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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 Gap Around a Pipe Passing through the Brick Wall at Ground Level is Why this Brick House in Tyrone, Georgia Needs Non-Chemical Norway Rat Control
by Webmaster
May 27, 2022 10:39:15 am.

A rodent pest control team doing Norway rat control in Decatur, Georgia will be replacing all the foundation vents to eliminate the rat problem without using poisons. The old vents have basically rusted away and need to be replaced to keep rodent pests and nuisance wildlife out of the house.
by Webmaster
May 27, 2022 10:18:41 am.

Our rodent pest control technicians are doing roof rat removal and exclusion in an attic in Atlanta today. They're doing the job without using poisons, of course, by rat-proofing the house, and using traps to catch and remove the existing rats.
by Webmaster
May 26, 2022 09:50:55 am.

Today one of our rodent pest control crews is doing Norway rat control in Atlanta. The rats are getting into the house through a gap in the siding where the air-conditioning lines pass through the wall into the house. This is a very common way for rodent pest problems to begin.
by Webmaster
May 25, 2022 10:18:37 am.

A customer used hardware store insulating foam as part of a DIY approach to Norway rat control at a house in Atlanta, but the rats chewed right through the foam and into the house. Don't waste your time with insulating foam. Call us for professional, non-chemical rodent pest control.
by Webmaster
May 20, 2022 09:25:11 am.

A two-inch square gap in the foundation vent where the lattice is broken is allowing Norway rats into a house in Avondale Estates, Georgia. Our rodent pest control crew will replace the vent cover as part of the rat-extermination and rodent-exclusion job.
by Webmaster
May 19, 2022 10:17:49 am.

A one-inch gas pipe passing through a three-inch hole in the foundation wall made it easy for Norway rats to get into the crawl space of a house in College Park, Georgia. A rat pest control crew from our Metro Atlanta office is sealing the hole as part of a comprehensive rodent-proofing job.
by Webmaster
May 19, 2022 10:14:27 am.

Norway rats gnawed a dome-shaped hole through the bottom of a wooden crawl space door to get into a house in Atlanta. Our rat control crew is building a new crawl space door as part of the non-chemical rodent control and exclusion job.
by Webmaster
May 19, 2022 09:40:54 am.

Norway rats gnawed through the rotting screen behind a foundation vent to get into a house in Marietta, Georgia. Our rodent pest control crew is covering all the vents with tough, rodent-proof screens that will keep rats and mice out of the house.
by Webmaster
May 19, 2022 09:38:21 am.

The spaces between the joists of an extension where it meets the house proper allowed Norway rats into the crawl space of a house in Newnan, Georgia. Our rat pest control crew will close the gaps between the joists to rodent-proof the house, and use traps to eradicate the existing rat infestation without using any rodenticides or other poisons.
by Webmaster
May 18, 2022 11:07:14 am.

About six inches of the garage door weather seal broke off and went missing, which is why we're doing Norway rat control in Conyers, Georgia today. Rats and other rodent pests look for gaps in structures that most people don't even notice, and use them to get into homes and commercial buildings.
by Webmaster
May 17, 2022 09:41:03 am.

The gap between a pipe and an electrical conduit passing through a baseball-sized hole in a brick wall is why we're doing a non-chemical rat control job at a house in Atlanta today. Rats can fit through holes only slightly larger than their heads, making rat-proofing a house very meticulous work.
by Webmaster
May 17, 2022 09:06:25 am.

The clothes dryer vent was not properly secured and crept out away from the brick wall. That allowed Norway rats into a house in Atlanta. Our rodent pest control team will properly install a rodent-proof dryer vent as part of the non-chemical rat control job.
by Webmaster
May 16, 2022 11:02:32 am.

Today our non-chemical rodent pest control team is out there doing Norway rat control in Mableton, Georgia. Most of the work will be screening off the gaps between the bricks being used to ventilate the crawl space. The rest will be trapping and removing the existing rats to cure the infestation without using poisons.
by Webmaster
May 13, 2022 10:13:49 am.

