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How to Get Rid of Rats Permanently

Infrared photo of a rat walking upside-down on a joist

We use high-tech stealth technology to locate and eliminate rat problems

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 rat proof. The result: New rats move in almost as quickly as the old rats are killed, and you develop a lifetime relationship with your exterminator. He shows up every month to set out more poison, and you pay him 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 the region, and we got that way by doing things a bit differently. Unlike most rat exterminators, we emphasize non-toxic rat control, as consistent with our Integrated Pest Management philosophy. We emphasize rat trapping, habitat modification, and rodent exclusion ("rat-proofing") to keep rodents 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. 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.

We also utilize high-tech methods, such as a motion-activated, infrared camera, to determine how many rats there are and 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, just 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.

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. The pictures on the right 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.

Advantages of Non-Toxic Rat Control

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.

Integrated Pest Management and Rat Control

There are some rat control situations in which the selective and judicious use of rodenticides (rat poisons) makes sense. 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:

Rat Control Gallery

Here are some pictures of rat control jobs we've done.

Rid-A-Critter has locally-based rat control specialists living and working throughout our service area. We have the tools and personnel to handle any rat control or mouse control job, so please call us today for a no-obligation consultation.


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Serious Rat Problem in the Garage of a House in Roswell, Georgia
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Here's a Very Serious Rat Problem in the Attic of a House in Menlo, Georgia
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Here's the Rat Entry Point into a House in Acworth, Georgia
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Here are Tim and Jason at the Georgia Certified Pest Control Operators Convention
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Chris Found the Rat Entry Hole in a House in Murrayville, Georgia
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Chris Found Roof Rat Damage to Pipe Insulation in an Attic in Alpharetta
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This Rat in Dunwoody, Georgia has a Sweet Tooth
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Here's a Fire Waiting to Happen Due to Rats in an Attic in Suwanee, Georgia
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This DIY Rat-Proofing Attempt in Griffin, Georgia was an Epic Fail
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Chris Found the Roof Rat Entry Gap into a House in Woodstock, Georgia
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Here We Have a Handyman Rat-Proofing Fail in Cumming, Georgia
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Here's Another DIY Rat-Proofing Fail in Alpharetta, Georgia
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Here's How Rats Got Into a House in Cartersville, Georgia
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Here's the Roof Rat Hole at a Dacula, Georgia Rat Control Job
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Here's a Picture of a Rat Hole in a House in Ellijay, Georgia
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The Rats Chewed on the Wires in an Attic in Roswell, Georgia
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Here's a Norway Rat Hole in a Crawl Space Vent in Griffin, Georgia
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A Rat Gnawed a Hole in a Foundation Vent in Griffin, Georgia
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Rid-A-Critter provides non-chemical rat extermination in all of North Georgia, including Athens, Atlanta, Alpharetta, Canton, Carrollton, Cartersville, Columbus, 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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