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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'll be heading to Bent Tree, Georgia in the morning to close up gaps in the roof of a house to keep roof rats out of the attic.
by Webmaster
Sep 27, 2020 07:27:11 pm.

Our North Georgia office is scheduled to do a non-chemical rat control job at a house in Flowery Branch. The rats are getting into the attic through gaps in the edge of the roof. We'll trap and remove the rats and seal the gaps to keep them out.
by Webmaster
Sep 27, 2020 07:23:06 pm.

We have a crew trapping rats and closing up gaps in the roof to keep roof rats out of the attic of a house in Dunwoody, Georgia. The rats are getting in through a gap between the soffit and the shingles at a roof junction.
by Webmaster
Sep 24, 2020 09:48:26 am.

We have a crew working at a house in Woodstock, Georgia closing up the gaps in the edges of the roof to keep roof rats and other animals out of the attic.
by Webmaster
Sep 23, 2020 09:01:52 am.

Norway Rat Hole in the Basement of a Commercial Building in Alpharetta, Georgia
by Webmaster
Sep 22, 2020 09:45:15 am.

We're on our way to Jasper, Georgia to seal the edges of the roof of a house in keep roof rats from getting into the attic, and to trap and remove the rats that are already up there.
by Webmaster
Sep 18, 2020 11:31:42 am.

Why This House in Dunwoody, Georgia Needs Roof Rats Removed from the Attic
by Webmaster
Sep 18, 2020 11:14:45 am.

Typical Norway Rat Hole into a House in Lawrenceville, Georgia
by Webmaster
Sep 18, 2020 11:08:54 am.

We have a crew closing up all the gaps in the roof to keep roof rats out of the attic of a house in Dunwoody, Georgia. The rats are getting into the attic through a gap under the shingles at the edges of the roof.
by Webmaster
Sep 17, 2020 11:18:12 am.

Undeniable Evidence of Roof Rats in the Attic of a House in Canton, Georgia.
by Webmaster
Sep 17, 2020 11:14:59 am.

Our North Georgia office has technicians rat-proofing a house in Cumming, Georgia. Rat exclusion (sealing rats out of a building without using poisons) is the safest, most-effective, and longest-lasting way to do rat control.
by Webmaster
Sep 16, 2020 10:07:41 am.

We have technicians doing a non-chemical rat-control job at a warehouse in Norcross. We use no rodenticides inside buildings, and exterior bait stations only when required by law or industry standards. They're unnecessary if the building is rat-proof.
by Webmaster
Sep 16, 2020 09:42:33 am.

A Norway Rat Gnawed its Way into the Garage of this House in Ellijay, Georgia
by Webmaster
Sep 14, 2020 10:39:45 am.

Headed down south today to Albany Ga to give a quote for a bat exclusion. Animals in the attic scratching and bats are keeping the customers up at night. Time for us to step in.
by Jason Arruda
Sep 10, 2020 09:42:30 am.

Our North Georgia Office is sending a team to trap and remove roof rats from the attic of a house in Sugar Hill, Georgia, and seal up all the gaps in the roof to keep rats and other animals out of the attic.
by Webmaster
Sep 09, 2020 10:49:43 am.

Norway Rats Chewed their Way into the Garage of this House in Suwanee, Georgia
by Webmaster
Sep 09, 2020 10:43:06 am.

We Found Roof Rat Prints in the Dust in the Attic of a House in Woodstock, Georgia
by Webmaster
Sep 08, 2020 09:56:31 am.

Our North Georgia office has specialists non-chemically trapping and removing roof rats from the attic of a house in Cumming, Georgia, and sealing along the edges of the roof to keep rats and other rodents out of the attic.
by Webmaster
Sep 04, 2020 10:21:37 am.

A homeowner called and told us that he has roof rats in the attic of his Loganville, Georgia home. We're sending a crew to non-chemically trap and remove the rats, and seal around the edges of the roof to keep animals out of the attic.
by Webmaster
Sep 03, 2020 09:50:39 am.

Our North Georgia office has a crew sealing gaps around the edges of the roof to keep roof rats out of the attic of a house in Lawrencville, Georgia.
by Webmaster
Sep 03, 2020 09:46:53 am.

Today we'll be screening the ventilation openings in the block foundation of house in Carrollton, Georgia to keep rats and other animals out of the crawl space.
by Webmaster
Sep 03, 2020 09:44:14 am.

We have an inspector on his way to Norcross to check on what sounds like a rat hole chewed through the lid of a dumpster behind a retail building.
by Webmaster
Sep 02, 2020 11:23:17 am.

Well-Used Roof Rat Gap into the Attic of a House in Wildwood, Georgia
by Webmaster
Sep 02, 2020 11:17:05 am.

We have technicians dealing roof rats out of a warehouse in Norcross, Georgia. The rats are getting in through the gaps between the corrugated metal walls of the building and its roof, so there are a lot of gaps to seal.
by Webmaster
Sep 02, 2020 11:13:49 am.

This was How Norway Rats Got into this House in Dunwoody, Georgia
by Webmaster
Sep 01, 2020 10:43:25 am.

This Stone House in Young Harris, Georgia Needs Rats Sealed Out of the Attic
by Webmaster
Aug 31, 2020 10:34:19 am.

Our North Georgia office has a team rat-proofing a house in Temple, Georgia today. The rats got in through the foundation vents, so we'll be screening them to seal the rats out of the house, among other rat-exclusion measures.
by Webmaster
Aug 31, 2020 10:24:50 am.

We have a team on their way to trap and remove roof rats from the attic of a house in Dunwoody, Georgia, and seal around the roof to keep rats and other animals out of the attic of the house.
by Webmaster
Aug 28, 2020 09:51:34 am.

A Gap in the Roof Allowed Rats into the Attic of a House in Carrollton, Georgia
by Webmaster
Aug 27, 2020 08:05:14 am.

We're on our way to replace the weather seal on a garage door and seal around the foundation to keep rats from getting into a house in Alpharetta, Georgia.
by Webmaster
Aug 24, 2020 10:52:00 am.

Our North Georgia office is working at a house in Cumming, Georgia sealing the edges of the roof to keep roof rats out of the attic. They've already trapped and removed the rats that were already there.
by Webmaster
Aug 21, 2020 11:09:26 am.

Here's Why this House in Morganton, Georgia Has a Problem with Norway Rats
by Webmaster
Aug 19, 2020 09:35:02 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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