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Non-Chemical Rat Control and Rodent-Proofing in the Athens, Georgia Area

Young rat in a cage trap facing the camera after being trapped and removed from a house by a pest control company.

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 exterminated rats pretty much the same way Rid-A-Critter does today: They trapped them, removed them, and 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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All it took was a gap of about an inch along the top edge of a metal foundation vent cover for Norway rats to get into the crawl space of a house in Athens, Georgia. Our rat control crew is replacing the vent with one that fits properly to rodent-proof the house.
by Webmaster
Jan 31, 2023 08:49:14 am.

A rodent pest control crew doing roof rat control in Bogart, Georgia is replacing a plastic roof ridge vent that has started to detach from the shingles with a steel Ridge Guard pest barrier that will keep rodent pests and nuisance animals out of the attic.
by Webmaster
Jan 19, 2023 10:44:39 am.

This morning a rodent pest control crew from our Athens office is in the attic doing roof rat control in Bogart, Georgia. You know why? Because a construction gap about an inch high between the wooden roof sheathing and the fascia allowed the rats to get into the attic.
by Webmaster
Jan 17, 2023 10:19:59 am.

Rat droppings on the concrete crawl of the crawl space alerted the homeowner of a Norway rat infestation in their Bogart, Georgia home. Rat control specialists from our Athens office are on their way to exterminate the rats and rodent-proof the house.
by Webmaster
Jan 16, 2023 09:19:23 am.

The gap around a one-inch pipe passed through a baseball-sized hole in the cinder block foundation is the reason our rodent-control specialists are in a crawl space doing Norway rat control in Hoschton, Georgia today. Rats can get through gaps and holes only slightly larger than their heads.
by Webmaster
Jan 12, 2023 10:23:56 am.

A gap in a wall near a window frame where one would think a brick should be allowed Norway rats into a house in Bogart, Georgia. The rats then traveled through the gap between the brick facade and the framing to travel through the house.
by Webmaster
Jan 11, 2023 10:21:52 am.

A roughly triangular gap under the shingles where the diagonal roof trim meets the rain gutter allowed tree rats into the attic of a house in Bogart, Georgia. Our rat control crew is rodent-proofing the house to keep the tree rats in the trees.
by Webmaster
Jan 10, 2023 10:21:18 am.

A small gap in the roof trim where it meets the shingles at a roof junction allowed rats into the attic of a house in Athens, Georgia. Our rat control crew will seal that gap and all the others that they find to rodent-proof the roof and solve the rat problem without using any chemicals.
by Webmaster
Jan 10, 2023 09:18:14 am.

Started off in Rome ga, raccoons in the crawl space, then headed to Atlanta, ga, rats in the attic
by Chris Collender
Jan 05, 2023 11:48:37 am.

A two inch gap behind the brick fascia near the crawl space access door allowed Norway rats into a house in Athens, Georgia. Our rat control crew will need to rodent-proof the house to eliminate the problem and prevent future infestations.
by Webmaster
Jan 05, 2023 10:29:06 am.

Wood rot at the bottom of the hollow corner post created a gap about six inches wide by two inches high that allowed Norway rats into a house in Athens, Georgia. Our rat control crew is working in the rain looking for the water leak because, well, that's the best time to do it. Once they find it they'll repair the water problem and the rat damage to make the house rodent-proof.
by Webmaster
Jan 04, 2023 10:19:45 am.

Norway rats gnawed a hole through an ornamental wooden lattice to get under the porch, and from there into the crawl space of a house in Hoschton, Georgia. Rat-proofing a house requires the use of materials that rodents can't gnaw through.
by Webmaster
Jan 04, 2023 10:03:02 am.

Roof rats gnawed at the bottom of an access door leading from the carpeted bedroom to the attic of a house in Athens, Georgia. Our rodent pest control specialists are installing a steel pest barrier along the edges of the roof to rat-proof the house, and using traps to non-chemically treat the existing infestation.
by Webmaster
Jan 04, 2023 09:34:14 am.

The crawl space ventilation spaces between a row of vertical bricks in the exterior wall allowed Norway rats into the crawl space of a house in Hoschton, Georgia. Rat control specialists from our Athens office are screening the gaps to rodent-proof the house.
by Webmaster
Jan 03, 2023 08:43:31 am.

