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.
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.
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.
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:
Here are some randomly-selected pictures of rat control jobs we've done in North Georgia.
Norway rat droppings in Winston
Rat damage to air-conditioning line in Big Canoe
Rat rub marks on a porch in Buford
Gap found at a Sharon, GA rat control job
Roof rat hole in a house in Dunwoody
How rats got into this house in LaGrange
Hephzibah, Georgia rat extermination job
DIY rat-proofing fail in Alpharetta
Rats chewed up a plastic owl in Snellvile
Rat hole in a house in Woodstock
Roof rat hole in a house in Snellville
Roof rat chew hole in a house in Dunwoody
Rat droppings on a water heater in Woodstock
DIY Rat Control Attempt in Roswell, Georgia
Roof rat damage to a heating duct
How roof rats got into a house in Cartersville
Bouncy ball chewed by rats in Villa Rica, Georgia
Well-hidden rat entry point in Big Canoe
Rat entry hole in a house in Oxford
How rats got into a house in Alpharetta
Rat burrows in the insulation in Acworth
Huge rat entry point in a house in Cataula
Tiny roof rat entry gap in Sharpsburg
Roof rat damage to pipe insulation in Canton
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.