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Rat Removal and Control in Athens-Clarke County, Georgia

Young rat in a cage trap facing the camera after being trapped and removed from a house

There are two species of rats that are structural pests in the Athens area and most of Georgia. In urban areas, Norway rats (also called brown rats, wharf rats, or sewer rats) are the more common of the two. In rural or wooded areas, roof rats (also called black rats or tree rats) outnumber Norway rats. But either rat can be found in either environment.

To the best of our knowledge, rats are the first animals that people were willing to pay other people to eradicate. Early on in history, people noticed the association between rats and disease, long before this connection was understood and proven by science. The observation that disease increased when rat populations were high inspired some enterprising people to get into the business of "rat catching." Those early "rat catchers" were the first professional rat exterminators.

It's fitting that rats had the dubious distinction of being the first animals recognized as serious enough pests that people were willing to pay to get rid of them. Rats have been associated with disease since Biblical times, but modern science has confirmed their involvement in the transmission of serious diseases like bubonic plague, hantavirus, hemorrhagic fever, rat-bite fever, salmonella, and many others. That makes rats the worst disease vectors in human history. It's vital to your family's health and safety to seal up your house to keep rats from getting in, and to trap and remove any rats who are already in your home.

Rat Control Methods

The first rat catchers controlled rats pretty much the same way Rid-A-Critter does: They trapped them, removed them, and then sealed building up to keep rats out. Organic rat control still the best way to permanently eliminate a rat problem, and it's the way Rid-A-Critter does it to this day. Sometimes it's good to be old-fashioned.

In the early 20th Century, however, the trend in rat control started to move away from trapping and exclusion and toward the use of chemical rat poisons, known as rodenticides. This remains an important part of public health rat control in big cities because it makes wide-area rat extermination both practical and economical. Most wide-area public health rat abatement projects, such as sewer baiting, still make use of rat poisons.

In homes and other buildings, however, poisons are not the best way to get rid of rats. Rat extermination in homes should be performed the old-fashioned way, without the use of any poisons, for several very good reasons:

Rodenticides are poisons. Okay, so this is obvious. What's not so obvious, however, is that rat poisons are not specific to rats. They'll kill any mammal (as well as some other animals, like birds) that happen to eat them. This sometimes includes animals that are secondarily poisoned because they ate a poisoned rat. For example, a hawk that eats a poisoned rat may also be poisoned.

Poisoned rats don't "go outside to seek water." Don't believe that. Seriously. It's nonsense. Poisoned rats usually die where they live; and if where they live happens to be in your home, then that's probably where they're going to die, rot away, and stink. In fact, we get a lot of calls from customers who want to hire us specifically to find and remove dead rats (and other animals) that were poisoned by other exterminators.

Non-chemical rat control is more permanent. It's also less costly in the long run. Here's why.

When an exterminator uses poisons to kill rats, the poison has to be replaced from time to time (usually monthly) because the rats eat it, because it's eaten by insects (who don't die when they eat it, by the way), or because it gets moldy and unappealing to rats. These regular visits are good for your exterminator because they gives him or her steady work. For you, not so much, because you're the one paying for those visits.

Our non-chemical rat control seals rats out of a house so they can't get back in. There's no poison to replace, and therefore no monthly visits. There's also no chance of a rat dying inside your wall, nor of a pet or other non-target animal being accidentally poisoned.

Rat Control Gallery

Here are some pictures we've taken at the rat-removal and rat-proofing jobs that we've done in the Athens, Georgia area.

Please contact us for more information about our long-lasting, exclusion-based rat-removal programs. We look forward to hearing from you.


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We have a crew from our Athens office working a Braselton, Georgia rat-removal job. Roof rats have been getting into the attic through a gap between the roof sheathing and the fascia, we'll we'll seal and shield to make the house rodent-proof.
by Webmaster
Sep 16, 2021 09:39:37 am.

Yet Another Failed DIY Attempt at Norway Rat Exclusion at a House in Athens, Georgia
by Webmaster
Sep 15, 2021 10:29:00 am.

The Sheetrock under an extension collapsed, which opened up gaps that allowed Norway rats to get into a house in Athens, Georgia. Our rodent-control and damage repair specialists are repairing the Sheetrock, trapping and removing the rats, and rat-proofing the house.
by Webmaster
Sep 10, 2021 10:01:16 am.

Technicians working at a Bogart, Georgia Norway rat removal job found heavy staining and rub marks around the entry hole in the foundation, which is evidence of a longstanding rat infestation. They'll rapidly eliminate the rat problem using trapping, removal, and exclusion.
by Webmaster
Sep 09, 2021 10:38:51 am.

This afternoon our Athens office will be starting a Braselton, Georgia roof rat removal job. The rats are getting into the attic through a gap between the soffit panel and the shingles at a roof junction point. We'll seal the gaps to rat-proof the house.
by Webmaster
Aug 23, 2021 11:23:36 am.

Wildlife-exclusion technicians working at an Athens, Georgia roof rat removal job are covering the edges of the roof with metal shields to keep rats, squirrels, birds, and other animals out of the attic.
by Webmaster
Aug 23, 2021 11:19:26 am.

Roof rat burrows through the insulation were signs of a long-standing rat problem in the attic of a house in Bogart, Georgia. Rat control experts from our Athens-area office are using traps to remove the existing rats, rodent-proofing the house to prevent future problems, and replacing the attic insulation.
by Webmaster
Aug 20, 2021 10:17:29 am.

Here's Why this House in Athens, Georgia Needs Non-Chemical Norway Rat Control
by Webmaster
Aug 20, 2021 10:13:46 am.