Happy New years, back at it, started off in Conyers ga, squirrels, then headed to Stone Mountain ga, rats in the attic, now In Gainesville ga, bats in the house
by Chris Collender
Jan 02, 2023 11:16:26 am.

A foundation vent that went completely missing from the brick wall made in inevitable that our rodent pest control technicians would be in a crawl space doing Norway rat control in Braselton, Georgia. As cold as it's been lately, rats are desperate to find warm places (as are all of us).
by Webmaster
Dec 27, 2022 09:15:56 am.

Here's Wishing All of You a Merry Christmas from Rid-A-Critter!
by Webmaster
Dec 23, 2022 12:56:04 pm.

Rain rain go away, i need to quote some houses today, started off Snellville ga, squirrels have chewed several new holes, paid 2 companies to do patch work , never works long term, why she called us, we will give her a permanent solution
by Chris Collender
Dec 20, 2022 12:54:00 pm.

All it took was a gap of about five-eighths of an inch along the edge of the roof for tree rats to promote themselves to roof rats by getting into the attic of a house in Bogart, Georgia. A rat control crew is installing a rodent pest barrier along the edge of the roof to keep the tree rats in the trees and out of the attic.
by Webmaster
Dec 20, 2022 10:25:26 am.

Beautiful day but Baby, it’s cold outside. Started the day in Athens ga, rats, then headed to Brasselton, ga, rats, then headed over to Oxford, ga, squirrels. Good times
by Chris Collender
Dec 19, 2022 12:42:44 pm.

Back in conyers, ga today, seems to be busy over here, flyers in the attic, headed to Ellenwood, ga, square
by Chris Collender
Dec 16, 2022 09:53:13 am.

Beautiful day, had 2 stops in Dacula, ga. Rats and squirrels, headed to conyers, ga. For another squirrel job.
by Chris Collender
Dec 15, 2022 12:15:22 pm.

Norway rats gnawed through the bottom seal of the garage door and the adjacent wooden frame covering the door track to get into a house in Watkinsville, Georgia. A rat pest control crew from our Athens office is repairing the damage and rodent-proofing the house.
by Webmaster
Dec 15, 2022 10:10:36 am.

Busy day in the rain, had two quotes in Alpharetta ga, flying squirrels in both homes, headed to Athens ga, squirrels in the attic.
by Chris Collender
Dec 14, 2022 12:45:29 pm.

Norway rats built a nest in the three-inch gap behind the siding of a house in Athens, Georgia. We have a rodent pest control crew trapping and removing the rats, and sealing under where the siding overhang the foundation all around the perimeter of the house to make it rodent-proof.
by Webmaster
Dec 14, 2022 08:40:51 am.

Quoted a rental property In Atlanta ga, rats, them headed to Athens, ga, mice, then off to Snellville ga, squirrels in the attic
by Chris Collender
Dec 13, 2022 12:33:01 pm.

Finally no more rain, headed to Decatur ga, rental property, rats, headed to Monroe, ga, squirrels in a house, then back to Atlanta ga, rats
by Chris Collender
Dec 12, 2022 03:51:16 pm.

The gap around a PVC pipe going through a pear-shaped hole in a brick wall allowed Norway rats into a house in Athens, Georgia. A crew of non-chemical rat pest control specialists is on the scene sealing the gaps to rodent-proof the house, and setting traps to catch and remove the rats that already got into the house.
by Webmaster
Dec 09, 2022 09:21:03 am.

Good day yesterday, other then the rain, started off in Dawsonville ga, rats, then headed to Lawrenceville ga, flyers, then headed to Atlanta ga, rats
by Chris Collender
Dec 07, 2022 10:01:04 am.

Rainy day, started out in Duluth, ga, snakes found in the house, then headed to doraville ga, squirrels again, then 2 stops in Atlantic ga, rats. Busy day
by Chris Collender
Dec 05, 2022 03:25:03 pm.

Glad the rain stopped yesterday, we stood in Atlanta, ga. rats and squirrels, then headed to Duluth ga, squirrels again, then to Marietta ga, rats. Another good day
by Chris Collender
Dec 01, 2022 07:20:51 am.

Happy thanksgiving to all, it’s back to work, was in Decatur ga, rats, to off to McDonough ga, rats again, the headed to Douglasville ga, for grey squirrels, then I just left Carrollton ga, bats in attic
by Chris Collender
Nov 28, 2022 12:25:45 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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