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Rat Control in Atlanta

Young rat in a cage trap facing the camera after being trapped and removed from a house by a pest control company.

There are many species of rats, but the two pest rat species that are most often encountered by rat extermination companies in Metro Atlanta and throughout Georgia are the roof rat (Rattus rattus), and the Norway or brown rat (Rattus norvegicus).

Although both rat species are found in both urban and rural areas throughout Georgia, roof rats are slightly more common in wooded rural areas, and Norway rats are more common in urban areas such as Atlanta and Marietta.

Rid-A-Critter provides safe, non-chemical control of both Norway rats and roof rats throughout the Metro Atlanta area.

Roof Rats

In nature, roof rats (also known as black rats or tree rats) live in trees and spend most of their time aloft. In Atlanta and other cities throughout Georgia, roof rats are most often found in attics, roof soffits, drop ceilings, mechanical equipment rooms in commercial buildings, church steeples and bell towers, the tops of elevator shafts, and other elevated areas.

Roof rats are smaller and slimmer than Norway rats, have exceptionally good balance, are excellent climbers, and can chew holes through many building materials. Their biology and behavior, as well as the damage they do, are very similar to those of gray squirrels; but because roof rats are slimmer animals, they can get into buildings through smaller openings than squirrels need. They can also climb walls very well if they need to, and can travel inside wall and ceiling voids once they get into a building.

Norway Rats

Norway rats (also known as brown rats, sewer rats, water rats, or wharf rats) are burrowing animals by nature; but they're also happy to live in homes and other human-occupied buildings. They have powerful teeth and jaws and can gnaw through most building materials. They often burrow and gnaw their way into basements, crawl spaces, and gaps under sheds and storage buildings.

Once they're inside a building, Norway rats can make their way through wall and ceiling voids and may migrate upwards, especially if that's where the food is or if population pressures force them to move. Norway rats are also excellent swimmers and are often found in sewers and around wharves and piers. And yes, rats can swim up into a toilet.

In short, Norway rats usually start at the bottom of a building and work their way up if they have to, and roof rats usually start at the top and work their way down if they have to.

Rats and Human Health

Rats were the first species of wildlife known to spread diseases. Historical evidence suggests that rats have been associated with disease even before biblical times, and practically all epidemiologists believe that rats were a big part of the reason for all of history's great plague epidemics. Specifically, rats are reservoirs for Yersinia pestis, the bacterium that causes plague. The fleas that feed on the rats then vector the disease to humans. Rats are also associated with the transmission of leptospirosis, rat-bite fever, salmonellosis, and many other diseases.

Rat Extermination Without Poisons

Rid-A-Critter treats rat problems without using pesticides or poisons of any kind. Our safe, non-chemical approach is the best way to solve structural rat problems. We seal rats and other rodent pests out of your house, and use traps to eliminate the existing infestation. This organic approach to pest rat control has many advantages over chemical rat control, including:

Safe, permanent, non-chemical rat removal and exclusion is the safest, most-effective, and most-permanent way to eliminate a rat infestation.

Metro Atlanta Rat Control Gallery

Here are some randomly-selected pictures we've taken at the many Metro Atlanta rat-removal and rat-proofing jobs we've done.

 

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A fist-sized, ground-level hole through the concrete foundation wall allowed Norway rats to simply walk into the crawl space of a house in Atlanta. Apparently some sort of pipe used to pass through the hole, but has since been removed. Our rat control team will seal the hole and make the house rodent-proof.
by Webmaster
Jan 30, 2023 09:58:31 am.

The crawl space under a commercial building in Atlanta is littered with rat droppings. We have a non-chemical rodent control crew setting traps to catch and remove the rats without using any poisons.
by Webmaster
Jan 26, 2023 10:30:46 am.

A Ground-Level Gap in the Brick Wall Makes it No Wonder this House in Kennesaw, Georgia Needs Norway Rat Control
by Webmaster
Jan 26, 2023 10:10:27 am.

Norway rats gnawed through foam insulation that a handyman applied around a gas pipe where it passes through the wooden siding and into a house in Atlanta. Our rat control crew is properly rodent-proofing the house and using traps to non-chemically treat the existing infestation.
by Webmaster
Jan 25, 2023 08:47:53 am.

