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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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Hope everyone stayed dry from the rain but if you got flooded with animals we can get them out!
by Amber A.
Jun 21, 2021 06:32:40 pm.

New YouTube Video: Rodent Proofing a House in Douglasville, Georgia
by Webmaster
Jun 21, 2021 09:12:10 am.

We can remove animals from the structure, as well as seal up your home, but if those pesky critters left behind any excrement, we offer cleanup as well as insulation replacement! Call for a quote!
by Amber A.
Jun 18, 2021 06:34:50 pm.

Norway rats gnawed through the rubber weather seal on the bottom of the garage door to get into a house in Norcross, Georgia. We have a technician replacing the weather seal and adjusting the door to keep rats out of the house.
by Webmaster
Jun 16, 2021 10:34:24 am.

Happy Monday! Hope everyone has a wonderful and productive week! And if animals are keeping you up at night, give us a call!
by Amber A.
Jun 14, 2021 05:59:26 pm.

Hope everyone has a great weekend!!
by Amber A.
Jun 12, 2021 07:23:35 pm.

It’s a competition between bats and raccoons getting up in the attics the last few days! If it’s in your attic, we can get it!
by Amber A.
Jun 11, 2021 06:04:09 pm.

The rain seems to be driving the animals in! We can get them out!
by Amber A.
Jun 10, 2021 06:04:42 pm.

The rain doesn’t scare the animals away! If you’ve noticed one taking shelter in your home, give us a call!
by Amber A.
Jun 07, 2021 07:24:17 pm.

Rat-control technicians from our North Georgia office are replacing the weather seal on a garage door and adjusting its travel limits to keep Norway rats out of a house in Snellville, Georgia. They're also using traps to non-chemically remove the existing rats.
by Webmaster
Jun 04, 2021 09:16:05 am.

The rodents were on a mission this week! If they get in your house, we can help!
by Amber A.
May 28, 2021 06:45:33 pm.

A non-chemical rat control crew working out of our North Georgia office is sealing gaps in the foundation to keep Norway rats out of a house in Loganville, Georgia. We eliminate rat problems non-chemically, using trapping, removal, and exclusion.
by Webmaster
May 26, 2021 10:26:50 am.

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by Jason Arruda
May 25, 2021 02:16:41 pm.

Someone poked a large electrical conduit through the foundation vent cover at a house in Carrollton, Georgia, which created a gap that allowed Norway rats into the crawl space. We have a crew trapping and removing the rats and sealing them out of the house.
by Webmaster
May 25, 2021 11:07:11 am.

Hope everyone has a great weekend!
by Amber A.
May 21, 2021 06:06:17 pm.

Our rat-removal technicians are in the attic of a house in Madison, Georgia sealing up gaps to keep rats and other animals out of the house. They're also using traps to non-chemically catch and remove the rats that are already in the attic.
by Webmaster
May 18, 2021 11:23:52 am.

A team from our North Georgia office is treating a Norway rat problem in a shed attached to a house in Ranger, Georgia. The rats are in the process of gnawing a hole from the shed into the house proper. We'll stop that action in a hurry.
by Webmaster
May 18, 2021 11:12:38 am.

Today we have a challenging rat-removal job at an old house in Gainesville, Georgia. The house has a rubble foundation that's full of gaps that need to be sealed to keep Norway rats out of the house. It should be fun!
by Webmaster
May 17, 2021 10:21:17 am.

Happy Friday!! Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!
by Amber A.
May 14, 2021 06:04:38 pm.

I think there was more animal activity outside then inside today! If they get in, we can get them out!
by Amber A.
May 13, 2021 06:10:20 pm.

We have technicians sealing Norway rats out of the crawl space of a house in Alpharetta, Georgia. The rats are getting in through gaps in the sill plate. We're also setting traps to non-chemically catch and remove the existing rats from the house.
by Webmaster
May 13, 2021 10:33:41 am.

Cooler weather coming in means the animals coming in! We can help! :)
by Amber A.
May 11, 2021 06:58:32 pm.

Our technicians are sealing holes in the poured concrete foundation to keep rats out of the basement of a house in Dunwoody, Georgia. We have technicians with all kinds of building trades skills to address any rat-exclusion job.
by Webmaster
May 07, 2021 10:06:53 am.

We have a crew replacing a crawl space door and sealing gaps in the foundation to keep Norway rats out of a house in Acworth, Georgia. They're also using traps to non-chemically catch and remove the existing rats.
by Webmaster
May 07, 2021 09:59:59 am.

A non-chemical rat control crew from our North Georgia office is rat-proofing the foundation of a house in Buford, Georgia. They're also using traps to safely catch and remove the existing rats from the home.
by Webmaster
May 05, 2021 09:55:15 am.

One of our North Georgia rat-removal crews is setting traps to non-chemically treat a Norway rat problem at a commercial building in Carrollton, Georgia. They'll also be sealing the exterior of the building to make it rat proof.
by Webmaster
May 04, 2021 10:38:25 am.

Here's What Happens When a Trainee Drops His Cell Phone Inside a Wall
by Webmaster
May 04, 2021 10:23:55 am.

What a Monday! Hope everyone stays safe out there!
by Amber A.
May 03, 2021 06:03:57 pm.

Happy Friday! I hope everyone has a fabulous weekend!
by Amber A.
Apr 30, 2021 06:13:44 pm.

One of our crews is repairing roof rat damage in the attic of a house in Ellijay, Georgia as part of a comprehensive rat-removal and rodent-proofing job. They'll also be replacing the attic insulation.
by Webmaster
Apr 21, 2021 10:47:09 am.

Here's Why this Dunwoody, Georgia Home Needs Norway Rats Removed from the Crawl Space
by Webmaster
Apr 21, 2021 09:59:34 am.

We have a crew rat-proofing the roof of a house in Sharpsburg, Georgia. They're also setting traps to safely remove the roof rats that are already in the attic, without using any rodenticides or pesticides.
by Webmaster
Apr 19, 2021 10:42:16 am.

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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