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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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Fingertip-high gaps between sections of the metal roof were enough space for roof rats to squeeze their way into a warehouse in Atlanta. Commercial buildings are every bit as vulnerable to pest rodent infestations as houses are.
by Webmaster
Sep 26, 2022 09:39:13 am.

Here's a Short but Informative Video about Handyman Rat Exclusion Attempts at Three Houses in Atlanta
by Webmaster
Sep 23, 2022 09:25:39 am.

Was in hiawassee for Bats, then Suches for rats, Suwannee for squirrels, and then Atlanta for rats again
by Chris Collender
Sep 22, 2022 12:56:25 pm.

Norway rats pulled the insulation from between the joists into the crawl space at a house in Decatur, Georgia. Our rat control specialists will remove and replace the insulation once they've trapped and removed the rats and rodent-proofed the house.
by Webmaster
Sep 22, 2022 10:35:37 am.

The droppings and leaf litter on the concrete basement floor made it obvious that a house in Atlanta needed Norway rat control. We'll eradicate the rat infestation non-chemically using trapping, removal, and rodent exclusion.
by Webmaster
Sep 22, 2022 10:19:34 am.

Lifting a shingle on the edge of the roof revealed a three-quarter-inch gap between the roof sheathing and fascia that allowed roof rats into the attic of a house in Marietta, Georgia. We're installing a wildlife barrier on the edge of the roof to keep rats, other rodent pests, and nuisance animals in general out of the attic.
by Webmaster
Sep 21, 2022 09:47:06 am.

A dryer vent cover that wasn't properly secured fell off the brick wall and allowed Norway rats into a house in Marietta, Georgia. A crew of pest control specialists from our Metro Atlanta office is properly installing a rodent-proof dryer vent, and using trapping and removal to non-chemically eradicate the existing rat infestation.
by Webmaster
Sep 21, 2022 09:36:12 am.

Was in winterville this morning for mice, then to blairsvile for flyers, then Cummings ga for rats. Headed to Marietta for some bats, busy day
by Chris Collender
Sep 20, 2022 01:41:02 pm.

Our Rodent Pest Control Experts are Sealing the Gap Around a Pipe Passing Through the Siding, Which is The Source of the Problem at a Norway Rat Control Job in Atlanta
by Webmaster
Sep 20, 2022 08:12:50 am.

A gap of about an inch around a pipe and some wires where they pass through a hole in the brick wall allowed Norway rats to squeeze through the gap and into a house in Decatur, Georgia. Non-chemical rat control at this house will consist of rodent-proofing the exterior, and using non-toxic trapping and removal to catch the existing rats and eliminate the infestation.
by Webmaster
Sep 20, 2022 08:07:48 am.

Atlanta job this morning, flyers in the attic, then headed to Decatur, rats in the crawl space
by Chris Collender
Sep 19, 2022 09:33:06 am.

We have a rodent-control crew installing an animal barrier over a three-quarter inch gap in the edge of the roof as part of a Sandy Springs, Georgia roof rat control job. The barrier with keep roof rats and other pests and nuisance animals out of the attic while we use traps to non-chemically catch and remove the existing rats.
by Webmaster
Sep 19, 2022 08:07:04 am.

A gap in the roof trim at the top of the corner post and right behind the rain gutter is the reason our rodent pest control crew is doing roof rat removal at a house in Atlanta today. The rats climbed up tree branches that are touching the roof, and then got into the attic through the gap in the trim.
by Webmaster
Sep 19, 2022 08:03:05 am.

A rectangular gap in the lattice of a rusty old foundation vent with a bundle of wires passing under it allowed Norway rats to climb the wires and get into a house in Stone Mountain, Georgia. Our rat control crew will replace all the foundation vent covers to rodent-proof the house, and set traps to eradicate the existing rat infestation without using poisons.
by Webmaster
Sep 19, 2022 07:58:13 am.

The vinyl siding and the plywood sheathing behind it are pulling away from the framing, exposing gaps in the exterior wall that Norway rats are using to get into a house in Mableton, Georgia. Our rat control crew will remove the siding to reattach the sheathing to close the gaps and make the house rodent-proof again.
by Webmaster
Sep 19, 2022 07:54:34 am.

This morning we have a team of pest control experts in the attic treating for roof rats in Marietta. Roof rat control is very similar to squirrel control because the animals have similar habits. Because they're much smaller, however, sealing roof rats out of a house will also keep squirrels and other nuisance wildlife out of the attic.
by Webmaster
Sep 16, 2022 09:53:09 am.

