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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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A gap in the weather seal on the bottom of a garage door is allowing Norway rats into a house in Norcross, Georgia. We have a rodent pest control crew replacing the door seal as part of the rat control and rodent-proofing job.
by Webmaster
May 10, 2022 10:11:56 am.

Heading to a snake call in Griffin Ga.
by Jason Arruda
May 09, 2022 02:31:20 pm.

Gaps between the brick foundation and the bottom of the porch overhang are allowing Norway rats into a house in Suwanee, Georgia. Our North Georgia rodent pest control team is sealing the gaps to exclude the rats and eliminate the infestation without using any poisons at all.
by Webmaster
May 09, 2022 10:47:04 am.

Water rot to the bottom of a wooden post created a gap that Norway rats used to get into a house in Woodstock, Georgia. Our rodent pest control crew will address the water problem and repair the damage as part of a non-chemical rat control and rodent-proofing job.
by Webmaster
May 09, 2022 10:16:51 am.

A gap around a PVC pipe where it passes through the foundation is why our North Georgia rat pest control staff are doing Norway rat control in Woodstock today. It's impossible to achieve effective rodent control without sealing rats and mice out of the house.
by Webmaster
May 06, 2022 09:49:29 am.

There is a gap of about an inch under an out-of-adjustment garage door that's allowing Norway rats into a house in Suwanee, Georgia. Our rat-control team will adjust the garage door to eliminate the gap and keep rodent pests out of the house.
by Webmaster
May 06, 2022 09:38:48 am.

Bats and carpenter bees are flying , Hampton to Ellen, off to demorest, snakes in Hoschton.
by Chris Collender
May 05, 2022 08:49:43 am.

A garage door that is crooked because it is out of adjustment created a gap under the left side that allowed Norway rats into a house in Young Harris Georgia. Our rodent pest control crew will adjust the door so it seals tightly against the pavement as part of the non-chemical rat-control and rodent-proofing job.
by Webmaster
May 03, 2022 10:39:07 am.

Bats and carpenter bees are in full effect, From Rome, ga to Hampton, ga, then off to Atlanta. Busy times
by Chris Collender
Apr 28, 2022 11:15:13 am.

Our rat pest control crew is repairing water damage to a window frame that allowed Norway rats into a house in Woodstock, Georgia. We perform rat control non-chemically, so repairing damage to exclude rodents from the house is something we do a lot of.
by Webmaster
Apr 28, 2022 10:15:31 am.

A contractor removed an entire cinder block from the foundation right under the sill plate to pass pipes and electrical conduit through. That also allowed Norway rats to get into a house in Rome, Georgia. Our rodent pest control team is non-chemically treating the rat problem and rodent-proofing the house.
by Webmaster
Apr 28, 2022 09:26:06 am.

A triangular gap between the roof fascia and shingles and the diagonal roof trim allowed roof rats into the attic of a house in Flowery Branch, Georgia. Our non-chemical rodent control crew is trapping and removing the rats and rodent-proofing the house.
by Webmaster
Apr 27, 2022 10:29:45 am.

A foundation vent that wasn't properly secured tipped inwards at the top, which created a gap that allowed Norway rats into a Madison, Georgia home. Our non-chemical rodent pest control crew is properly securing all the vents as part of the rat-control and rodent-exclusion job.
by Webmaster
Apr 27, 2022 09:33:20 am.

Our North Georgia Rodent Pest Control Crew is Patching a Man-Made Rat Hole through a Brick Wall at a House in Acworth, Georgia
by Webmaster
Apr 27, 2022 09:29:42 am.

The Norway rat infestation at a house in Suwanee, Georgia began when a six-inch section of the garage door weather seal broke and fell off. That created a literal open-door policy for rats and other rodents. Non-chemical pest control technicians from our North Georgia office are trapping and removing the rats and rodent-proofing the house.
by Webmaster
Apr 22, 2022 09:35:38 am.

A brick right under the sill plate somehow went missing and allowed Norway rats into the crawl space of a house in Canton, Georgia. Replacing the brick to keep rats out of the house will be easy enough, but we also have to non-chemically trap and remove the rats that already got into the crawl space.
by Webmaster
Apr 21, 2022 10:11:33 am.

