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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

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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Rats used the ventilation gaps in the brick foundation to get into the crawl space of a house in Athens, Georgia. Rat pest control technicians are on site installing screens over the vent holes to keep rats and other rodents out of the house.
by Webmaster
Jan 27, 2022 09:31:49 am.

Busy day, was in Rome for squirrels, then powder springs and Atlanta for rats
by Chris Collender
Jan 26, 2022 06:14:43 pm.

Tail prints in the dust told a story of a roof rat problem in the attic of a house in Braselton, Georgia. Rat pest control specialists from our Athens office are treating the rat problem non-chemically, using only non-toxic trapping and exclusion, without any pesticides or poisons at all.
by Webmaster
Jan 25, 2022 10:24:01 am.

Today we're doing non-chemical rat control at a Bogart, Georgia home. Pest control technicians from our Athens office are sealing up gaps in the foundation to make the house rodent-proof, and using traps to quickly and safely treat the existing Norway rat infestation without using any poisons at all.
by Webmaster
Jan 20, 2022 08:54:10 am.

A rodent pest control team working an Athens, Georgia rat control job discovered that the rats are getting into the crawl space through gaps in the foundation, and are getting into the rest of the house through the wall voids. We're treating the rat problem non-chemically, starting with rodent-proofing the foundation to keep the rats out; and using traps to catch the ones that are already in the house.
by Webmaster
Jan 20, 2022 08:50:27 am.

The snow didn’t stop me nor the animals, was in Hiawasse, Duluth, Snellville, and then Marietta
by Chris Collender
Jan 18, 2022 04:41:40 pm.

A two-inch diameter hole through a brick wall where a pipe used to pass through allowed Norway rats into a house in Bogart, Georgia. Rat control at this house will include patching that hole to keep rodents out of the house. The existing rats will be trapped and removed from the house without using any poisons.
by Webmaster
Jan 17, 2022 08:33:07 am.

The reason we have a rat control crew at an Athens, Georgia home is that part of the garage door seal broke and fell off. The resulting gap allowed rats to get into the house. We'll replace the weather seal as part of treating the rat problem and preventing future rodent infestations without using poisons.
by Webmaster
Jan 17, 2022 08:29:24 am.

Will be a cold and windy day today. Guys will be out working hard to seal homes, preventing all kinds of pest animals from getting in. Animals like rats, mice, squirrels, raccoons and opossums want out of the cold too. Pest animals beware.
by Richard Adcock
Jan 17, 2022 06:39:14 am.

Pretty good day in the office yesterday. We accepted new pest animal removal jobs in Grayson, Athens, Duluth, Fayetteville, Chamblee, Marietta, Monroe & Canton to name a few. For the best pest animal control service call Ridacritter today!
by Richard Adcock
Jan 14, 2022 07:43:04 am.

The droppings around and under the water heater were a dead giveaway of a rat infestation at a house in Athens, Georgia. A rat pest control crew is rodent-proofing the house to keep pest rats and mice out, and is using traps to quickly eliminate the existing rat problem without using poisons.
by Webmaster
Jan 13, 2022 11:02:56 am.

Currently in Monroe ga, squirrel job, headed to Atlanta now for rats in the crawl space
by Chris Collender
Jan 13, 2022 10:01:40 am.

Droppings and rub marks in the crawl space made it easier for our rodent pest control technicians to track down the entry gaps at an Athens, Georgia rat control job. This is important because we treat rat problems without using any poisons, and knowing the rats' travel paths helps us place the traps more precisely where they'll do the most good.
by Webmaster
Jan 10, 2022 09:57:16 am.

Quoted a house in flowery branch with rats, then Gainesville for flyers now off to Cummings for squirrels
by Chris Collender
Jan 10, 2022 09:29:58 am.

Our Rat Pest Control Technicians will be Using their Masonry and Carpentry Skills at an Athens, Georgia Home that Badly Needs Rodent Exclusion
by Webmaster
Jan 05, 2022 11:11:55 am.

