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 or building rat proof. The result of using poisons to kill rats without doing the more difficult and important work of rat exclusion is that new rats will move in almost as quickly as the old rats are killed. You'll develop a lifetime relationship with your exterminator because the rat problem will never be solved. Instead, your exterminator will show up every month to set out more poison, and you pay the exterminator 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 North Georgia, and we got that way by doing things differently. Unlike most rat exterminators, we practice non-toxic rat control, as is consistent with our Integrated Pest Management philosophy. We emphasize rat trapping, habitat modification, and rodent exclusion ("rat-proofing") to keep rats 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. That's a good thing. 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.
When needed, we also utilize high-tech methods, such as motion-activated, infrared cameras, to determine how many rats there are and just 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 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. 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.
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, such as when there is extensive Norway rat burrowing outside a home or commercial building. 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 on North-Central Georgia.
Roof rat entry gaps in Alpharetta
Rat chew hole into a garage in Bremen
Roof rat entry point into a house in Woodstock
Roof rat entry point under an attic fan mounting
Roof rat hole in a house in Acworth
How rats got into this house in Suwanee
Rat nest inside a wall in Powder Springs
Rat entry hole into a Snellville home
Example of stone-age rat-proofing technology
Rats chewed through this vent in Alpharetta
Rat rub marks in an attic in Canton
Rat entry into a house in Lawrenceville
Rat entry hole in Roswell
Rats gnawed through this garbage pail in Roswell
Norway rat entry point at a house in Lawrenceville
Rat entry hole in a house in Carrolton
Rat damage to heating ducts in Big Canoe
Rat entry gap into crawl space in Doraville
Roof rat droppings in the attic of a Hiram Home
Evidence of rats in an attic in Alpharetta
Roof rat hole in a house in Roswell
Rats gnawed on wiring in a Powder Springs home
How roof rats got into a house in Ball Ground
Loose vent let rats get into a Flowery Branch home
How rats got into this house in Suwanee
How roof rats got into a house in Norcross
How rats got into a house in Villa Rica
Roof rat chew hole in a house in Dunwoody
Failed DIY rat-proofing in Lawrenceville
Rat entry gap in a house in Acworth
DIY rat-proofing fail in Griffen
How Norway Rats Got into an Attic in Alpharetta
Rid-A-Critter has locally-based rat control specialists living and working 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.