A hole in the cinder block foundation where pipes and wires were passed through allowed Norway rats into a house in Auburn, Georgia. Rat control technicians from our Athens office are trapping and removing the rats from the crawl space and rodent-proofing the house.
by Webmaster
Aug 19, 2021 10:57:41 am.

One of our Athens, Georgia roof rat removal crews is heading out to a Bogart, Georgia rat control job. They'll be installing a metal shield along the edges of the roof to rat-proof the attic, and using traps to catch and remove the rats that are already in the attic.
by Webmaster
Aug 18, 2021 10:31:18 am.

Our Athens, Georgia rat-control technicians are sealing a gaping hole in a cinder block that's allowing Norway rats into the crawl space of an Athens home. The cinder block has been broken since the house was built. It just took the rats a while to find it.
by Webmaster
Aug 17, 2021 09:24:08 am.

We Found Norway Rat Damage to a Dishwasher in Bogart, Georgia
by Webmaster
Aug 05, 2021 11:09:22 am.

One of our Athens, Georgia rat-removal crews is setting traps to non-chemically eliminate a rat infestation in the attic of a house in Athens. They're also rodent-proofing the house from top to bottom to prevent future mouse or rat problems.
by Webmaster
Aug 03, 2021 10:22:27 am.

A propane driver found rat droppings on the propane pipe leading into a house in Newborn, Georgia. The rats are walking along the pipe to get into the house. We have technicians trapping and removing the rats from the house and rodent-proofing the entire home.
by Webmaster
Jul 27, 2021 10:58:07 am.

Technicians from our Athens, Georgia office are treating a roof rat infestation in the attic of a house in Braselton today. They're using traps to quickly and safely eliminate the existing rats, of which there are quite a few. They'll also rodent-proof the house to prevent future problems.
by Webmaster
Jul 27, 2021 10:52:00 am.

Our Athens, Georgia rodent-removal experts are re-screening the foundation vents to non-chemically treat a Norway rat infestation in the crawl space of an Athens home. We treat residential rat and mouse problems using trapping and exclusion, without pesticides or other chemicals.
by Webmaster
Jul 26, 2021 09:16:42 am.

Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!
by Amber A.
Jul 23, 2021 06:29:58 pm.

Roof rats gnawed through the flexible heating ducts in the attic of a house in Greensboro, Georgia. We have one of our Athens area rat-removal crews trapping and removing the rats from the attic, rodent-proofing the house, and repairing the damage.
by Webmaster
Jul 22, 2021 11:29:19 am.

Norway rats damaged the flexible heating ducts in the crawl space of a house in Athens, Georgia. We're trapping and removing the rats from the crawl space, repairing the damage, and rodent-proofing the house to prevent future rat or mouse infestations.
by Webmaster
Jul 20, 2021 10:42:24 am.

We're sealing a gap around the air-conditioning pipes where they pass through the foundation as part of rat-proofing a house in Social Circle, Georgia. The best and most-permanent way to solve a Norway rat problem is non-chemically, using trapping and exclusion.
by Webmaster
Jul 19, 2021 11:18:19 am.

A technician from our Athens office is adjusting a garage door to keep Norway rats out of a house in Winder, Georgia. Garage doors often come out of adjustment, creating gaps under them that must be corrected to keep rodents out of the house.
by Webmaster
Jul 15, 2021 11:06:17 am.

Rats used a gap in a foundation vent where someone passed pipes and wires through to get into the crawl space of a house in Athens, Georgia. We're eliminating the rat problem using the organic methods of trapping and exclusion, without using any pesticides at all.
by Webmaster
Jul 14, 2021 11:03:43 am.

We have an inspector heading to a house in Athens, Georgia to check out some animal droppings in the attic. It sounds like they have a roof rat problem in the attic that needs to be treated.
by Webmaster
Jul 13, 2021 09:12:29 am.

Our rodent-control technicians are repairing water and roof rat damage to the soffit of a house inn Athens, Georgia. The rats have already been trapped and removed from the attic.
by Webmaster
Jun 28, 2021 11:39:51 am.

Another Human-Assisted Norway Rat Infestation at a House in Athens, Georgia
by Webmaster
Jun 28, 2021 11:33:05 am.

An electrician moved an electrical conduit going through the wall of a warehouse in Athens, Georgia; but he didn't bother sealing up the old hole to keep rats out of the building. We have a crew trapping and removing the rats and rodent-proofing the warehouse.
by Webmaster
Jun 24, 2021 12:42:08 pm.

How High Wire-Walking Roof Rats Got into the Attic of this Athens, Georgia Home
by Webmaster
Jun 23, 2021 10:03:55 am.

One of our rodent-control crews is building and installing a new crawl space door that will keep Norway rats out of a house in Athens, Georgia. The old door was water-damaged and rotten, which allowed rats to easily get into the house.
by Webmaster
Jun 22, 2021 10:16:52 am.

Hope everyone stayed dry from the rain but if you got flooded with animals we can get them out!
by Amber A.
Jun 21, 2021 06:32:40 pm.

New YouTube Video: Rodent Proofing a House in Douglasville, Georgia
by Webmaster
Jun 21, 2021 09:12:10 am.

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!
by Amber A.
Jun 18, 2021 06:34:50 pm.

Happy Monday! Hope everyone has a wonderful and productive week! And if animals are keeping you up at night, give us a call!
by Amber A.
Jun 14, 2021 05:59:26 pm.

The Athens, Georgia office of Rid-A-Critter provides safe, non-chemical rat control in Athens-Clarke, Greene, and parts of Barrow, Gwinnett, Hall, Banks, Jackson, and Oconee Counties in Georgia, including Athens, Auburn, Bogart, Commerce, Good Hope, Greensboro, Jefferson, Madison, Monroe, Watkinsville, and Winder. We are fully licensed and insured. Your town not listed? Contact us.

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