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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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We have technicians patching up holes in a foundation to keep rats out of an Athens, Georgia home. There used to be pipes running through the holes; but the pipes were removed, and now rats are using them to get into the house.
by Webmaster
Feb 26, 2021 10:34:48 am.

We just removed what we believe to be the last of the Norway rats from a house in Athens, Georgia. The house in now rodent-proof; but we'll leave some traps in place over the weekend just to make sure there are no stragglers.
by Webmaster
Feb 26, 2021 10:28:12 am.

Rats, mice and squirrels today. Wildlife repairs with trapping. Animal exclusion needed call us for a free quote.
by Jason Arruda
Feb 25, 2021 10:58:52 am.

Rainy all over Georgia it seems like. Hard for us to keep dry when we’re determined to evict the animals and seal to keep them out. In Albany Ga now for a couple quotes and then to Zebulon Ga for another quote for squirrels removal. Be safe
by Jason Arruda
Feb 18, 2021 11:10:35 am.

Surely This House in Athens, Georgia Needs Non-Chemical Rat Control
by Webmaster
Feb 16, 2021 10:59:42 am.

A crew from our Athens office is rat-proofing the roof of a house in Braselton, Georgia. We set traps to catch and remove the existing rats, and we'll be sealing the gaps along the edges of the roof to keep them out.
by Webmaster
Feb 09, 2021 10:29:08 am.

Keep a look out for your downspouts, squirrels love to chew into them if you have covers on the bottom. It’s baby season, so don’t hesitate to call Ridacritter today!
by Jake A.
Feb 03, 2021 03:13:57 pm.

Headed over to Albany Georgia for a quote to exclude squirrels.
by Jason Arruda
Feb 02, 2021 11:44:36 am.

Give Ridacritter a call for any of your nuisance animal needs. From Bats, to Bees, Squirrels, to Rats, Ridacritter solves all of your problems. Call for an exclusion today!
by Jake A.
Jan 30, 2021 10:25:50 am.

A crew from our Athens office is on their way to seal the roof of a house in Statham, Georgia to keep roof rats out of the attic. They'll also be trapping and removing the rats that are already living up there.
by Webmaster
Jan 26, 2021 09:16:28 am.

Very busy right now. Lots of squirrels and rats in the Birmingham and surrounding areas. Looks like bats are flying already as I’ve got several bat jobs to look at this week. Had a customer yesterday with squirrels and bats.
by Chris Scott
Jan 26, 2021 08:07:01 am.

A rat-control crew from our Athens office is closing the gaps in the brick foundation to prevent rats from getting into a house in Jefferson, Georgia. We'll also be setting traps to catch the rats that already got in.
by Webmaster
Jan 15, 2021 10:27:35 am.

Today we're doing non-chemical rat control at a house in Athens, Georgia. We're trapping the rats, removing them from the house, and making the house rat-proof. That's the safest, longest-lasting way to solve a rat problem.
by Webmaster
Jan 11, 2021 10:54:20 am.

A crew from our Athens office is rat-proofing a house in Mansfield, Georgia. Norway rats chewed through a wooden foundation vent to get into the crawl space. We'll replace it with something more sturdy that will keep them out.
by Webmaster
Jan 08, 2021 12:35:04 pm.

The weather makes for a slow day, but the calls tell us the rodents are still as busy as ever!
by Amber A.
Jan 07, 2021 05:44:51 pm.

In Auburn Alabama quoting exclusions for gray squirrels today.
by Jason Arruda
Jan 07, 2021 11:01:30 am.

Lots of squirrel and rat calls today. From Birmingham to Anniston.
by Chris Scott
Jan 07, 2021 09:46:52 am.

We have a team of technicians closing up construction gaps in the roof to seal rats out of the attic of a house in Athens, Georgia. We perform residential rat control using only trapping, removal, and exclusion.
by Webmaster
Jan 07, 2021 08:52:27 am.

Our technicians are rat-proofing a house in Athens, Georgia. Roof rats were getting into the attic through a gap between the roof sheathing and the fascia. We'll trap and remove the rats and close the gap to seal them out.
by Webmaster
Jan 05, 2021 10:46:31 am.

In Alpharetta, Ga this morning providing a clearance letter to a customer so their buyers can rest assured they’re purchasing a Critter Free home. Did I mention our Warranty is 100% transferable??
by Tim McDavid
Jan 05, 2021 09:29:57 am.

Lots of squirrel calls today. It appears gray and flying squirrels are attempting to take over every attic in the Birmingham and surrounding areas.
by Chris Scott
Jan 04, 2021 05:58:27 pm.

New Blog Post: Happy New Year!
by Webmaster
Dec 31, 2020 10:41:11 am.

New Blog Post: Merry Christmas!
by Webmaster
Dec 24, 2020 11:23:46 am.

We have technicians applying screening over the foundation vent holes to keep rats out of a house in Athens, Georgia. We'll also be non-chemically trapping and removing rats that are already living in the crawl space.
by Webmaster
Dec 24, 2020 10:54:54 am.

Finishing up on a exclusion in Cordele Ga and headed to Valdosta Ga for some trap checking. Good times. Happy Monday.
by Jason Arruda
Dec 07, 2020 10:46:24 am.

Norway Rats Chewed their Way into the Garage of this House in Athens, Georgia
by Webmaster
Dec 02, 2020 10:29:05 am.

Our Athens office has a crew closing up the gaps around the edges of the roof to prevent future rat infestations in the attic of a Hoschton, Georgia home. The rats already in the attic have already been non-chemically trapped and removed.
by Webmaster
Nov 19, 2020 09:40:51 am.

Our Athens office has a team trapping and removing roof rats from the attic of a house in Social Circle, Georgia. They're also closing up gaps around the roof and soffit to prevent future roof rat infestations.
by Webmaster
Nov 16, 2020 12:06:44 pm.

Our Athens, Georgia regional office has a crew sealing gaps in the roof and walls of a house in Athens to keep roof rats out of the house. Roof rats are slender and slinky and can fit through holes not much bigger than a quarter.
by Webmaster
Nov 16, 2020 11:41:34 am.

Our Athens office is sealing the gaps between the roof trim and the stone walls of a house in Jefferson, Georgia to keep rats out of the attic. Stone houses are very prone to animal problems because the irregular surfaces are hard to seal.
by Webmaster
Nov 12, 2020 09:59:49 am.

We have a team of rat-control technicians sealing gaps in the top of the stucco wall of a house in Athens, Georgia to keep roof rats out of the attic.
by Webmaster
Nov 10, 2020 11:13:35 am.

Our Athens, Georgia office has a crew heading out to a Norway rat-removal job at a house in Watkinsville. They'll set traps to catch and remove the rats, and seal any gaps they find in the foundation to seal the rats out permanently.
by Webmaster
Oct 22, 2020 10:51:11 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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