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Rat Removal and Control in Atlanta

Young rat in a cage trap facing the camera after being trapped and removed from a house

There are many species of rats, but the two species that are most often encountered by rodent control 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 usually get into homes and other buildings from nearby trees, especially if the limbs touch or overhang the house; or by running along aerial wiring that enters the building. 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 if given the opportunity. They have powerful teeth and jaws and can gnaw through most building materials. Quite often they'll burrow and gnaw their way into basements, crawl spaces, and gaps under sheds and storage buildings. Once they're inside a building, they 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. But these are just generalizations. Either specie can be found anywhere in a home or building. Once in a while, both species may be infesting different parts of the same building. You won't find Norway rats and roof rats in the same part of a building, however. Despite being close relatives, the two species do not get along at all.

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.

Why Non-Chemical Rat Control and Exclusion is Better

There are quite a few problems with using chemical rodenticides for rat extermination. When you consider them all, we think you'll agree that Rid-A-Critter's safe, non-chemical approach is the best way to solve structural rat problems. Instead of poisoning rats, we seal rats out of your house and make it rodent-proof without using poisons. Our organic rat control method has many advantages over chemical rat control:

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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Norway rats used the gap under a crawl space door to get into a house in Smyrna, Georgia. A rat control team working out of our Metro Atlanta office is setting traps to quickly and safely eliminate the rat infestation, and replacing the crawl space door to rodent-proof the house.
by Webmaster
Oct 27, 2021 10:38:00 am.

While most litters of squirrels are at least 4+ wks old by now, there are always a few late bloomers! If you suspect activity in your attic, give us a call for an estimate!
by Amber A.
Oct 27, 2021 09:59:04 am.

Rats gnawed through the vinyl door trim to get into a house in Lithia Springs, Georgia. We're sending a rat control crew from our Metro Atlanta office to trap and remove the rats, repair the damage, and rodent-proof the house.
by Webmaster
Oct 26, 2021 06:50:08 am.

We're sending a crew to non-chemically treat roof rats in the attic of a Newnan, Georgia home. Aside from being a safer and more permanent solution, non-chemical rat control using trapping, removal, and exclusion eliminates the risk of accidentally poisoning non-target animals.
by Webmaster
Oct 26, 2021 06:38:18 am.

Not at all surprisingly, a Handyman Failed in his Attempt to Rat-Proof this House in Atlanta
by Webmaster
Oct 25, 2021 10:00:11 am.

This Morning We're Replacing the Foundation Vent Covers to Rat-Proof a House in Marietta, Georgia
by Webmaster
Oct 25, 2021 09:50:11 am.

Ridacritter teams are all over Alabama and Georgia this week removing all kinds of critters from homes. The best way to get rid of rats, bats, squirrels & mice in Atlanta, Macon and Birmingham is to call Ridacritter.
by Richard Adcock
Oct 25, 2021 08:21:25 am.

In Warner Robins Ga. today finishing up a bat exclusion installing Ridge Guard on the ridge vents. Then I’m going to Mount Plesant Ga. for another exclusion quote.
by Jason Arruda
Oct 25, 2021 08:18:08 am.

Headed to Cropwell to look at a house with a squirrel problem in the attic. Got a big bat exclusion and removal job in trussville today. Mouse job in vestavia. Then back to Birmingham for squirrels.
by Chris Scott
Oct 25, 2021 08:16:14 am.

Norway rats chewed through the exterior wooden trim to get into a house in Fayetteville, Georgia. We'll treat the rat problem non-chemically using trapping, removal, and exclusion. That's the only way to permanently eliminate a rat problem.
by Webmaster
Oct 22, 2021 09:12:05 am.

Our Technicians are Correcting a Common Rat-Entry Situation at a McDonough, Georgia Norway Rat Control Job
by Webmaster
Oct 22, 2021 09:00:45 am.

Been a busy day! From Birmingham to Mountain Brook to Vestavia. Lots and lots of squirrel calls. They are very active and very destructive.
by Chris Scott
Oct 21, 2021 02:20:17 pm.

One of our Metro Atlanta rat control teams is sealing the gap between the roof sheathing and fascia to keep roof rats and other animals out of the attic of an Atlanta home.
by Webmaster
Oct 21, 2021 11:07:30 am.