The real estate agent arrived to show the home, only to find that the garage of a house in Big Canoe, Georgia was full of Norway rat droppings. A non-chemical rodent control crew from our North Georgia office is on their way to treat the rat problem and rodent-proof the house. I suspect the showing has been rescheduled.
by Webmaster
Apr 21, 2022 10:07:50 am.

Non-Chemical Rodent Pest Control Specialists are Sealing a Rodent Entry Gap in the Foundation at a Jasper, Georgia Norway Rat Control Job
by Webmaster
Apr 21, 2022 09:39:14 am.

Non-chemical rodent pest control technicians from our North Georgia office are doing rat control in Acworth today. The homeowner tried sealing the rats out using insulating foam, but the rats chewed right on through it.
by Webmaster
Apr 20, 2022 09:44:03 am.

One of our non-chemical rodent pest control crews is replacing the garage door weather seal as part of a rat control and rodent pest exclusion job at an Alpharetta, Georgia home. The rats already in the house are being treated using non-toxic trapping and removal.
by Webmaster
Apr 19, 2022 09:51:12 am.

One of Our Non-Chemical Rodent Pest Control Crews is Fixing a Handyman's Failed Attempt to Rat-Proof a House in Cumming, Georgia
by Webmaster
Apr 18, 2022 10:24:15 am.

A vertical gap between two sections of a brick foundation is allowing rats to get into the crawl space of a house in Canton, Georgia. A rodent pest control crew from our North Georgia office is sealing the gap as part of a non-chemical rat control and wildlife-exclusion job.
by Webmaster
Apr 14, 2022 09:25:55 am.

Busy critter day today, went to locus grove for some bats, Riverdale to get some squirrels, several Atlanta stops, of course rats, then ended in Marietta, rats again
by Chris Collender
Apr 11, 2022 07:25:46 pm.

Beautiful weather, bats are flying, and squirrels are breading, good times. Athens to snellville, over to Stone Mountain, then out to Atlanta
by Chris Collender
Apr 08, 2022 09:31:43 am.

The air-conditioning contractor noticed rat urine and droppings on the ducts in the attic of a house in Bent Tree, Georgia. We have a rodent pest control crew on their way to trap and remove the rats, and rodent-proof the roof to prevent future problems with attic-dwelling wildlife and pests.
by Webmaster
Apr 06, 2022 09:26:14 am.

One of our rodent pest control crews is doing non-chemical rat control in Sugar Hill, Georgia. They're rodent-proofing the house and using traps to eradicate the existing rat problem.
by Webmaster
Apr 06, 2022 08:39:34 am.

Rain, rain go away, Chris C wants to do Some quotes today, Morganton(flyers), Carrollton(rats), College Park(raccoons), Brookhaven(squirrels)
by Chris Collender
Apr 05, 2022 02:15:46 pm.

Norway rats burrowed under the frame of a crawl space door to get into a house in Canton, Georgia. Our non-chemical rodent pest control technicians are building a new, rat-proof door and frame; and using traps to treat the existing rat problem without using poisons.
by Webmaster
Apr 05, 2022 09:54:58 am.

Macon, Warner Robins, Perry and Forsyth Ga today bidding jobs and warranty services. Got crews all over south Ga as well sealing homes against bats and squirrels.
by Jason Arruda
Apr 04, 2022 02:12:52 pm.

Customer in Macon Ga.called in having issues with snakes entering her basement. Going out there now.
by Jason Arruda
Apr 01, 2022 10:28:59 am.

Mouse droppings in the pantry? Bats in the gables? Rats overtaking your living area? Squirrels nesting in your attic? Noises in the walls? Scratching noises coming from you attic? Snakes in your crawl space? We handle them all.
by Jason Arruda
Mar 31, 2022 04:29:56 pm.

Got critters? Squirrels, bats,rats, raccoons, birds etc. Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee give a call for a free consultation.
by Jason Arruda
Mar 31, 2022 12:34:04 pm.

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

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