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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 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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I was in Big Canoe this morning, rats in the crawl space, then out to Douglasville for flyers in the attic, headed to Forest park for rats in a rental property
by Chris Collender
Sep 27, 2022 11:02:03 am.

Rats chewed a hole through a plywood panel under the porch to get into the crawl space of a house in Athens, Georgia. We have a crew of non-chemical rodent pest control specialists in the crawl space setting traps to catch and remove the rats, and rodent-proofing the foundation to prevent future problems.
by Webmaster
Sep 27, 2022 10:18:16 am.

Was in hiawassee for Bats, then Suches for rats, Suwannee for squirrels, and then Atlanta for rats again
by Chris Collender
Sep 22, 2022 12:56:25 pm.

Norway rats living in a void over the basement ceiling gnawed oblong holes through the sheet rock in a house in Athens, Georgia. Our rat-control crew will repair the damage as soon as they've non-chemically eliminated the rats and rodent-proofed the house.
by Webmaster
Sep 22, 2022 10:33:14 am.

A team of non-chemical pest control specialists from our Athens office are doing Norway rat control in Bogart, Georgia this morning. The homeowner wisely wants us to eradicate the rat infestation before the rats make it from the crawl space into the living area of the house.
by Webmaster
Sep 22, 2022 10:26:28 am.

Droppings, urine, and a burrow through the insulation were evidence of roof rats that need to be removed from the attic of a house in Winterville, Georgia. We have a rodent control crew from our Athens office in the attic setting traps for the rats, and animal-proofing the roof to keep rats and other rodent pests and nuisance animals out of the attic.
by Webmaster
Sep 21, 2022 09:44:01 am.

Was in winterville this morning for mice, then to blairsvile for flyers, then Cummings ga for rats. Headed to Marietta for some bats, busy day
by Chris Collender
Sep 20, 2022 01:41:02 pm.

Rodent pest control specialists doing roof rat control in Bogart, Georgia are animal-proofing the roof to keep rats and other rodent pests and nuisance wildlife out of the attic. The only way to permanently solve a rat problem is to trap and remove the existing rats, and rodent-proof the house to prevent future infestations.
by Webmaster
Sep 20, 2022 08:40:49 am.

Atlanta job this morning, flyers in the attic, then headed to Decatur, rats in the crawl space
by Chris Collender
Sep 19, 2022 09:33:06 am.

Bats have been pretty busy this week, Atlanta to dunwoody, over to sandy springs, did a quote this morning for snakes in commerce ga, good times
by Chris Collender
Sep 15, 2022 10:09:54 am.

A one-inch PVC condensate drain pipe passing through a two-inch hole in the concrete foundation left just enough of a gap for rats to squeeze their way into a house in Jefferson, Georgia. Rodent pest control specialists from our Athens office are on the job sealing all the gaps to rodent-proof the house and eliminate the rat infestation without using poisons.
by Webmaster
Sep 13, 2022 09:52:14 am.

Today one of our pest control crews is doing roof rat control in Athens, Georgia. There is a gap between the top of the brick wall and the soffit panel next to the rain gutter, which our crew will seal to keep rats, other rodent pests, and nuisance animals out of the attic.
by Webmaster
Sep 01, 2022 09:19:41 am.

The gap around a one-inch pipe passing a ground-level, baseball-sized hole in the concrete foundation proved to be an irresistible temptation to Norway rats who used it to get into the crawl space of a house in Winder, Georgia. It was the kind of hole that rats dream of; but our rat-control experts are turning their dream into a nightmare by rodent-proofing the house.
by Webmaster
Aug 24, 2022 10:08:54 am.

A gap of about an inch between the bottom of the corner post and the concrete pavement was all the space that rats needed to get into a house in Braselton, Georgia. Permanent rat control requires sealing any potential rodent entry points to non-chemically make the house rat-proof.
by Webmaster
Aug 24, 2022 09:53:20 am.

Lifting the shingle revealed a gap of about three-quarters of an inch that allowed roof rats into the attic of a house in Watkinsville, Georgia. Rodent pest control experts from our Athens-Clarke County office are installing an animal guard over the gap to keep rodent pests and nuisance wildlife out of the attic.
by Webmaster
Aug 23, 2022 07:47:36 am.

Was in Duluth this morning for bats, then off to watkinsville and Royston for u know, bats, now to Covington for rats
by Chris Collender
Aug 22, 2022 03:23:41 pm.

