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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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The space between the louvers of a crawl space vent allowed Norway rats into a house in Watkinsville, Georgia. Rat control technicians from our Athens office are screening the vent, and using traps to safely and non-chemically treat the existing rat infestation.
by Webmaster
Jun 20, 2022 10:59:00 am.

Norway rats chewed away about five inches of the garage door weather seal where it meets the track to get into a house in Jefferson, Georgia. A non-chemical pest control technician from our Athens office is replacing the weather seal to keep rats out of the house. The ones that already got in will be safely trapped and removed without using poisons.
by Webmaster
Jun 15, 2022 09:58:18 am.

The droppings and urine in the attic insulation were undeniable evidence of roof rats that need to be trapped and removed from the attic of a house in Athens, Georgia. Our pest control technicians are setting traps in the attic and rodent-proofing the house to permanently eliminate the rat infestation without using chemicals.
by Webmaster
Jun 14, 2022 11:01:00 am.

The First Sign our Pest Control Crew Noticed of a Serious Infestation Were the Rub Marks on the Cinder Blocks at an Athens, Georgia Norway Rat Control Job
by Webmaster
Jun 07, 2022 09:20:08 am.

Water rot to the wooden garage door frame created a dome-shaped hole that Norway rats used to get into a house in Lawrenceville, Georgia. Our pest control technicians will address the water problem and repair the damage as part of the rat control and rodent-exclusion job.
by Webmaster
May 31, 2022 11:52:04 am.

It was water erosion that created a fist-sized hole at the bottom of a door frame that Norway rats used to get into a house in Bishop, Georgia. Pest control specialists from our Athens office are trapping and removing the rats, and sealing all the gaps in the exterior of the house, to non-chemically eliminate the rat problem.
by Webmaster
May 31, 2022 11:49:08 am.

A rodent pest control crew from our Athens office is doing a Bogart, Georgia rat control job. The rats are getting in through a two-inch gap in the foundation where the main house meets an extension that was built later.
by Webmaster
May 16, 2022 11:09:38 am.

A handyman tried using hardware store insulating foam to seal Norway rats out of a house in Hoschton, Georgia. The rats enjoyed a good laugh before chewing through the foam. A rodent pest control crew from our Athens office is in Hoschton doing the rat control job the right way.
by Webmaster
May 16, 2022 11:06:00 am.

Technicians doing Norway rat control at a Bogart, Georgia home are installing screens over the lightening holes in the cinder blocks that were used to ventilate the crawl space. Turning a few cinder blocks sideways to ventilate the crawl is a common construction technique, but the holes have to be screened to keep rats and other rodent pests out of the house.
by Webmaster
May 11, 2022 09:39:52 am.

Our Athens, Georgia rodent pest control team is doing Norway rat control in Hoschton this afternoon. Rat control without using poisons is achieved by trapping and removing the existing rats, and rodent-proofing the house to prevent future infestations.
by Webmaster
May 11, 2022 09:35:54 am.

Today we have a rodent pest control crew doing non-chemical rat control at an Athens, Georgia home. As always, we'll be treating the rat infestation using trapping, removal, and exclusion, without using any rodenticides or other toxic chemicals.
by Webmaster
May 11, 2022 09:32:54 am.

Heading to a snake call in Griffin Ga.
by Jason Arruda
May 09, 2022 02:31:20 pm.

Today our Athens-area rodent pest control crew is doing Norway rat control at a Watkinsville, Georgia home. The rats are getting in through a broken weather seal in the garage door, which will replaced as part of the rodent-proofing part of the job. The existing rat infestation will be cleared up using traps, without poisons.
by Webmaster
May 06, 2022 09:42:09 am.

A rodent pest control crew is heading out to non-chemically treat a Norway rat infestation at a house in Hoschton, Georgia. We treat residential rat problems using trapping and exclusion, with no poisons. It's a safer, more-permanent to eliminate rat and mouse infestations.
by Webmaster
May 05, 2022 09:47:39 am.

One of Our Rodent Pest Control Crews found Snails and Norway Rat Droppings in the Crawl Space of an Athens, Georgia Home
by Webmaster
May 05, 2022 09:18:54 am.

Bats and carpenter bees are flying , Hampton to Ellen, off to demorest, snakes in Hoschton.
by Chris Collender
May 05, 2022 08:49:43 am.

