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Rat Removal and Rat-Proofing in North Georgia

Infrared photo of a rat walking upside-down on a joist

We use high-tech stealth technology to locate and eliminate rat problems

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.

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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We're finishing up a rat-removal and damage-repair job at a house in Big Canoe, Georgia. The rats were gnawing through the garage door frame to get into the house.
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Nov 25, 2020 10:46:56 am.

Our North Georgia office has technicians closing up the gaps around the roof to prevent squirrels from getting into the attic of a house in Flowery Branch, Georgia. We're also trapping and relocating the squirrels already in the attic.
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Nov 20, 2020 10:03:22 am.

We'll Close Up this Roof Rat Gap into the Attic of a House in Cumming, Georgia
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Nov 17, 2020 10:41:48 am.

We're have a rat-control team sealing the foundation of a house in Snellville, Georgia to keep Norway rats out of the house. Exclusion is the only way to permanently solve a rat problem.
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Nov 16, 2020 11:59:03 am.

Our North Georgia office has a crew repairing water and roof rat damage to the roof of a house in Suches, Georgia. Water and animal damage often occur in the same spots. We repair both before we call a job done.
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Nov 16, 2020 11:53:37 am.

We have a rat-control crew working to seal the gaps in the roof of a house in Dunwoody, Georgia to keep rats and other animals out of the attic.
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Nov 16, 2020 11:38:24 am.

We're on our way to seal up gaps in the crawl space that are allowing rats into a house in Suwanee, Georgia. The rats burrowed through the rubble floor and under the walls to get into the house. We'll trap them and seal them out.
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Nov 16, 2020 11:22:25 am.

A team from our North Georgia office is heading out to rat-proof a house in Alpharetta. We'll set traps to catch and remove the rats, and seal around the exterior of the house to prevent any more rats from getting in.
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Nov 10, 2020 10:38:29 am.

Another Failed DIY Rat-Proofing Attempt in Lawrenceville, Georgia
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Nov 10, 2020 10:29:11 am.

We have a rat-proofing job at a house in Carrollton, Georgia on the schedule. We'll be sealing gaps in the foundation all around the house to keep rats out of the crawl space.
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Nov 04, 2020 09:46:14 am.

We have a team setting traps to remove rats from the attic of a house in Cumming, Georgia; and closing up construction gaps along the edges of the roof to keep rats and other animals out of the attic.
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Nov 03, 2020 10:50:48 am.

A team of rat-control specialists is on their way to Cumming, Georgia to trap and remove roof rats from the attic of a house. They'll also animal-proof the roof to keep rats and other animals out of the attic.
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Nov 02, 2020 10:51:03 am.

A team from our North Georgia office is sealing all the gaps around the roof of a house in Roswell to keep roof rats out of the attic. We perform residential rat control without using any pesticides whatsoever.
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Oct 29, 2020 11:18:17 am.

This is Why this Brick House in Roopville, Georgia Has a Rat Problem
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Oct 29, 2020 11:12:09 am.

Man-Made Norway Rat Hole into a House in Snellville, Georgia
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Oct 29, 2020 10:49:41 am.

Our technicians are closing the gaps in the roof of a house in Bent Tree, Georgia to keep roof rats out of the attic. We're also trapping and removing the rats who are already living in there, without using any poisons at all.
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Oct 20, 2020 11:03:00 am.

We'll be going to seal Norway rats out of a house in Loganville, Georgia tomorrow. The rats are climbing up the air conditioning pipes and getting into the house through the hole in the siding that the pipes pass through.
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Oct 18, 2020 05:11:34 pm.

We'll be re-flashing part of the roof of a house in Dalton, Georgia to keep roof rats out of the attic. We're also setting traps to non-chemically remove the rats that are already there. We don't use poisons for residential rat control.
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Oct 16, 2020 09:47:32 am.

This is Why this House in Dalton, Georgia Needs Norway Rat Control
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Oct 16, 2020 09:18:13 am.

We have technicians sealing a construction gap under the porch of a house in Villa Rica, Georgia to keep Norway rats out of the house. Hidden gaps under porches and decks are among the more common ways that rats get into homes.
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Oct 15, 2020 10:33:07 am.

We have a team sealing the gap between the frieze board and the exterior walls to keep roof rats out of the attic of a house in Cumming, Georgia.
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Oct 14, 2020 10:20:59 am.

We have a technician heading up to Tunnel Hill, Georgia to trap and remove rats from a crawl space, and replace the crawl space door that the rats chewed through to get into the house.
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Oct 14, 2020 10:12:04 am.

One of our North Georgia animal-control crews is sealing the foundation of a house in Snellville to keep rats out of the house. We're also trapping and removing the rats that already got into the house.
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Oct 13, 2020 11:11:09 am.

Our North Georgia office is sending a rat-removal crew to rid the attic of a house in Snellville of a serious rat problem in the attic. We'll do it all non-chemically, using trapping and exclusion rather than toxic rodenticides.
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Oct 08, 2020 10:31:40 am.

Chris found evidence of a roof rat infestation in the attic of a house in Bent Tree, Georgia. We'll be sending a crew to non-chemically treat the rat problem, and close up the gaps in the roof to keep rats and other animals out of the attic.
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Oct 08, 2020 10:25:44 am.

We have a technician building a new crawl space door to replace an old, warped one that was letting mice into the crawl space of a house in Temple, Georgia. We'll also seal any other gaps we find to make the house mouse-proof.
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Oct 08, 2020 10:22:24 am.

We have a crew in Cumming, Georgia sealing roof rats out of the attic of a house. The rats gnawed their way in through the trim around the chimney.
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Oct 02, 2020 02:14:01 pm.

Our North Georgia office is closing the gaps in the edges of the roof to prevent roof rats from getting back in to the attic of a house in Lawrenceville. We'v already trapped and removed the rats that were already in the attic.
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Oct 01, 2020 11:24:11 am.

A homeowner called to tell us that she has rats getting into the crawl space of her Fairmount, Georgia home. We've sent an inspector to check it out and draw up a non-chemical rat removal plan, if necessary.
by Webmaster
Sep 29, 2020 08:35:59 am.

We have a crew replacing the crawl space door to keep rats out of a house in Carrollton, Georgia. The old door had a gap of several inches at the top that was allowing Norway rats into the crawl space of the house.
by Webmaster
Sep 29, 2020 08:30:53 am.

We'll be heading to Bent Tree, Georgia in the morning to close up gaps in the roof of a house to keep roof rats out of the attic.
by Webmaster
Sep 27, 2020 07:27:11 pm.

Our North Georgia office is scheduled to do a non-chemical rat control job at a house in Flowery Branch. The rats are getting into the attic through gaps in the edge of the roof. We'll trap and remove the rats and seal the gaps to keep them out.
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Sep 27, 2020 07:23:06 pm.

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, Kennesaw, Jasper, Lawrenceville, Loganville, Macon, Milton, Norcross, Rome, Roswell, Suwanee, Villa Rica, Winston, Woodstock, and everywhere in between.

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