A fist-sized hole in a cinder block at ground level is why we're doing Norway rat control in Atlanta today. Our non-chemical rodent pest control crew will seal the gap as soon as they're sure that all the rats have been trapped and removed from the house.
by Webmaster
May 11, 2022 09:43:09 am.

A roughly triangular break about three inches across in a cinder block is allowing Norway rats into a house in Palmetto, Georgia. We have to make sure that all the rats have been removed from the house before sealing the hole to rodent-proof the house.
by Webmaster
May 10, 2022 10:15:42 am.

The rotten screens behind the metal foundation vents are allowing Norway rats to get into a house in Atlanta. We have a rodent pest control crew replacing all the screens to achieve rat control and rodent exclusion without using chemicals.
by Webmaster
May 10, 2022 10:08:40 am.

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

About two inches of the garage door weather seal broke off and went missing, which allowed Norway rats into a house in Peachtree City, Georgia. We'll replace the broken seal as part of a non-chemical rat control and rodent pest-exclusion job, to eliminate the rat infestation without using poisons.
by Webmaster
May 09, 2022 10:42:34 am.

A gap in the foundation wall over where the dryer vent is installed is allowing Norway rats into a house in Tucker, Georgia. A rat control team from our Metro Atlanta office is patching the hole and installing a rodent-proof dryer vent to non-chemically eliminate the rat infestation.
by Webmaster
May 06, 2022 09:33:06 am.

Norway Rats Made a Real Mess in the Crawl Space at a Lithonia, Georgia Rat Control Job
by Webmaster
May 05, 2022 09:53:32 am.

Water erosion of the concrete driveway opened up a gap under the garage door frame that allowed Norway rats into a house in Atlanta. Our rat control crew is patching the cement and sealing the gap as parts of a non-chemical rat control and rodent-exclusion job.
by Webmaster
May 05, 2022 09:41:38 am.

We Have a Rodent Pest Control Crew Sealing a Man-Made Entry Hole at a Newnan, Georgia Norway Rat Control Job
by Webmaster
May 05, 2022 09:35:19 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.

Our Metro Atlanta rodent pest control experts are doing rat control in Sandy Springs, Georgia today. The rats are getting in through a gap between the brick facade and the foundation, which we'll seal as part of the non-chemical rat control and rodent exclusion job.
by Webmaster
May 04, 2022 09:46:38 am.

A gap between air-conditioning pipes and wires and the conduit they pass through is allowing rats into a house in Atlanta. It's puzzling that the air-conditioning installer went through the trouble of using a conduit, but didn't bother sealing around the pipes to keep rodents out of the house.
by Webmaster
May 03, 2022 10:25:10 am.

Here's a Video of Jason, Tim, and Justin Finding a Broken Pipe at a Sandy Springs, Georgia Rat Control Job
by Webmaster
May 01, 2022 09:42:19 pm.

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.

Rats gnawed a fist-sized hole through the wooden siding to get into a house in Stockbridge, Georgia. We have a rat pest control non-chemically treating the rat problem, rodent-proofing the house, cleaning up after the rats, and repairing the damage to the siding.
by Webmaster
Apr 28, 2022 09:42:02 am.

Norway rats gnawed a hole through a corner of the garage door weather seal to get into a house in Atlanta. Our non-chemical rat pest control technicians are replacing the seals to rodent proof the house, and treating the existing rat infestation using trapping and removal.
by Webmaster
Apr 28, 2022 09:38:00 am.

The droppings and urine in the insulation were tell-tail evidence of a roof rat infestation in the attic of a house in Fayetteville, Georgia. Rat pest control technicians from our Metro Atlanta office are trapping and removing the rats and rodent-proofing the house to eliminate the infestation without using poisons.
by Webmaster
Apr 27, 2022 10:25:38 am.

Norway rats started with a knot hole in the wooden siding, and enlarged it into a fist-sized hole that allowed them to get into a house in Conyers, Georgia. A rat pest control crew from our Metro Atlanta office is non-chemically treating the rat infestation and repairing the damage.
by Webmaster
Apr 27, 2022 09:38:32 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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