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Rat Removal and Rat-Proofing in North Georgia

Young rat in a cage trap facing the camera after being trapped and removed from a house by a pest control company.

At Rid-A-Critter, we make a science out of pest 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. Our organic approach to rat extermination is safer, more environmentally friendly, and more permanent than using poisons.

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 extermination using 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 pest 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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Rainy day, started out in Duluth, ga, snakes found in the house, then headed to doraville ga, squirrels again, then 2 stops in Atlantic ga, rats. Busy day
by Chris Collender
Dec 05, 2022 03:25:03 pm.

Droppings scattered on the foam insulation between the joists were evidence of roof rats that need to be trapped and removed from the attic of a house in Carrollton, Georgia. Our rat control crew will have to remove the insulation to find and seal the rat entry points and rodent-proof the attic. Then they'll replace the insulation.
by Webmaster
Dec 05, 2022 08:37:47 am.

Someone pushed a flexible pipe of some sort through the foundation vent, which detached the screen from the lattice and allowed rats into a house in Clayton, Georgia. Our rat control experts are rodent-proofing the house so the rat infestation can be treated without using poisons.
by Webmaster
Dec 01, 2022 10:25:01 am.

Glad the rain stopped yesterday, we stood in Atlanta, ga. rats and squirrels, then headed to Duluth ga, squirrels again, then to Marietta ga, rats. Another good day
by Chris Collender
Dec 01, 2022 07:20:51 am.

We have a rodent pest control crew in a crawl space doing Norway rat control in Young Harris, Georgia today. They're using traps to non-chemically eradicate the rat infestation, and rodent-proofing the house to prevent future problems.
by Webmaster
Nov 30, 2022 09:42:51 am.

A non-chemical rodent pest control crew working out of our North Georgia office is doing Norway rat control in Young Harris. Most of the job will consist of sealing numerous gaps in the stone foundation to rodent-proof the house. The existing rat problem will be treated without any poisons, using trapping and removal.
by Webmaster
Nov 29, 2022 10:48:52 am.

Happy thanksgiving to all, it’s back to work, was in Decatur ga, rats, to off to McDonough ga, rats again, the headed to Douglasville ga, for grey squirrels, then I just left Carrollton ga, bats in attic
by Chris Collender
Nov 28, 2022 12:25:45 pm.

The management, staff, and logo animals of Rid-A-Critter wish all of our customers, suppliers, and Web site visitors a Happy and Save Thanksgiving holiday. Happy Thanksgiving from Rid-A-Critter
by Webmaster
Nov 23, 2022 10:05:14 am.

Rodent pest control technicians from our North Georgia office are installing a metal barrier to cover a gap in the edge of the roof as part of a Cumming, Georgia roof rat control job. Trapping and removing rats from the attic is kind of pointless unless you also rodent-proof the roof to prevent future infestations.
by Webmaster
Nov 22, 2022 09:50:15 am.

Cold day yesterday, started in Cedartown ga, squirrels in the soffits, had them last year, he tried to fix it himself last year, didn’t work. Headed to Mableton ga, squirrels again, then 2 stops in Marietta ga
by Chris Collender
Nov 22, 2022 08:21:48 am.

Rainy day, started off in Cleveland ga, bats in the ridge vents, then headed down to Atlanta ga, rats in the basement, then off to Douglasville ga, squirrels chewing holes threw customers shingles
by Chris Collender
Nov 15, 2022 03:36:15 pm.

It’s a cold Monday, was out in Monroe ga this morning, customer has had a constant issue with squirrels, then out 3 jobs in Atlanta ga, rats rats rats.
by Chris Collender
Nov 14, 2022 11:51:04 am.

Busy day yesterday, started off in Hoschton ga, rats, then out to a rental property in Atlanta, rats, then to Jonesboro ga, rats, then up to Athens ga, squirrels, good times.
by Chris Collender
Nov 10, 2022 10:19:13 am.

Was out in ellijay ga today, rats in crawl space, then headed to Hiawasse ga, flyers in attic, in Athens ga now, raccoons in a house
by Chris Collender
Nov 08, 2022 11:38:20 am.

Norway rats gnawed the edges off the lid of a cardboard box that was stored in a closet at a house in Rome, Georgia. A rat control crew from our North Georgia office is at the house non-chemically treating the rat infestation and rodent-proofing the house.
by Webmaster
Nov 08, 2022 11:01:28 am.

A non-chemical rodent and wildlife control crew doing roof rat control in Alpharetta, Georgia will be installing an animal barrier to cover a gap in the edge of the roof and keep wildlife and pests out of the attic. You can't permanently get rid of roof rats without sealing them out of the attic.
by Webmaster
Nov 04, 2022 06:25:10 am.

