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Rat Removal and Control in Athens-Clarke County, Georgia

Young rat found at a rat control job

Young rat found at a rat control job

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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Happy Friday!! Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!
by Amber A.
May 14, 2021 06:04:38 pm.

I think there was more animal activity outside then inside today! If they get in, we can get them out!
by Amber A.
May 13, 2021 06:10:20 pm.

Cooler weather coming in means the animals coming in! We can help! :)
by Amber A.
May 11, 2021 06:58:32 pm.

Our Athens, Georgia office has technicians on their way to non-chemically remove and exclude roof rats from the attic of a house in Jefferson, Georgia. The rats are getting into the attic through construction gaps along the edges of the roof.
by Webmaster
May 10, 2021 11:11:44 am.

We have a crew rat-proofing the exterior of a house in Athens, Georgia to keep Norway rats out of the basement. We treat rat problems non-chemically, using only non-toxic trapping and exclusion.
by Webmaster
May 05, 2021 10:03:51 am.

Yet Another Failed DIY Rat-Proofing Attempt at a House in Athens, Georgia
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May 05, 2021 09:45:28 am.

Here's What Happens When a Trainee Drops His Cell Phone Inside a Wall
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May 04, 2021 10:23:55 am.

What a Monday! Hope everyone stays safe out there!
by Amber A.
May 03, 2021 06:03:57 pm.

Norway Rat Damage to Heating Ducts and Insulation in a Basement in Athens, Georgia
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May 03, 2021 10:00:45 am.

Happy Friday! I hope everyone has a fabulous weekend!
by Amber A.
Apr 30, 2021 06:13:44 pm.

Today we're sealing the foundation of a house in Athens, Georgia to keep rats out of the crawl space. We're also setting traps to non-chemically treat the existing rat problem and remove them from the house so they don't die in the walls.
by Webmaster
Apr 21, 2021 10:11:27 am.

Norway Rats Chewed Through a Foundation Vent into this Watkinsville, Georgia Home
by Webmaster
Apr 19, 2021 10:39:21 am.

We're replacing the rusty old foundation vents with sturdy new ones that will keep Norway rats out of a house in Athens, Georgia. Plastic foundation vents, and even some metal ones, are inadequate to keep rodents out of a house.
by Webmaster
Apr 19, 2021 10:34:26 am.

A rodent-control crew from our Athens office is repairing a garage door and its frame to keep Norway rats out of a Bogart, Georgia home. They'll also be using traps to non-chemically catch and remove the existing rats from the house.
by Webmaster
Apr 16, 2021 10:19:29 am.

Today we're starting a rat-control and rat-proofing job at a house in Watkinsville, Georgia. The rats are burrowing their way into the crawl space through the soil outside the house.
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Apr 15, 2021 10:04:59 am.

We have a technician from our Athens office replacing the weather seal on a garage door and adjusting its travel switches as part of a rat-proofing job at a house in Winder, Georgia.
by Webmaster
Apr 15, 2021 10:02:07 am.

Our rat-control technicians are replacing the foundation vent covers to keep Norway rats out of the crawl space of a house in Athens, Georgia. Most foundation vents are far too flimsy to keep rodents out of a house.
by Webmaster
Apr 06, 2021 10:36:32 am.

Two of our technicians are setting traps to catch and remove Norway rats from the crawl space of a house in Braselton, Georgia. They'll also be patching up gaps in the foundation to prevent future rodent infestations.
by Webmaster
Apr 05, 2021 10:41:28 am.

A rat-removal crew from our Athens office is trapping and removing Norway rats from a house in Bogart, Georgia. They're also rat-proofing the house to prevent future rodent infestations without the need for pesticides.
by Webmaster
Apr 05, 2021 10:26:44 am.

Serious Norway Rat Damage to a Foundation Vent at a House in Comer, Georgia
by Webmaster
Apr 01, 2021 11:25:14 am.

Today we're rat-proofing the foundation of a house in Athens, Georgia to keep rats out of the crawl space. We solve rat problems by non-chemically trapping and removing the rats, and excluding them from the premises.
by Webmaster
Mar 24, 2021 10:51:44 am.

We're setting traps to safely catch and remove roof rats from the attic of a house in Braselton, Georgia. We'll also be sealing all the construction gaps in the roof to prevent future rat infestations.
by Webmaster
Mar 23, 2021 10:48:25 am.

We have rat-control team heading out to repair rat damage to the roof trim to keep rats out of the attic of a house in Athens, Georgia. They'll also set traps to safely catch and remove the existing rats from the attic.
by Webmaster
Mar 23, 2021 10:35:01 am.

Hope everyone stays safe from the storms. Listen out for animals, they might be taking shelter too!
by Amber A.
Mar 17, 2021 05:45:47 pm.

Today we're doing a non-chemical Norway rat-removal and rat-proofing job in the crawl space of a house in Braselton, Georgia. We perform rat control by trapping and exclusion, using no pesticides at all.
by Webmaster
Mar 15, 2021 10:57:27 am.

Today is a wonderful day to call Ridacritter for all of your nuisance animal exclusion needs! We cover rats, mice, squirrels, raccoons, and more!
by Jake A.
Mar 12, 2021 02:54:13 pm.

A Norway Rat Gnawed its Way into this Watkinsville, Georgia Home
by Webmaster
Mar 12, 2021 10:50:00 am.

We're just about finished bat-proofing a house in Bogart, Georgia. The bats are all gone and have been sealed out of the attic. Now we have to vacuum up and dispose of the guano and replace the attic insulation.
by Webmaster
Mar 12, 2021 10:02:59 am.

Warm weather brought out calls for several animals today! From Snakes, to squirrels, mice and bees!!
by Amber A.
Mar 10, 2021 07:41:48 pm.

Video of Norway Rat Control at a House in Braselton, Georgia
by Webmaster
Mar 08, 2021 08:59:35 am.

We have technicians doing non-chemical Norway rat control at a house in Athens, Georgia today. It's a brick house, but there are gaps that the rats are using to get in. We'll seal them all up to eliminate the rat problem.
by Webmaster
Mar 04, 2021 10:18:11 am.

Our technicians are rat-proofing a house in Watkinsville, Georgia. The rats chewed through the plastic foundation vents to get into the house. We'll trap and remove the rats, and replace the vents to keep them out.
by Webmaster
Mar 01, 2021 11:29:19 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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