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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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Comparison of DIY Versus Professional Rat-Proofing
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Aug 14, 2018 10:32:51 am.

Video of Roof Rat Damage to a Gable Vent
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Aug 13, 2018 12:33:01 pm.

This Shoddy Flashing Work Allowed Roof Rats into a House in Alpharetta
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Aug 10, 2018 08:02:41 am.

Well-Hidden Roof Rat Hole in a House in Blairsville, Georgia
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Aug 10, 2018 07:59:31 am.

Here's How Rats Got Into a House in Buford, Georgia
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Aug 10, 2018 07:50:50 am.

Norway Rat Hole in a House in Dunwoody
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Aug 08, 2018 10:46:34 am.

The Rats Were Getting Into This House Behind the Deck
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Aug 07, 2018 10:59:07 am.

Norway Rats Had Many Ways Into this House
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Aug 07, 2018 10:39:37 am.

Video Showing the Hidden Rat Entry Point Into a House
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Aug 07, 2018 10:35:34 am.

The Roof Rats Were Getting In Under the Ridge Cap
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Aug 06, 2018 10:35:22 am.

Very Shoddy Rat-Proofing by a Competitor
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Aug 06, 2018 10:32:42 am.

Here's a Roof Rat Hole in a House
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Aug 06, 2018 10:26:28 am.

Here's Justin Rat Proofing a Church
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Aug 06, 2018 10:21:06 am.

Brad Found Rat Burrows Outside a House
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Aug 06, 2018 10:18:31 am.

This Was the Roof Rat Entry Gap into a House in Buford
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Aug 02, 2018 10:27:44 am.

Tim Found a Norway Rat Hole into a House in Roswell, Georgia
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Aug 02, 2018 10:14:24 am.

Yet Another DIY Rat-Proofing Fail
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Aug 02, 2018 10:07:11 am.

Here's a Roof Rat Hole in a House in Alpharetta
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Aug 01, 2018 10:20:21 am.

Hungry Rat Nibbled on Two Georgia Peaches on a Kitchen Counter
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Aug 01, 2018 10:00:43 am.

This Video Shows How Norway Rats Were Getting Into a House
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Jul 30, 2018 10:53:45 am.

Here's the Roof Rat Entry Gap into a House in Norcross
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Jul 27, 2018 10:36:01 am.

Pictures from a Roof Rat Problem at a House in Rome, Georgia
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Jul 27, 2018 10:27:41 am.

Here's Brad Sealing Rats Out of a House
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Jul 26, 2018 10:39:43 am.

Here's the Roof Rat Entry Hole in a House in Roswell, Georgia
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Jul 24, 2018 10:29:31 am.

Norway Rats Were Getting Into This House Around the Gas Pipe
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Jul 24, 2018 10:20:32 am.

Here's a Video of Bats in a Gable Vent
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Jul 23, 2018 09:59:00 am.

An Animal Inspection Revealed a Crack in the Foundation
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Jul 23, 2018 09:51:02 am.

Here's a Picture of Jason and Justin on a Rat Control Job
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Jul 20, 2018 09:50:44 am.

This is How Roof Rats Got Into the Attic of a House in Canton
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Jul 19, 2018 10:11:35 am.

Serious Rat Damage to the Duct Work at a House in Winston, Georgia
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Jul 19, 2018 10:09:54 am.

Unfortunate Rat Electrocuted Itself Inside an Electric Range
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Jul 19, 2018 09:53:19 am.

There Can Be Many Hidden Animal Entry Points on a House
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Jul 18, 2018 09:57:01 am.

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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