A gap of about an inch under the garage door frame with some Christmas lights still passing through it allowed rats into the garage of a house in Duluth, Georgia. Our rodent pest exclusion specialists are sealing the gap to make the house rat-proof.
by Webmaster
Jan 23, 2023 09:15:33 am.

The Second Video in Today's Friday Double-Feature is of our Pest Control Crew Working at a Kennesaw, Georgia Norway Rat Control Job
by Webmaster
Jan 20, 2023 09:14:02 am.

A plastic roof ridge vent that is starting to detach from the shingles is the reason our rodent pest control crew is doing roof rat removal in Atlanta today. The rats got into the attic through a gap between the vent and the shingles.
by Webmaster
Jan 19, 2023 10:41:46 am.

Norway rats gnawed away about three inches of the lower left end of the bottom weather seal of the garage door to get into a house in Stone Mountain, Georgia. Our rat control crew is replacing the seal as part of a comprehensive, non-chemical rat-control and rodent pest-exclusion job.
by Webmaster
Jan 18, 2023 09:22:41 am.

The lower right-hand corner of an old, wooden garage door is water rotted, and the resulting gap allowed rats into the garage of a house in Conyers, Georgia. Our rat-control crew will address the water problem and repair the damage, as well as non-chemically trap and remove the rats that already got into the house.
by Webmaster
Jan 18, 2023 09:19:29 am.

The metal lattice of a rusty old foundation vent cover is broken, creating a gap that allowed Norway rats into a house in Dallas, Georgia. Our non-chemical rat control approach to this job will begin with replacing all the foundation vents to rodent-proof the house, and treating the existing infestation using trapping and removal of the rats.
by Webmaster
Jan 17, 2023 09:41:28 am.

Water damage to the bottom of a wooden garage door frame allowed Norway rats to basically poke their snouts through the rotted wood and get into the garage of a house in Dunwoody, Georgia. Our rat control crew will have to first address the water problem and replace the damaged wood to non-chemically eliminate the rat infestation.
by Webmaster
Jan 16, 2023 09:50:50 am.

Gaps Between the Stone Wall and the Corner Post are Why We're Doing Norway Rat Control at a House in Stone Mountain, Georgia
by Webmaster
Jan 16, 2023 09:35:46 am.

Lifting the edge of a shingle revealed a tapered gap between the plywood roof sheathing and the wooden fascia that allowed tree rats into the attic of a house in Duluth, Georgia. Our rat control experts are installing a metal pest barrier that will keep tree rats in the trees, and using traps to non-chemically eliminate the existing infestation.
by Webmaster
Jan 16, 2023 09:23:36 am.

Droppings and tufts of fiberglass insulation pulled down from the flooring were evidence of Norway rats that needed to be trapped and removed from the crawl space of a house in Atlanta. We have a rodent pest control in the crawl space non-chemically treating the infestation and rat-proofing the house.
by Webmaster
Jan 16, 2023 09:17:13 am.

The air-conditioning installer knocked a brick out of the foundation wall to pass a pipe through, but didn't seal the hole he made to keep rats out of a house in Dallas, Georgia. We have a crew of pest control technicians on-site non-chemically trapping and removing the rats and rodent-proofing the house.
by Webmaster
Jan 12, 2023 10:50:05 am.

The vent cover for the clothes dryer duct has gone missing, and the exposed end of the dryer duct allowed Norway rats into a house in Atlanta. Our rat control crew is using trapping and removal to non-chemically treat the rat problem, and installing a rodent-proof dryer vent to prevent future infestations.
by Webmaster
Jan 12, 2023 10:45:44 am.

Tail prints in the dust on top of an insulated heating duct told us that there were roof rats in the attic of a house in Duluth, Georgia. The rats scurried away when our rodent-control crew entered the attic, but the prints they left behind betrayed them.
by Webmaster
Jan 11, 2023 10:40:23 am.

A vertical brick under a window frame simply fell out of the wall, and the gap where the brick used to be allowed Norway rats into a house in Douglasville, Georgia. We have a rat-control crew with trowels at the ready replacing the brick, rodent-proofing the house, and non-chemically treating the rat infestation.
by Webmaster
Jan 11, 2023 10:24:47 am.

A crew doing roof rat control in Marietta, Georgia noticed a gap of about an inch between the roof flashing and the sheathing right behind the rain gutter that allowed the rats into the attic. They're covering the edge of the roof with a metal barrier that will keep rodent pests and nuisance animals out of the attic.
by Webmaster
Jan 09, 2023 10:06:59 am.