A crew working a Conyers, Georgia Norway rat control job had to shimmy under the deck to find a hole in the foundation wall that was allowing rats into the house. They'll seal it up as part of a comprehensive rat removal and rodent proofing job.
by Webmaster
Oct 21, 2021 10:54:35 am.

Out here in Lizella Ga doing a animal exclusion on a home that has bats. Then we’re headed to Macon Ga to do a exclusion quote for squirrels.
by Jason Arruda
Oct 21, 2021 10:48:10 am.

This Old, Worn-Out Crawl Space Door Needs Replacement as Part of an Atlanta Rat Control Job
by Webmaster
Oct 21, 2021 10:43:48 am.

About an inch worth of pipes and wires passing through a four-inch hole in the foundation made it easy for Norway rats to get into a house in Atlanta. A rat control crew is trapping and removing the rats, and sealing all the holes and gaps, to permanently rodent-proof the house.
by Webmaster
Oct 20, 2021 10:41:10 am.

Norway rats gnawed most of the insulation off a heating duct running through the crawl space of a house in Covington, Georgia. Fortunately, they didn't get inside the duct. That would have been a major problem.
by Webmaster
Oct 20, 2021 10:33:43 am.

Click the link for a picture of Justin Using a Borescope at a Kennesaw, Georgia Rat Control Inspection
by Webmaster
Oct 20, 2021 10:05:08 am.

Today our Metro Atlanta office has technicians working a Kennesaw, Georgia Norway rat control job. The rats are getting into the house through a hole in the wooden siding where the evaporate line passes through. A one inch pipe through a three inch hole leaves plenty of room for rats to get into a house.
by Webmaster
Oct 20, 2021 10:00:33 am.

Albany, Americus and Thomaston squirrel calls are on the rise. Scheduled them all today for exclusion quotes. Scratching noises in the attic prompted them to call. Call for your free quote.
by Jason Arruda
Oct 19, 2021 10:16:47 am.

Helping out with removing rats out of a house in Atlanta area and helping other techs.
by Justin A.
Oct 19, 2021 09:29:24 am.

Today we found yet another case of an air-conditioning installer not sealing around his pipes and wires, thus allowing Norway rats to get into a house in Atlanta. Our rat control and exclusion crew is trapping and removing the rats and sealing the gaps to keep them out.
by Webmaster
Oct 19, 2021 08:55:41 am.

Another busy day. Off to Tuscaloosa to quote a couple of clients who are interested in having their homes sealed to prevent rodent entry. Then to Mountain Brook for some squirrels in an attic.
by Chris Scott
Oct 19, 2021 07:55:58 am.

We have a crew sealing up holes and gaps in the foundation as the most critical part of a Newnan, Georgia rat control job. The only way to permanently eliminate a Norway rat problem is to seal them out of a house.
by Webmaster
Oct 18, 2021 10:40:14 am.

No job to big Not even in Grayson
by Alfonso K.
Oct 18, 2021 09:32:48 am.

As we get ready for the cooler weather, so do they! Monday has started off with lots of “animals/noises in attic” calls!! Call your local RAC office for an estimate on humane removal & exclusion!
by Amber A.
Oct 18, 2021 08:44:48 am.

Beautiful week ahead for helping customers rid critters from their attics. If you live in and around Birmingham AL, Atlanta, GA Macon, Ga and you hear animals in your home call Ridacritter. We can get those rats, bats & squirrels out.
by Richard Adcock
Oct 18, 2021 08:10:23 am.

Busy Saturday @ Ridacritter. We accepted new jobs or rat, mice, bat and squirrel removal in Indian Springs Village AL, Macon GA, Acworth GA, Harpersville AL & Albany GA. Don't share your house or attic with nuisance critters.
by Richard Adcock
Oct 17, 2021 09:07:05 am.

Want to know how to get rid of rat? The easiest an best way to get rid of rats or mice is to call Ridacritter. Cold weather is approaching and rodents will head indoors. Call Ridacritter for a free quote on rat or mice removal & prevention.
by Richard Adcock
Oct 17, 2021 09:01:20 am.

Want to know how to get rid of rats? Simply call Ridacritter for the best rat removal and rat prevention service around. For over 20 years Ridacritter has been helping home owners remove and prevent animals in their homes.
by Richard Adcock
Oct 15, 2021 08:12:00 am.

First stop was rat trapping and removal in Dunwoody, now headed for a rat exclusion In Sandy Springs.
by Jason McFarland
Oct 15, 2021 08:04:33 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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