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Rat Removal and Control in Athens-Clarke County, Georgia

Roof rat caught in the act

Roof rat caught in the act

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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Mar 27, 2020 03:07:31 pm.

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A Perfect Rat Hole into a House in Athens, Georgia
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Mar 09, 2020 11:14:27 am.

Just enjoying this Georgia weather this weekend. At my parents house fishing and noticed the wildlife out here where they belong. They can become a nuisance though when they find their way inside your home. In that case give us a call.
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Mar 01, 2020 12:24:17 pm.

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Feb 27, 2020 11:30:35 am.

Not Surprisingly, Norway Rats Got into this House in Athens, Georgia
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Feb 13, 2020 10:55:38 am.

Rainy days mean animals like to stay in. If you are hearing noises in your attic on this rainy day it could be more than rain.
by Dean Scott
Feb 13, 2020 09:27:56 am.

Water Damage and a Norway Rat Hole into a House in Athens, Georgia
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Feb 11, 2020 10:00:48 am.

Fairly Recent Rat Infestation in a House in Watkinsville, Georgia
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Feb 06, 2020 10:48:21 am.

Well-Used Roof Rat Gap into the Attic of a House in Statham, Georgia
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Feb 06, 2020 10:42:06 am.

This Broken Vent Allowed Rats into the Crawl Space of a House n Bogart, Georgia
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Jan 31, 2020 10:28:29 am.

Pile of Rat Droppings on a Water Heater in a House in Athens, Georgia
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Jan 31, 2020 10:23:14 am.

Going to Bainbridge Ga today for quotes for exclusions. Bats, rats and gray squirrels.
by Jason Arruda
Jan 23, 2020 11:05:03 am.

Here's How Roof Rats Got into the Attic of a Stone House in Braselton, Georgia
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Jan 23, 2020 10:21:05 am.

This Gap Between the Roof and the Stones Allowed Rats into an Attic in Athens, Georgia
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Jan 23, 2020 10:16:42 am.

Norway Rat Hole Through a Crawl Space Door in Lexington, Georgia
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Jan 22, 2020 10:35:33 am.

Norway Rats Got into this Decatur, Georgia Home Through a Gap Around the Gas Pipe
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Jan 10, 2020 10:28:03 am.

Norway Rat Damage to an HVAC Duct in the Crawl Space of a House in Athens, Georgia
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Jan 10, 2020 10:22:22 am.

Hidden Norway Rat Hole into a House in Athens, Georgia
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Jan 10, 2020 10:14:05 am.

Quite Typical Roof Rat Gap into the Attic of a House in Winder, Georgia
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Jan 09, 2020 10:40:40 am.

Well-Hidden Roof Rat Entry Gap into a House in Statham, Georgia
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Jan 09, 2020 10:28:34 am.

Excited to be at the Athens pest control conference this week. Let’s talk about wildlife and what services we provide to help.
by Jason Arruda
Jan 06, 2020 11:57:03 am.

Here's How Roof Rats Got into the Attic of a House in Greensboro, Georgia
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Jan 06, 2020 11:34:37 am.

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Jan 03, 2020 10:42:16 am.

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Dec 31, 2019 11:39:15 am.

Want to put a stop to those pesky critters getting in your home for good? We can do that!!
by Jason Arruda
Dec 30, 2019 12:14:14 pm.

Heard it all. Squirrels in my attic, scratching noises in my attic, attic noises, animals partying in my attic, then there’s the crawlspace. Rats in my crawlspace, opossum in my crawlspace and there’s something dead in my crawlspace/attic.
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Dec 30, 2019 12:07:59 pm.

New Blog Post: Merry Christmas!
by Webmaster
Dec 24, 2019 11:07:00 am.

Just want to say. I’m so grateful for the relationships we have with the pest control companies in Georgia and Alabama and Tennessee. Thank you all for the referrals.
by Jason Arruda
Dec 19, 2019 01:01:20 pm.

Typical Roof Rat Gap into a House in Bogart, Georgia
by Webmaster
Dec 09, 2019 11:09:23 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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