The screen behind the aluminum lattice of a foundation vent has largely rotted away, which allowed rats into the crawl space of a house in College Park, Georgia. Our rat control experts are installing new screens over the vents to rodent-proof the house.
by Webmaster
Jan 09, 2023 10:03:37 am.

A handyman inexplicably left a gap of more than an inch in the foundation to the right of a foundation vent that he screened to keep rats out of a house in Marietta, Georgia. Our rat control crew is at the house as we speak properly rodent-proofing the perimeter.
by Webmaster
Jan 09, 2023 09:51:40 am.

Started off in Rome ga, raccoons in the crawl space, then headed to Atlanta, ga, rats in the attic
by Chris Collender
Jan 05, 2023 11:48:37 am.

Little bits of gnawed pipe insulation strewn through the insulation were all the evidence our rodent-control experts needed that the attic of a house in Atlanta needed roof rat control.
by Webmaster
Jan 05, 2023 10:45:04 am.

Roof rats gnawed a hole about three fingers wide through the wooden roof trim where it met the shingles at a roof junction to get into the attic of a house in Atlanta. Once the rain lets up, our rodent pest control crow will repair the damage and seal the roof to rat-proof the house. In the meantime, they're in the attic setting traps to catch and remove the existing rats.
by Webmaster
Jan 04, 2023 10:14:33 am.

Several bricks in the bottom two rows of the wall somehow got pushed inwards, creating a gap that allowed Norway rats into a house in Jonesboro, Georgia. Our non-chemical rat-control team is on the scene with trowels in hand to repair the damage, rodent-proof the house, and trap and remove the rats that already got in.
by Webmaster
Jan 04, 2023 10:06:32 am.

Roof rats gnawed at the bottom of a plywood access door trying to get from the attic to the adjacent upstairs bedroom of a house in Atlanta. Most likely they smelled food that the homeowners were munching on in the bedroom. Our rat control crew is non-chemically trapping and removing the rats and rodent-proofing the house.
by Webmaster
Jan 04, 2023 09:38:26 am.

Our Non-Chemical Rat Control Specialists are Correcting a Handyman's Rat-Proofing Attempt at a Mableton, Georgia Home
by Webmaster
Jan 04, 2023 09:10:27 am.

A triangular gap formed by a fascia board that juts out from the house a couple of inches by the corner of the roof allowed roof rats into the attic of a Decatur, Georgia home. Rat control at this house will begin with sealing that and any other gaps that we find to seal rodent pests and nuisance animals out of the attic.
by Webmaster
Jan 03, 2023 09:56:41 am.

The mortar that the air-conditioning installer used to try to seal a ground-level gap in the bricks where he passed the pipes through the wall crumbled away, which allowed Norway rats into a house in Dunwoody, Georgia.
by Webmaster
Jan 03, 2023 09:44:49 am.

Norway rats chewed away about a four-inch wide gap in the bottom weather seal to enlarge an existing one-inch gap under the garage door and get into a house in Marietta, Georgia. We're adjusting the garage door and replacing the weather seal to exclude the rodents and non-chemically treat the rat problem.
by Webmaster
Jan 03, 2023 09:40:48 am.

Norway rats gnawed through the foam insulation between a bundle of pipes and wires and the four-inch conduit passing through the brick wall and into a house in Decatur, Georgia. Foam insulation is useless for rat control and rodent pest control in general. Rats can chew through sheet metal if they need to badly enough. Foam certainly isn't going to keep them out of a house.
by Webmaster
Jan 03, 2023 09:37:05 am.

Happy New years, back at it, started off in Conyers ga, squirrels, then headed to Stone Mountain ga, rats in the attic, now In Gainesville ga, bats in the house
by Chris Collender
Jan 02, 2023 11:16:26 am.

The Atlanta, Georgia office of Rid-A-Critter provides rat extermination and removal in all of Metro Atlanta including the City of Atlanta and the communities of Berkeley Lake, Buckhead, Cartersville, College Park, Conyers, Decatur, Douglasville, Duluth, Dunwoody, Fayetteville, Hull, Johns Creek, Kennesaw, Lithonia, Loganville, Mableton, Marietta, McDonough, Newnan, Norcross, Peachtree City, Powder Springs, Sandy Springs, Smyrna, Stone Mountain, and Vinings. We are fully licensed and insured.

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