Call Now: (770) 258-8568
We are hiring! Please click here for details.
Light Theme · Dark Theme
Phone Icon Reddit Share Button Facebook Share Button Twitter Share Button

Atlanta Rat Removal and Control

Rat control at a commercial building in Atlanta, Georgia

Rat control at a commercial building in Atlanta, Georgia

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.

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 throughout Georgia, roof rats are most often found in attics and roof soffits.

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 grey squirrels; but because roof rats are slimmer animals, they can get into attics 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.

The rat's unique place in the history of disease also gave birth to the profession of pest control. The first exterminators were called "rat catchers," and they did their job pretty much the same way Rid-A-Critter does today: by trapping rats and permanently sealing them out of buildings.

Almost any building is vulnerable to rat infestations. They can even get into brick houses. We find those vulnerabilities using time-honored methods like looking for droppings and following rub marks, as well as using high-tech methods such as night-vision cameras. However we find them, we seal up the openings to keep rats out of the home or building.

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 non-chemical method has many advantages over chemical rat control. Let's talk about some of them.

Rodenticides are poisons. Although this may seem redundant and obvious, the fact is that any poison we put into the environment has the potential to harm non-target animals such as pets, livestock, and wildlife. In the case of rat poisons, this actually is more common than most people realize. Many rodenticides are secondarily toxic, which means that an animal that eats a poisoned rat can be poisoned, as well. So if a hawk or a fox eats a poisoned rat, the hawk or fox may die, too.

A rat hole in the roof of a Marietta home, under the shingles in the corner

Roof rat hole found during a Marietta rat removal job

Most poisoned rats die where they lived. Don't believe that nonsense that poisoned rats "go outside to seek water." Most rodenticides take several days to work, during which the rat begins to feel progressively sicker; and just as is the case with people, when rats start to feel sick, they go home. If the rat's "home" happens to be your home, then that's where they're going to die. And stink.

In fact, we do a lot of work finding and removing dead animals that were killed by the poisons that other rat exterminators left behind. It's not the most pleasant work that we do. Trust me on that. It also would have been entirely unnecessary had the job been done properly -- by trapping and removing the rats, and then sealing up the house -- rather than just tossing some poison around and calling it a day.

Non-chemical rat control is cheaper in the long run. When you pay an exterminator to control your rat problem using rodenticides, you make a friend for life: the exterminator. That's because the poisons exterminators use don't last forever. Rodenticides used inside or outside get eaten by rats and need to be replaced. They also get eaten by insects such as beetles, weevils, and moths. Even wax-encapsulated, "weather-resistant" rodenticides often get infested by insects or rot away because of mold.

As a result, rat control that relies on poisons while neglecting the more important work of rat exclusion requires that the exterminator visit you -- and bill you -- again, and again, and again, to check and refill the bait stations. That starts getting expensive after a while.

Are Rodenticides Ever Needed?

Sometimes they are outdoors; but not inside a building unless it's scheduled to be demolished. Trapping and removal is the right way to do interior rat control.

Exterior use of rodenticides is sometimes used as part of wide-area public health rat abatement programs, and some as commercial food-processing facilities may be required by law or by the sanitation standards of their industries to have rodent bait stations installed around the exterior perimeters of their buildings. Most of the time, however, rat poisons are neither necessary nor desirable. Safe, permanent, non-chemical rat removal and exclusion is always the better way to eliminate rats from a building.

If you need roof rats or Norway rats removed from your Metro Atlanta home or business, please contact us for more information about our non-chemical, exclusion-based rat-control programs.

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.

 

Reviews and Affiliations


Council on Alcohol and Drugs - Certified Drug-Free Workplace Trust DALE Certified Logo Better Business Bureau Accredited Business A+ Badge



Social
YouTube Company Blog Twitter


CritterTwitter

In the morning we'll be sending a crew to seal roof rats out of the attic of a house in Duluth, Georgia. As is typical, the rats are getting into the attic through a gap between the roof sheathing and fascia.
by Webmaster
Sep 27, 2020 07:15:56 pm.

We have technicians repairing the soffit of a house in Douglasville, Georgia to keep roof rats out of the attic.
by Webmaster
Sep 23, 2020 09:12:37 am.

We'll be replacing the foundation vent covers at a house in Douglasville, Georgia to keep Norway rats out of the crawl space. The existing vents are flimsy and corroded and need to be replaced to keep rodents out of the house.
by Webmaster
Sep 23, 2020 08:59:52 am.

