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Atlanta Rat Removal and Control

Young rat found at an Alpharetta, Georgia rat control job

Young rat found at an Alpharetta, Georgia rat control job

There are many species of rats, but the two species that most often become pests 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:

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

Rat Control Gallery

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

 

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A Gap in the Edge of the Roof Needs to be Fixed to Rat-Proof a Marietta, Georgia Home
by Webmaster
Jul 27, 2021 11:08:09 am.

One of our rodent-exclusion technicians is adjusting a garage door and replacing its weather seal to keep Norway rats (as well as mice and other animals) out of a house in College Park, Georgia. Garage doors often go out of adjustment and need attention to keep small animals out of the garage.
by Webmaster
Jul 27, 2021 11:01:49 am.

A Case of Human-Assisted Norway Rat Infestation in the Crawl Space of an Atlanta Home
by Webmaster
Jul 27, 2021 10:21:21 am.

A one inch gap running along the edges of the roof needs to be sealed to permanently keep roof rats out of the attic of a house in Marietta, Georgia. You can't solve a rat problem until you seal the rats out of the house. Otherwise, new rats will get in as quickly as you remove the old ones.
by Webmaster
Jul 26, 2021 09:51:15 am.

Today We're Rat-Proofing the Attic of a House in Atlanta
by Webmaster
Jul 26, 2021 09:09:49 am.

Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!
by Amber A.
Jul 23, 2021 06:29:58 pm.

Permanently and non-chemically eliminating the roof rats from the attic of a house in Snellville, Georgia will require that we seal a gap running along the edge of the roof to exclude rats from the attic. Both removing the existing rats, and keeping new rats from getting in, are necessary to solve a rat problem.
by Webmaster
Jul 23, 2021 10:31:06 am.

Norway rats gnawed right through the garage door frame, which will have to be repaired as part of a Smyrna, Georgia rat-removal job. Trapping and removing rats from the house would be pointless without also sealing up the gaps and holes to make the house rodent-proof.
by Webmaster
Jul 23, 2021 10:26:45 am.

Roof rats in the attic of a house in Mableton, Georgia gnawed literally all of the insulation off the air-conditioning lines. No one even knew they were up there until the A/C stopped working. One of our Atlanta rat control crews is trapping and removing the rats and rodent-proofing the house.
by Webmaster
Jul 22, 2021 11:53:36 am.

We're starting a roof rat-removal and rodent-proofing job at a house in Jonesboro, Georgia today. The work will include non-chemically trapping and removing the rats from the attic, trimming back some tree branched, replacing the soiled attic insulation, and rodent-proofing the whole house.
by Webmaster
Jul 22, 2021 11:50:14 am.

An electrician investigating a tripped breaker discovered that roof rats had been gnawing on the wiring in the attic of a house in Kennesaw, Georgia. We're trapping and removing the rats from the attic, and rodent-proofing the house to prevent future rat or mouse infestations.
by Webmaster
Jul 22, 2021 11:36:14 am.

Roof rats got into the attic of a house in Hampton, Georgia by gnawing through the metal rain gutter and flashing. One of our Metro Atlanta rat-removal teams is trapping and removing the rats from the attic, rodent-proofing the entire house, and replacing the damaged rain gutter and flashing.
by Webmaster
Jul 22, 2021 11:32:05 am.

Today We're Rodent-Proofing a Roof to Keep Tree Rats Out of the Attic of a House in Atlanta
by Webmaster
Jul 22, 2021 10:41:56 am.

Non-chemical rat-control specialists from our Metro Atlanta office are heading out to treat a roof rat problem in the attic of a house in Duluth, Georgia. They'll trap and remove the rats without using any pesticides, and rodent-proof the roof to keep them out.
by Webmaster
Jul 21, 2021 10:47:50 am.

Today We're Doing Roof Rat Exclusion at a House in Dunwoody, Georgia
by Webmaster
Jul 20, 2021 11:01:03 am.

Today we're repairing roof rat damage to the roof fascia of a house in Atlanta. The rats gnawed at the fascia to enlarge an existing gap and get into the attic. We're trapping and removing the rats from the attic, repairing the damage, and rodent-proofing the house.
by Webmaster
Jul 20, 2021 10:25:52 am.