A PVC pipe running through the brick wall at ground level made for a perfect way for Norway rats to get into a house in Watkinsville, Georgia. Norway rats aren't the best climbers in the rodent world, so they prefer holes that are close to the ground. Our rodent pest control will treat the problem non-chemically using trapping, removal, and exclusion.
by Webmaster
Apr 29, 2022 09:45:59 am.

Today we're doing Norway rat control at a house in Bishop, Georgia. As always, we'll be doing the job non-chemically, using trapping, removal, and exclusion to eliminate the rat infestation without using poisons. It's the safer, more-permanent solution to a rat problem.
by Webmaster
Apr 29, 2022 09:42:39 am.

A fist-sized hole in the brick wall where two insulated air-conditioning lines run through left enough room for Norway rats to get into a house in Athens, Georgia. Our rodent pest control crew is non-chemically treating the rat problem, and rodent-proofing the exterior of the house to prevent future rat or mouse infestations.
by Webmaster
Apr 29, 2022 09:35:42 am.

Bats and carpenter bees are in full effect, From Rome, ga to Hampton, ga, then off to Atlanta. Busy times
by Chris Collender
Apr 28, 2022 11:15:13 am.

Severe water damage to the siding under the window frame created a gap that allowed Norway rats into a house in Athens, Georgia. Our rat pest control technicians are repairing the water damage as part of the rat control and rodent exclusion job, all without using any poisons.
by Webmaster
Apr 28, 2022 10:12:37 am.

Roof rats gnawed through the wooden siding to get into a house in Social Circle, Georgia. A rodent pest control crew from our Athens office is treating the rat problem, rodent-proofing the house, and repairing the damage.
by Webmaster
Apr 27, 2022 09:44:18 am.

Norway rats are getting into a house in Bogart, Georgia through a gap behind the lowest row of siding. Our rodent pest control technicians are sealing the gap to achieve long-lasting, non-chemical elimination of the rat infestation.
by Webmaster
Apr 26, 2022 11:04:32 am.

A tapered gap between the roof trim and the brick wall allowed roof rats into the attic of a house in Athens, Georgia. Our rodent pest control crew is sealing the gap to keep rats and other rodent pests and nuisance wildlife out of the attic; and treating the existing rat infestation with traps, not poisons.
by Webmaster
Apr 20, 2022 10:28:14 am.

Our Rodent Pest Control Crew is Responding to Another Failed DIY Rat-Exclusion Attempt at a House in Athens, Georgia
by Webmaster
Apr 20, 2022 10:25:02 am.

Rats gnawed through the sub-flooring around the soil pipe under a bathroom and got into the living area of a house in Athens, Georgia. Our rodent pest control crew is setting traps to non-chemically treat the rat problem, repairing the damage, and rat-proofing the house.
by Webmaster
Apr 19, 2022 10:39:56 am.

Busy critter day today, went to locus grove for some bats, Riverdale to get some squirrels, several Atlanta stops, of course rats, then ended in Marietta, rats again
by Chris Collender
Apr 11, 2022 07:25:46 pm.

Beautiful weather, bats are flying, and squirrels are breading, good times. Athens to snellville, over to Stone Mountain, then out to Atlanta
by Chris Collender
Apr 08, 2022 09:31:43 am.

Burrows through the attic insulation were evidence of roof rats that need to be trapped and removed from the attic of a house in Winder, Georgia. We treat residential rat infestation non-chemically using traps, not poisons. Among other benefits, this prevents the rats from dying inside the walls and stinking up the house.
by Webmaster
Apr 07, 2022 10:21:10 am.

Rain, rain go away, Chris C wants to do Some quotes today, Morganton(flyers), Carrollton(rats), College Park(raccoons), Brookhaven(squirrels)
by Chris Collender
Apr 05, 2022 02:15:46 pm.

Macon, Warner Robins, Perry and Forsyth Ga today bidding jobs and warranty services. Got crews all over south Ga as well sealing homes against bats and squirrels.
by Jason Arruda
Apr 04, 2022 02:12:52 pm.

Customer in Macon Ga.called in having issues with snakes entering her basement. Going out there now.
by Jason Arruda
Apr 01, 2022 10:28:59 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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