Baby it’s cold outside, lilburn, lawrenceville, and McDonough, all 3 calls where squirrels chewing threw the ceiling into the house
by Chris Collender
Jan 04, 2022 12:01:10 pm.

Beginning of another great year in the pest critter control, removal and prevention business. Call Ridacritter for a quote so you can be critter free. We service metro areas of Atlanta, Macon, Albany, Valdosta, Birmingham and many more.
by Richard Adcock
Jan 03, 2022 06:52:37 am.

We have new pest animal removal jobs in Birmingham, Lawrenceville, Hoover, Alpharetta, Marietta, Stonecrest and Smyrna to name a few. Crews will be providing free quotes for removal & prevention of critters in homes and attics.
by Richard Adcock
Dec 28, 2021 08:47:39 am.

Busy day after the Holidays, in Austell for snakes in the basement, then to Duluth and Stonecrest for squirrels, now on my way to Alpharetta for another quote
by Chris Collender
Dec 27, 2021 01:06:28 pm.

You don't have to share your home with pest animals like mice, rats, squirrels, raccoons, opossum or bats. Call Ridacritter for a free quote on pest animal removal and prevention. Over 20 years Ridacritter has been assisting home owners.
by Richard Adcock
Dec 23, 2021 10:43:26 am.

Today pest control technicians from our Athens office are replacing the weather seal and trim of a garage door as part of a Winder, Georgia rat control job. Pest exclusion is critical to achieving permanent rodent control without using poisons.
by Webmaster
Dec 23, 2021 09:43:51 am.

In Valdosta taking care of customers with rats and another with squirrels in the attic. Scratching noises prompted them to call us.
by Jason Arruda
Dec 22, 2021 12:37:31 pm.

Had a squirrel job this morning in McDonough, then had bats in the house in Atlanta
by Chris Collender
Dec 22, 2021 12:26:54 pm.

Rat droppings coming down onto the foundation wall from under an extension were evidence of a rat infestation at a house in Athens, Georgia. A rat control crew is setting traps to catch and remove the rats, and rodent proofing the house to seal pest rats and mice out.
by Webmaster
Dec 22, 2021 11:15:19 am.

Click the Link for an Amusing Video of Another Electronic Rodent Repeller that Doesn't Work
by Webmaster
Dec 22, 2021 10:23:54 am.

Today have rodent pest control technicians doing roof rat control in Athens, Georgia. The bulk of their work will be sealing gaps in the roof to non-chemically keep rodents and nuisance wildlife out of the attic. The rats who are already living up there will be trapped and removed, eliminating the infestation without using poisons.
by Webmaster
Dec 21, 2021 10:43:56 am.

Its Christmas week and the Ridacritter techs are out there helping remove and prevent nuisance pest animals like rats, mice, squirrels, bats and raccoons. You dont have to share your attic or home with pest wildlife, call Ridacritter today.
by Richard Adcock
Dec 20, 2021 09:39:16 am.

Pest rodents like rats, mice & squirrels often move into homes in cold wet weather. Call Ridacritter for a free quote on removal and prevention of pest animals. Servicing metro Birmingham AL, Macon Ga, Athens Ga, Atlanta Ga, Albany Ga areas
by Richard Adcock
Dec 17, 2021 09:24:17 am.

Hearing noises in your home? That’s not Santa in your attic, that’s nuisance wildlife making their home home in your home! Give us call to schedule an estimate. We’ll have them out in no time!
by Amber A.
Dec 14, 2021 05:00:46 pm.

One of our Athens area pest control technicians is replacing the garage door weather seal as part of a Bogart, Georgia rat control job. The weather seal just got brittle with age and a piece fell off, which allowed Norway rats into the house.
by Webmaster
Dec 13, 2021 11:06:24 am.

When Our Pest Control Technicians Inspected the House, they Discovered that Norway Rats Tore the Screen off a Vent at an Athens, Georgia Rat Control Job
by Webmaster
Dec 13, 2021 10:48:36 am.

Quoted squirrels in conyers, now off to McDonough, more squirrels
by Chris Collender
Dec 13, 2021 10:15:26 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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