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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 have a team trapping and removing Norway rats from the crawl space of a house in Dunwoody, Georgia. The rats chewed their way through the plastic foundation vent covers into the crawl space.
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Jul 10, 2020 10:36:55 am.

Clear Evidence of a Rat Problem in the Crawl Space of a House in Carrollton, Georgia
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Jul 07, 2020 10:30:21 am.

Video of Bats Sealed Out of a House in Blairsville, Georgia
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Jul 02, 2020 10:24:35 am.

This was the Roof Rat Gap into the Attic of a House in Roswell, Georgia
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Jun 29, 2020 10:54:19 am.

We have a crew sealing rats out of a house in Lawrenceville, Georgia today. The homeowner first tried hiring a handyman, who tried sealing the rats out with insulating foam, which quite predictably failed.
by Webmaster
Jun 29, 2020 10:19:54 am.

One of our crews is replacing an old, rotted crawl space door to keep Norway rats out of a house in Colbert, Georgia. Once the rats are sealed out, we'll set traps to remove the rats that are already in the house.
by Webmaster
Jun 26, 2020 11:41:21 am.

Jason's Crew Cleaning Up After Rats at a Seed Laboratory
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Jun 26, 2020 10:54:10 am.

Here's How Norway Rats Got into a Brick House in Woodstock, Georgia
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Jun 25, 2020 11:03:43 am.

We're sending technicians over to a brick house in Woodstock, Georgia to seal a hole between the patio and the chimney that roof rats are using to get into the house.
by Webmaster
Jun 24, 2020 10:46:32 am.

Our North Georgia office is busy at work sealing rats out of the garage of a house in Gainesville. The rats chewed their way in through the garage door trim.
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Jun 24, 2020 10:43:46 am.

We got a call yesterday from a homeowner in Villa Rica who found Norway rats in the crawl space of his house. We're sending a crew there today to trap and remove the rats and seal them out of the crawl space.
by Webmaster
Jun 24, 2020 10:41:00 am.

Roof Rat Burrow in the Insulation in an Attic in Young Harris, Georgia
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Jun 24, 2020 10:25:46 am.

Jason and Justin Deodorizing an Attic After Animal Removal
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Jun 24, 2020 10:10:29 am.

We just got a call from a lady in Griffin, Georgia who says rats have been trying to chew their way into her garage. We're sending an inspector to check out the problem and come up with a rat-control plan.
by Webmaster
Jun 23, 2020 10:37:15 am.

Roof Rat Damage to the Roof of a House in Roswell, Georgia
by Webmaster
Jun 17, 2020 04:22:18 am.

We'll have technicians heading out later this morning to seal a roof to keep rats out of the attic of a house in Hiram, Georgia.
by Webmaster
Jun 17, 2020 04:16:34 am.

Norway rats are getting into a brick house in Villa Rica, Georgia. We're sending a crew to trap and remove the rats and seal the house so they can't get back in.
by Webmaster
Jun 16, 2020 11:04:14 am.

We Found Rat Damage to the Flexible Ducts in a House in Big Canoe, Georgia
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Jun 16, 2020 10:52:03 am.

We'll be replacing the plastic foundation vent covers with metal ones at a house in Rome, Georgia today to keep rats from getting into the crawl space.
by Webmaster
Jun 15, 2020 11:21:46 am.

Norway Rat Entry Gap into a House in Cumming, Georgia
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Jun 15, 2020 11:18:23 am.

We Found Evidence of Norway Rats Under the Deck of a House in Dunwoody, Georgia
by Webmaster
Jun 11, 2020 10:53:55 am.

We have a crew on their way to replace the bottom weather seal on a garage door to keep rats out of the garage of a house in Suwanee, Georgia.
by Webmaster
Jun 08, 2020 10:51:38 am.

Later today we'll be sending a crew to seal rats out of a house in Wildwood, Georgia. The rats are getting in through the hole where the air-conditioning pipes pass through.
by Webmaster
Jun 05, 2020 06:26:47 am.

Video of Jason A Releasing an Opossum Removed from a House in Griffin, Georgia
by Webmaster
Jun 05, 2020 05:51:46 am.

Video of Serious Rat Damage at a Warehouse in Suwanee, Georgia
by Webmaster
Jun 04, 2020 10:54:35 am.

We have a crew heading out to seal holes in a brick house in Cumming, Georgia to keep rats out of the house.
by Webmaster
Jun 03, 2020 10:37:48 am.

Our Crew Inspecting a House in North Georgia for Roof Rats
by Webmaster
Jun 03, 2020 09:56:13 am.

Norway Rats Got into this House in Dawsonville, Georgia Through this Opening
by Webmaster
Jun 01, 2020 10:27:42 am.

Video of Tim and Justin Inspecting a House in Griffin, Georgia for Rats
by Webmaster
Jun 01, 2020 10:02:43 am.

Determined Norway Rats Got into the Crawl Space of this House in Dunwoody, Georgia
by Webmaster
May 29, 2020 10:32:33 am.

We're on our way to a house in Dalton, Georgia to repair damage that rats did to the garage door to get into the house. We'll also seal any other gaps we find to make the house rat-proof.
by Webmaster
May 29, 2020 10:28:55 am.

Here's a Human-Assisted Rat Entry into a House in Alpharetta, Georgia
by Webmaster
May 28, 2020 10:14:09 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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