The vertical frame of the crawl space door was cut about two inches too short, leaving a gap on the bottom that allowed rats into a house in Bishop, Georgia. A rodent-control team from our Athens office is building a new door and frame since the existing one is pretty much rotted away anyway.
by Webmaster
Aug 17, 2022 10:53:16 am.

Three rats took advantage of water rot to a soffit to promote themselves to roof rats and get into the attic of a house in Athens, Georgia. Our rodent pest control crew is repairing the water problem, trapping and removing the rats, and rodent-proofing the entire house to prevent future infestations.
by Webmaster
Aug 16, 2022 09:02:57 am.

Yesterday, I was In peachtree city and then ellenwoood, for bats, then I drove lakemont and Cummings, snakes in the house.
by Chris Collender
Aug 16, 2022 07:43:26 am.

Norway rats gnawed a dome-shaped hole through the bottom of the weather strip covering the garage door track to get into a Bogart, Georgia home. We'll replace the seal and rodent-proof the entire house as part of our non-chemical rat control approach to rat extermination.
by Webmaster
Aug 15, 2022 11:38:26 am.

Snakes in the crawl space in carnesville ga, then off to Athens and conyers ga, bats are the attic. Now headed to villa rica for another wildlife quote
by Chris Collender
Aug 09, 2022 12:21:53 pm.

Rats gnawed through the bottom of the rubber weather seal covering the vertical garage door track to get into a house in Bishop, Georgia. Rodent pest control experts from our Athens office are non-chemically treating the rat infestation and rodent-proofing the house.
by Webmaster
Aug 09, 2022 09:35:00 am.

Rats gnawed their way through some kind of rubbery sealant that the air-conditioning installer used around the pipes where they pass though the siding to get into a house in Winder, Georgia. A crew of rat-control specialists are on their way to properly rodent-proof the house.
by Webmaster
Aug 08, 2022 09:24:49 am.

Pest rodent control experts based out of our Athens office are doing non-chemical Norway rat control in the crawl space of a house in Bogart, Georgia. Rodent-proofing the house will require replacing a poorly-fitting crawl space door that doesn't close properly.
by Webmaster
Aug 04, 2022 10:11:58 am.

Busy day yesterday, was out in snellville for rats, then out to Bethlehem, Watkinsville and Athens all for bats
by Chris Collender
Aug 02, 2022 11:53:29 am.

The rats were overjoyed when they came across a ground-level hole where air-conditioning passed through a brick wall because it allowed them to easily get into a house in Bogart, Georgia. A rodent pest control crew from our Athens office is on their way to put an end to their celebration.
by Webmaster
Jul 29, 2022 08:58:32 am.

Bats are flying high, was in Monroe twice for bats in the gables/house, then off to Kennesaw where the bats where in the freeze boards.
by Chris Collender
Jul 28, 2022 12:05:24 pm.

Norway rats gnawed a section of vinyl siding over an electric meter right off the wall to get into a house in Athens, Georgia. We'll repair the rat damage once we trap and remove the rats and rodent-proof the house.
by Webmaster
Jul 27, 2022 09:47:33 am.

Norway rats bent up a metal slat on a louver-type foundation vent to get into the crawl space of a house in Athens, Georgia. The screen rotted away a long time ago, making it that much easier for the rats to get in. Our rodent pest control crew is trapping and removing the rats and rodent-proofing the crawl space.
by Webmaster
Jul 21, 2022 10:54:33 am.

A homeowner placed two bricks and a cinder block inside a rectangular gap in the foundation in an unsuccessful attempt to keep Norway rats out of their Hoschton, Georgia home. We have a non-chemical rat control team from our Athens office on the scene professionally rodent-proofing the house.
by Webmaster
Jul 21, 2022 10:48:13 am.

The air-conditioning installer put a metal hood over the hole in the siding where he passed the pipes through, but didn't bother sealing around them to keep rats out of an Athens, Georgia home. Our rodent pest control team is treating the rat infestation and rodent-proofing the house.
by Webmaster
Jul 20, 2022 10:55:23 am.

Most of the screen behind the foundation vent has corroded away, which made it easy for Norway rats to get into the crawl space of a house in Bishop, Georgia. We're sending a rodent pest control crew from our Athens office to trap and remove the rats and rodent-proof the house.
by Webmaster
Jul 20, 2022 10:52:44 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. We are fully licensed and insured. Your town not listed? Contact us.

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