A foundation vent cover that wasn't secured properly fell off the brick wall, which is why our rodent pest control experts will be doing Norway rat control in Snellville, Georgia this morning. This is the time of year when rats are highly motivated to get into houses for the winter.
by Webmaster
Nov 04, 2022 06:16:50 am.

Did a quote yesterday in Watkinsville, ga bats, and a quote for snakes, different houses, then off the Athens, ga snakes in a crawl space, has mice too. Then over to Covington, squirrels in the attic
by Chris Collender
Nov 03, 2022 09:32:16 am.

A rodent control team doing roof rat control in Young Harris, Georgia are installing a metal pest and animal barrier on the edges of the roof to keep rats and other rodent pests and nuisance animals out of the attic. We treat rat problems without using poisons.
by Webmaster
Nov 02, 2022 10:03:19 am.

Our rodent pest control specialists discovered heavy greasy rub marks on the PVC pipes in the attic at a roof rat control job in Sharpsburg, Georgia. That's a sign that the rats have been up there for quite some time and should have been exterminated a long time ago.
by Webmaster
Nov 02, 2022 09:52:18 am.

A pest control crew doing Norway rat control in Roswell, Georgia is sealing a gap in the foundation where various pipes pass through to rodent-proof the house. You can't permanently eliminate a rat infestation without excluding the rats from the building.
by Webmaster
Nov 02, 2022 09:42:23 am.

A Gap of About an Inch and a Half Between the Soffit and the Brick Wall is the Reason Why We're Doing Roof Rat Control in Suwanee, Georgia Today
by Webmaster
Nov 01, 2022 10:52:57 am.

A crew of non-chemical rodent pest control specialists are doing Norway rat control in Rome today. This is the time of year when rodents are frantically looking for places to spend the winter. Sealing them out of your house is the only permanent way to prevent them from making your home their home.
by Webmaster
Nov 01, 2022 10:31:04 am.

Was in Sharpsburg ga, squirrels are chewing threw the shingles to get into the attic, then off to Fayetteville ga, bats in the attic. Headed to Duluth ga, squirrels chewing threw the roof junctions and now in Atlanta ga, for rats
by Chris Collender
Oct 31, 2022 01:43:13 pm.

Went to Rome ga, squirrels for years, then off to Stone Mountain ga, previous customer new house, squirrels again. Headed to Bishop ga, guess for what, squirrels. Seems like theme
by Chris Collender
Oct 26, 2022 01:29:38 pm.

The gaps around pipes passing through baseball-sized holes cut into the siding explain why our non-chemical rodent pest control professionals are doing Norway rat control in Carrollton, Georgia today. The rats squeezed through the gaps to get into the house.
by Webmaster
Oct 26, 2022 10:27:33 am.

Our Rodent Pest Control Professionals are Correcting a Handyman's Roof Rat Exclusion Attempt at a Roswell, Georgia Home
by Webmaster
Oct 26, 2022 09:37:13 am.

Back at in, was in McDonough ga for squirrels and presences of bats, off the Athens ga for squirrels in a metal roof, over to Gainesville ga, previous customer, we sealed his other house, has flyers in his new house, now headed to Atlanta
by Chris Collender
Oct 24, 2022 01:35:08 pm.

A rodent pest control crew from our North Georgia office is doing roof rat control in Norcross today. We treat roof rat infestations without using any poisons by trapping and removing the rats and rodent-proofing the house. It's a safer, more-effective, and more-permanent solution to a rat problem.
by Webmaster
Oct 24, 2022 10:41:32 am.

Another busy day, Conyers ga for birds, then to peachtree city ga, bats/rats , headed to Atlanta ga and then to Decatur. Good times
by Chris Collender
Oct 21, 2022 03:14:28 pm.

A rodent pest control technician doing Norway rat control in Roswell, Georgia is using his masonry skills to patch a gap around a pipe where it passes through a brick wall. The gap around the pipe is allowing rats into the house.
by Webmaster
Oct 18, 2022 07:59:56 am.

The opening to a burrow in the insulation a little bigger than a golf ball and the droppings and urine in the insulation were evidence of roof rats that needed to be removed from the attic of a house in Acworth, Georgia. Our rat control crew will replace the insulation once all the rats have been trapped and removed and the house has been rodent-proofed.
by Webmaster
Oct 14, 2022 10:03:19 am.

Rid-A-Critter provides non-chemical pest rat extermination in all of North Georgia, including Athens, Atlanta, Alpharetta, Canton, Carrollton, Cartersville, Cumming, Dacula, Doraville, Ellijay, Flowery Branch, Gainesville, Jasper, Lawrenceville, Loganville, Macon, Milton, Norcross, Rome, Roswell, Suwanee, Villa Rica, Winston, Woodstock, Young Harris, and everywhere in between.

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