A house in Decatur, Georgia needs roof rats removed from the attic because of a one-inch construction gap that runs around the entire roof. We're using traps to safely and non-chemically address the existing rat problem, and rodent-proofing the roof to prevent future infestations.
by Webmaster
Jul 19, 2021 11:25:33 am.

A plumber checking the water heater found loads and loads of roof rat droppings in the attic of a house in Johns Creek, Georgia. We have a rat-control crew from our Metro Atlanta office trapping and removing the rats from the attic, and rodent-proofing the house to keep them out.
by Webmaster
Jul 19, 2021 11:22:05 am.

Gaps between the brick wall and the soffit under the eaves allowed roof rats into the attic of a house in Smyrna, Georgia. We have technicians sealing those gaps to make the house rodent-proof, and using traps to eliminate the existing rat problem without using pesticides.
by Webmaster
Jul 16, 2021 10:41:53 am.

Example of Water and Roof Rat Damage to the Soffit Panel of a Peachtree City, Georgia Home
by Webmaster
Jul 16, 2021 10:37:43 am.

Today we're treating a roof rat problem in the drop ceiling of a commercial building in Union City, Georgia. Both Norway rats and Roof rats are known to infest drop ceilings (though not at the same time -- they hate each other). We'll treat the rat problem non-chemically, as we always do.
by Webmaster
Jul 16, 2021 10:31:49 am.

Today we have a crew replacing the foundation vents to keep Norway rats out of a house in Johns Creek, Georgia. The rats gnawed right through the cheap plastic vents. We're also using traps to quickly and safely remove the rats from the crawl space.
by Webmaster
Jul 15, 2021 11:11:48 am.

Rats in the attic of a house in Tyrone, Georgia damaged toys and other items that the family had stored in the attic. We're removing the rats from the attic and rodent-proofing the house, but the toys will have to be discarded.
by Webmaster
Jul 15, 2021 11:09:30 am.

The Cheap, Plastic Vent Covers Couldn't Keep Norway Rats Out of this Atlanta Home
by Webmaster
Jul 15, 2021 11:03:02 am.

A one-inch construction gap between the roof sheathing and the fascia made it easy for roof rats to get into the attic of a house in Johns Creek, Georgia. We have a team of non-chemical rodent-control specialists trapping and removing the rats from the attic and rodent-proofing the house.
by Webmaster
Jul 14, 2021 11:19:29 am.

Norway rats between the subflooring and the insulation between the floor joists knocked the insulation to the floor of a crawl space of a house in Atlanta. Our rodent-removal technicians are non-chemically eliminating the rat problem using trapping and exclusion.
by Webmaster
Jul 14, 2021 10:59:24 am.

We Found Bats on a Gable Vent Screen in the Attic of a House in Atlanta
by Webmaster
Jul 13, 2021 09:33:02 am.

One of our Metro Atlanta rodent-control teams is non-chemically treating a roof rat infestation in the attic of a Dunwoody, Georgia home. The rats will be trapped and removed from the attic without using pesticides, and the house made rodent-proof to avoid future problems.
by Webmaster
Jul 13, 2021 09:20:28 am.

Norway Rats Damaged the Vapor Barrier in the Crawl Space of a House in Atlanta
by Webmaster
Jul 13, 2021 09:06:43 am.

Norway Rats Gnawed Through a Foundation Vent Screen at a House in Marietta, Georgia
by Webmaster
Jul 12, 2021 11:14:13 am.

Today we're beginning a roof rat-removal and rodent-proofing job in the attic of a house in Lilburn, Georgia. We'll catch and remove the rats organically using traps, not chemicals; and we'll seal the gaps in the house to prevent future rodent problems.
by Webmaster
Jul 12, 2021 11:06:34 am.

Norway rats gnawed right through the rubber weather seal of a garage door to get into a house in Atlanta. This is very common. We treat these problems using organic rat control methods, meaning that we use traps to non-chemically remove the rats, and then we seal them out of the house.
by Webmaster
Jul 12, 2021 10:56:43 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, College Park, Conyers, Decatur, Douglasville, Duluth, Dunwoody, Fayetteville, Hull, Johns Creek, Lilburn, Lithonia, Loganville, Mableton, Marietta, McDonough, Newnan, Norcross, Peachtree City, Powder Springs, Sandy Springs, Smyrna, Stone Mountain, and Vinings.

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