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Rodents and their Control

Rodents are members of the order Rodentia, which includes a great many animals, only a few of which are of importance as pests or nuisance wildlife. Their most notable common characteristic is a set of continually-growing incisors that must be kept short by gnawing, and which they use to gnaw through wood, break open food (such as nuts or seeds), and defend themselves against predators.

Rid-A-Critter is a regional animal control company. We have technicians living and working throughout North Georgia (including Atlanta, Athens, Macon, Roswell, Columbus, and everywhere nearby), as well as in the Birmingham, Alabama area.

This page is here to help you determine which rodents you may be having a problem with, because they do have a lot of characteristics in common.

Commensal Rodents: Norway Rats, Roof Rats, and House Mice

A USCDC chart illustrating the differences between roof rats, Norway rats, and mice.

There are many species of rodents, but three rodent species are of special public health importance in Georgia: the Norway rat, the roof rat, and the house mouse.

These three species are collectively known as "commensal rodents" because they tend to live in close proximity to humans and eat the same food as we do. The word "commensal" means "eating at the same table," and this sharing of food occurs when rodents eat food that we have stored for our own use (such as when mice get into the pantry and chew through the breakfast cereal boxes), or when they eat leftovers or discarded human or animal food (such as when rats eat out of a dumpster outside a restaurant). Rats and mice consume or contaminate countless millions of pounds of human and animal food every year by their feeding, droppings, and shed hair.

Rats and mice are also important vectors of many diseases, and can also cause physical damage and an increased risk of electrical fires through their incessant gnawing. In fact, the first exterminators were "rat catchers" whose job it was to reduce the rat population after the connection between rodents and bubonic plague was scientifically established.

We provide professional rat control and mouse control to homes and businesses in throughout our tristate service area.

Gray Squirrels

Gray Squirrels are among the most common nuisance animals in Georgia. Their excellent sense of balance and skill in climbing allow them to scoot up trees or the sides of buildings to gain access to homes and businesses. They are especially active in the fall and early winter, when their instincts tell them to start storing food (that's where the phrase "squirreling away" comes from) and to find a warm place to spend the winter.

Rid-A-Critter provides professional gray squirrel control, damage repair, and squirrel-proofing throughout our tristate service area.

Flying Squirrels

Flying squirrels have "wings" formed by skin extending between their legs and their bodies. This skin forms a parasail-like wing that enables them to leap from high places and glide fairly long distances. They can't take off and gain altitude like a bird or a bat can, however. Nonetheless, their impressive gliding ability allows flying squirrels to gain access to buildings through small openings that are very high up, making flying squirrel control and exclusion a challenge.

Rid-A-Critter provides professional flying squirrel control, damage repair, and squirrel-proofing throughout our tristate service area.

Rodent Control

To learn more about Rid-A-Critter's specific rodent control services, please contact us or visit the following pages:

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Jun 21, 2021 06:32:40 pm.

We can remove animals from the structure, as well as seal up your home, but if those pesky critters left behind any excrement, we offer cleanup as well as insulation replacement! Call for a quote!
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Jun 18, 2021 06:34:50 pm.

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Jun 12, 2021 07:23:35 pm.

It’s a competition between bats and raccoons getting up in the attics the last few days! If it’s in your attic, we can get it!
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Jun 11, 2021 06:04:09 pm.

The rain seems to be driving the animals in! We can get them out!
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The rain doesn’t scare the animals away! If you’ve noticed one taking shelter in your home, give us a call!
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May 25, 2021 02:16:41 pm.

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May 14, 2021 06:04:38 pm.

I think there was more animal activity outside then inside today! If they get in, we can get them out!
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May 13, 2021 06:10:20 pm.

Cooler weather coming in means the animals coming in! We can help! :)
by Amber A.
May 11, 2021 06:58:32 pm.

A non-chemical rat control crew from our North Georgia office is rat-proofing the foundation of a house in Buford, Georgia. They're also using traps to safely catch and remove the existing rats from the home.
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May 04, 2021 10:23:55 am.

What a Monday! Hope everyone stays safe out there!
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May 03, 2021 06:03:57 pm.

Happy Friday! I hope everyone has a fabulous weekend!
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Apr 30, 2021 06:13:44 pm.

Hope everyone stays safe from the storms. Listen out for animals, they might be taking shelter too!
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Mar 17, 2021 05:45:47 pm.

Today is a wonderful day to call Ridacritter for all of your nuisance animal exclusion needs! We cover rats, mice, squirrels, raccoons, and more!
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Mar 12, 2021 02:54:13 pm.

Warm weather brought out calls for several animals today! From Snakes, to squirrels, mice and bees!!
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Mar 10, 2021 07:41:48 pm.

Rats, mice and squirrels today. Wildlife repairs with trapping. Animal exclusion needed call us for a free quote.
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Feb 25, 2021 10:58:52 am.

Rainy all over Georgia it seems like. Hard for us to keep dry when we’re determined to evict the animals and seal to keep them out. In Albany Ga now for a couple quotes and then to Zebulon Ga for another quote for squirrels removal. Be safe
by Jason Arruda
Feb 18, 2021 11:10:35 am.

Headed over to Albany Georgia for a quote to exclude squirrels.
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Feb 02, 2021 11:44:36 am.

Give Ridacritter a call for any of your nuisance animal needs. From Bats, to Bees, Squirrels, to Rats, Ridacritter solves all of your problems. Call for an exclusion today!
by Jake A.
Jan 30, 2021 10:25:50 am.

Very busy right now. Lots of squirrels and rats in the Birmingham and surrounding areas. Looks like bats are flying already as I’ve got several bat jobs to look at this week. Had a customer yesterday with squirrels and bats.
by Chris Scott
Jan 26, 2021 08:07:01 am.

In Auburn Alabama quoting exclusions for gray squirrels today.
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Jan 07, 2021 11:01:30 am.

Lots of squirrel and rat calls today. From Birmingham to Anniston.
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Jan 07, 2021 09:46:52 am.

In Alpharetta, Ga this morning providing a clearance letter to a customer so their buyers can rest assured they’re purchasing a Critter Free home. Did I mention our Warranty is 100% transferable??
by Tim McDavid
Jan 05, 2021 09:29:57 am.

Lots of squirrel calls today. It appears gray and flying squirrels are attempting to take over every attic in the Birmingham and surrounding areas.
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Dec 24, 2020 11:23:46 am.

Finishing up on a exclusion in Cordele Ga and headed to Valdosta Ga for some trap checking. Good times. Happy Monday.
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Dec 07, 2020 10:46:24 am.

We have a technician replacing the garage door weather seal at a Roswell, Georgia mouse-control job. The mice gnawed through the old seal to get into the garage. We're non-chemically treating the mouse problem and mouse-proofing the house.
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Dec 02, 2020 10:23:01 am.

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