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Rat Removal and Control in Athens-Clarke County, Georgia

Installing rat-proof crawl space vents

Installing rat-proof crawl space vents

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. That's still the best way to permanently control rats, 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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Our Athens office has a crew closing up the gaps around the edges of the roof to prevent future rat infestations in the attic of a Hoschton, Georgia home. The rats already in the attic have already been non-chemically trapped and removed.
by Webmaster
Nov 19, 2020 09:40:51 am.

Our Athens office has a team trapping and removing roof rats from the attic of a house in Social Circle, Georgia. They're also closing up gaps around the roof and soffit to prevent future roof rat infestations.
by Webmaster
Nov 16, 2020 12:06:44 pm.

Our Athens, Georgia regional office has a crew sealing gaps in the roof and walls of a house in Athens to keep roof rats out of the house. Roof rats are slender and slinky and can fit through holes not much bigger than a quarter.
by Webmaster
Nov 16, 2020 11:41:34 am.

Our Athens office is sealing the gaps between the roof trim and the stone walls of a house in Jefferson, Georgia to keep rats out of the attic. Stone houses are very prone to animal problems because the irregular surfaces are hard to seal.
by Webmaster
Nov 12, 2020 09:59:49 am.

We have a team of rat-control technicians sealing gaps in the top of the stucco wall of a house in Athens, Georgia to keep roof rats out of the attic.
by Webmaster
Nov 10, 2020 11:13:35 am.

Our Athens, Georgia office has a crew heading out to a Norway rat-removal job at a house in Watkinsville. They'll set traps to catch and remove the rats, and seal any gaps they find in the foundation to seal the rats out permanently.
by Webmaster
Oct 22, 2020 10:51:11 am.

Roof Rat Tracks in the Dust in the Attic of a House in Hoschton, Georgia
by Webmaster
Oct 18, 2020 05:15:09 pm.

Norway Rat Hole in the Basement of a House in Athens, Georgia
by Webmaster
Oct 06, 2020 10:59:00 am.

We have a crew working at a commercial building in Athens, Georgia sealing the foundation to prevent rats from getting inside.
by Webmaster
Oct 02, 2020 02:11:04 pm.

A crew from our Athens office is closing up the gaps around the edges of a roof to keep roof rats out of the attic of a house in Mansfield, Georgia.
by Webmaster
Oct 01, 2020 11:37:16 am.

Our Athens office will be going to a house in Eatonton, Georgia to close up gaps around the edge of the roof to keep rats out of the attic. We perform residential rat control entirely non-chemically, with no use of dangerous rodenticides.
by Webmaster
Sep 27, 2020 07:19:10 pm.

We have a team closing up gaps in the edges of the roof to keep roof rats out of the attic of a house in Athens, Georgia. They'll also trap and remove the rats that are already up there, of course.
by Webmaster
Sep 24, 2020 09:56:12 am.

This is Why this House in Greensboro, Georgia Needs Norway Rat Control
by Webmaster
Sep 24, 2020 09:40:44 am.

We have technicians sealing the foundation of a house in Jefferson, Georgia to keep Norway rats out of the house. We're also trapping and removing the rats that already got into the house.
by Webmaster
Sep 18, 2020 11:28:34 am.

We Found Roof Rat Tracks in the Dust in the Attic of a House in Athens, Georgia
by Webmaster
Sep 11, 2020 10:19:31 am.

Headed down south today to Albany Ga to give a quote for a bat exclusion. Animals in the attic scratching and bats are keeping the customers up at night. Time for us to step in.
by Jason Arruda
Sep 10, 2020 09:42:30 am.

A vacant restaurant in Athens, Georgia has a problem with rats getting in through a gap under a freezer attached to the building. We have a crew sealing that gap and the rest of the building to keep rats out of the restaurant.
by Webmaster
Sep 02, 2020 11:03:26 am.

Our Athens-Clarke office has a crew of technicians sealing the foundation of a house in Winder to keep rats out of the crawl space. They'll also set traps to remove the rats that are already in there, of course.
by Webmaster
Aug 31, 2020 10:27:20 am.

We'll be repairing water damage and removing roof rats from the attic of a house in Athens, Georgia today. The water rotted away part of the roof trim, which made it easier for the rats to get into the attic. We'll solve both problems.
by Webmaster
Aug 28, 2020 09:49:05 am.

A crew working out of our Athens office is hard at work sealing the edges of a roof to keep rats out of the attic of a house in Jackson, Georgia. We'll also trap and remove the rats that are already in the attic.
by Webmaster
Aug 25, 2020 11:28:29 am.

Tightrope-Walking Roof Rats Chewed their Way into this House in Athens, Georgia
by Webmaster
Aug 14, 2020 10:08:08 am.

We have a crew from our Athens-Clarke office working at a house in Jackson, Georgia trapping and removing roof rats from the attic. We'll also be closing all the gaps in the roof to keep rats and other animals out of the attic.
by Webmaster
Aug 14, 2020 10:03:34 am.

A crew from from our Athens office is replacing a crawl space door to keep rats out of the crawl space of a house in Athens, Georgia. The old door was damaged beyond repair, so we're installing a new, rat-proof one.
by Webmaster
Aug 04, 2020 10:37:16 am.

This is Why this House in Athens, Georgia Has Rats in the Crawl Space
by Webmaster
Jul 22, 2020 11:10:38 am.

A Damaged Clothes Dryer Vent Allowed Rats to Get into a House in Athens, Georgia
by Webmaster
Jul 16, 2020 11:18:10 am.

Our Athens regional office is sending a team of technicians to trap and remove the rats from the attic of a house in Statham, Georgia, and seal up the house to keep rats and other animals out of the attic.
by Webmaster
Jul 14, 2020 10:50:24 am.

Roof Rats Gnawed Right Through the Shingles of a House in Greensboro, Georgia
by Webmaster
Jul 14, 2020 10:42:05 am.

Our Athens, Georgia office is working to seal rats out of the attic of a house. They were getting in through a gap between the roof sheathing and fascia, which is a very common way for roof rats to get into homes.
by Webmaster
Jul 06, 2020 11:18:00 am.

We got a call from a homeowner that rats are getting into the crawl space of her house in Braselton, Georgia. We've sent an inspector to check out the problem and come up with a plan to non-chemically keep the rats out of the house.
by Webmaster
Jul 03, 2020 11:20:32 am.

We have a crew working at a house in Athens, Georgia sealing around the air-conditioning pipes and wires to keep Norway rats from getting into the house.
by Webmaster
Jul 03, 2020 10:39:08 am.

Here's How Roof Rats Got into a Shed outside a House in Dunlap, Georgia
by Webmaster
Jun 26, 2020 11:22:01 am.

Jason's Crew Cleaning Up After Rats at a Seed Laboratory
by Webmaster
Jun 26, 2020 10:54:10 am.

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. Your town not listed? Contact us.

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