A gap of about an inch between the roof trim and the brick wall was all the space that roof rats needed to get into the attic of a house in Kennesaw, Georgia. Our rodent pest control squad is on ladders sealing the gap as part of a non-chemical rat control and rodent exclusion job.
by Webmaster
Sep 16, 2022 09:47:45 am.

The trim fell off from where a wooden column meets its brick base, exposing a two-inch high gap that allowed Norway rats into a house in Stone Mountain, Georgia. A rodent pest control crew from our Metro Atlanta office is non-chemically treating the rat infestation and rodent-proofing the house.
by Webmaster
Sep 15, 2022 11:31:38 am.

Chris Had to Get Down on the Ground and Look Up to Find an Easy-to-Miss Entry Gap at a Decatur, Georgia Norway Rat Control Job
by Webmaster
Sep 15, 2022 11:20:50 am.

Bats have been pretty busy this week, Atlanta to dunwoody, over to sandy springs, did a quote this morning for snakes in commerce ga, good times
by Chris Collender
Sep 15, 2022 10:09:54 am.

A rodent pest control crew doing Norway rat control in Atlanta is replacing the garage door weather seal to non-chemically keep rats out of the house. A three inch gap in the weather seal where it meets the garage door frame is how the rats got into the house in the first place.
by Webmaster
Sep 14, 2022 09:27:12 am.

Someone knocked a brick out of the wall to pass pipes and electrical conduits through, which allowed Norway rats into a house in Dacula, Georgia. Fortunately, our rodent pest control technicians have excellent masonry skills. They'll seal the gap to rodent-proof the house and non-chemically eliminate the rat infestation.
by Webmaster
Sep 14, 2022 09:09:23 am.

The stains on the timbers in the attic where the peak of the roof meets the wall were evidence of roof rats that need to be removed from the attic of a house in Dacula, Georgia. A rodent pest control crew from our Metro Atlanta office is setting traps to catch and remove the rats, and rodent-proofing the house to non-chemically prevent future infestations.
by Webmaster
Sep 13, 2022 10:07:44 am.

Norway rats gnawed a fist-sized hole through the bottom of the garage door and the adjacent wooden trim to get into a house in Atlanta. We have rodent pest control specialists repairing the damage and sealing the exterior of the house to non-chemically eradicate the rat infestation.
by Webmaster
Sep 13, 2022 09:59:13 am.

Technicians on our Non-Chemical Pest Control Crew are Sealing the Rodent Entry Gap at an Atlanta Norway Rat Control Job
by Webmaster
Sep 13, 2022 09:47:26 am.

Our Atlanta rat control specialists are screening the lightening holes in the cinder blocks that were turned sideways to ventilate the crawl space. Rats climbed up and into the house through those holes, and we need to seal the rats out of the house as part of the non-chemical rat control job.
by Webmaster
Sep 12, 2022 09:55:28 am.

Someone knocked a baseball-sized hole through the foundation vent cover behind an electrical box to pass the conduit through, which also allowed Norway rats into a house in Atlanta. Always checks after contractors make holes in your home's exterior walls to make sure that the gaps are sealed to keep rodents out of the house. You can also call our rodent pest control professionals to come check on it for you.
by Webmaster
Sep 07, 2022 09:15:52 am.

A one-inch gap around a pipe where it passes through the cinder block foundation at ground level is the reason why we're doing rat control in Peachtree City today. A rodent pest control crew from our Metro Atlanta office is setting traps to eliminate the rat infestation without using poisons, and rodent-proofing the house to prevent future problems.
by Webmaster
Sep 07, 2022 09:11:23 am.

Roof rats gnawed a hole about the size of a plum through the roof trim adjacent to the rain gutter to get into the attic of a house in Atlanta. Our rodent pest control technicians are treating the rat problem by trapping and removal, using no poisons.
by Webmaster
Sep 06, 2022 11:19:56 am.

Rats gnawed about three inches from the end of the rubber weather seal on the bottom of the garage door to get into a Marietta, Georgia home. We'll replace the weather seal as part of a non-chemical approach to eliminating the rat infestation and rodent-proofing the house.
by Webmaster
Sep 06, 2022 11:13:28 am.

Rats gnawed a section about the size of a golf ball out of the garage door weather seal to get into a house in Kennesaw, Georgia. Non-chemical rat control experts from our Metro Atlanta office will replace the weather seal and close any other gaps in the exterior of the house to make it rodent-proof.
by Webmaster
Sep 06, 2022 11:11:06 am.

Non-chemical rodent pest control experts from our Metro Atlanta office are doing roof rat removal and exclusion in Kennesaw today. An egg shaped dent in the drip edge right next to the rain gutter allowed the rats to get into the attic from a tree touching the house. No one knows how the drip edge got dented.
by Webmaster
Sep 02, 2022 09:14:42 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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