun 22, 2022 09:50:54 am.

We just got a call to go remove a rat snake from the crawl space of a Sharpsburg, Georgia home. Rat snakes are beneficial because they eat rodents. They're also non-venomous. Nonetheless, most people don't want even helpful snakes living in their homes. We have a technician on the way to catch and relocate the snake.
by Webmaster
Jun 20, 2022 11:11:30 am.

A rodent pest control crew from our North Georgia office are repairing water and rodent damage to the door frame as part of a Suwanee, Georgia rat control job. The water damage made it much easier for the rats to get into the house. They basically just poked their noses through the rotten wood.
by Webmaster
Jun 16, 2022 11:51:49 am.

If you want to know why our North Georgia rodent pest control crew is doing rat control in Temple today, it's because an improperly-installed foundation vent has a gap along the bottom that allowed rats into the house. You can't eliminate a rat infestation without rodent-proofing the home. Otherwise new rats will get in as soon as you remove the old rats.
by Webmaster
Jun 13, 2022 10:05:17 am.

The gaps around a round duct passing through a square hole in a cinder block are the reason we're doing Norway rat control in Adairsville, Georgia today. We're using traps to rapidly and non-chemically eliminate the rat infestation, and rodent exclusion to prevent future infestations.
by Webmaster
Jun 09, 2022 10:36:15 am.

This afternoon one of our pest control crews will be doing Norway rat control in the basement of a house in Buford, Georgia. The bats got in through a gap around the a propane pipe passing through the wall of the house right over the sill plate. A one-inch pipe passing through a four-inch hole leaves plenty of space for rats to get into a house.
by Webmaster
Jun 06, 2022 09:59:32 am.

A pest control crew from our North Georgia office is doing roof rat control in the attic of a Canton home today. We do non-chemical roof rat control using trapping and exclusion, which provides a more-permanent solution to the rodent problem without the risks associated with rat poisons.
by Webmaster
Jun 06, 2022 09:55:33 am.

A rodent pest control team doing rat control in Canton, Georgia have trapped and removed the last of the rats from the house. They've also sealed all the potential rodent-entry gaps to prevent future rat or mouse problems.
by Webmaster
Jun 03, 2022 09:00:35 am.

Water rot to the wooden garage door frame created a dome-shaped hole that Norway rats used to get into a house in Lawrenceville, Georgia. Our pest control technicians will address the water problem and repair the damage as part of the rat control and rodent-exclusion job.
by Webmaster
May 31, 2022 11:52:04 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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