We have technicians setting traps to get roof rats out of the attic of a house in Sandy Springs, Georgia. We'll also be closing up the gaps in the roof to keep rats, squirrels, and other animals out of the attic.
by Webmaster
Sep 22, 2020 09:48:24 am.

We have a crew sealing roof rats out of a school in Atlanta. Non-chemical rodent control is ideal for schools and child-care facilities because it eliminates all the risks associated with using pesticides around children.
by Webmaster
Sep 22, 2020 09:40:10 am.

Non-Chemical Rat Control Job at a Commercial Kitchen in Douglasville, Georgia
by Webmaster
Sep 22, 2020 09:36:06 am.

We have technicians working at a house in Atlanta replacing a rotted soffit vent screen to keep roof rats out of the attic. We'll also be non-chemically trapping and removing the rats that are already in the attic.
by Webmaster
Sep 21, 2020 10:42:18 am.

We have a crew rat-proofing the foundation of a house in Smyrna, Georgia to keep Norway rats out of the crawl space. The house uses the lightening holes of cinder blocks to vent the crawl, and the screens rotted away a long time ago.
by Webmaster
Sep 21, 2020 10:33:29 am.

Norway Rat Gap through Cinder Blocks into the Crawl Space of a House in Marietta
by Webmaster
Sep 21, 2020 10:29:03 am.

Today we'll be sealing gaps all around the foundation to keep Norway rats out of the crawl space of a house in Atlanta. This is a busy time of year for rat control because the rats are looking for their winter homes.
by Webmaster
Sep 21, 2020 10:23:29 am.

Our Metro Atlanta office has technicians rat-proofing the roof of a house in Jonesboro, Georgia. We perform residential rat control entirely without the use of pesticides or other toxic chemicals.
by Webmaster
Sep 18, 2020 11:34:21 am.

This was How Norway Rats Got into this House in Atlanta
by Webmaster
Sep 18, 2020 11:03:34 am.

This DIY Roof Rat Exclusion Attempt at a House in Atlanta was an Epic Fail
by Webmaster
Sep 17, 2020 11:22:52 am.

We have a crew sealing all the gaps on the outside of a brick house in Atlanta to keep rats out of the house. You'd be surprised how many potential rodent entry gaps the average house has.
by Webmaster
Sep 17, 2020 11:10:54 am.

An Open-Door Policy Allowed Norway Rats into a House in Atlanta
by Webmaster
Sep 17, 2020 11:04:21 am.

A Gap in a Soffit Panel Allowed Roof Rats into this House in Tucker, Georgia
by Webmaster
Sep 16, 2020 10:23:58 am.

We're sealing roof rats out of a warehouse in Atlanta today. The rats were getting in through gaps between the corrugated steel walls and the exterior metal roof trim. Roof rats are arboreal animals by nature and can climb very well.
by Webmaster
Sep 16, 2020 10:14:59 am.

Our Metro Atlanta office has a team of techs sealing roof rats out of the attic of a house in Marietta, Georgia. We'll also trap and remove the rats that are already in the attic, of course.
by Webmaster
Sep 16, 2020 10:10:58 am.

One of our crews is performing non-chemical rat control at a restaurant in Atlanta. The rats were getting in through a gap around the grease trap pipes.
by Webmaster
Sep 16, 2020 09:59:55 am.

Here's a Norway Rat Burrow in the Crawl Space of a House in Atlanta
by Webmaster
Sep 16, 2020 09:46:11 am.

Today We'll Seal this Gap to Keep Roof Rats out of this Johns Creek, Georgia Home
by Webmaster
Sep 15, 2020 08:55:04 am.

We're heading out to Decatur, Georgia to adjust a garage door so it seals tightly against the pavement and keeps rats out of the house. We'll also seal up any other rat entry gaps that we find, and trap and remove any existing rats.
by Webmaster
Sep 14, 2020 10:35:33 am.

A homeowner in Avondale Estates called us to say she found droppings and nesting materials in the attic of her house. It sounds like roof rats. We have an inspector on his way to check it out.
by Webmaster
Sep 11, 2020 10:16:45 am.

We have a crew working at a house in Atlanta to seal gaps in the edges of the roof to keep roof rats out of the attic. We'll also trap and remove the rats, clean up after them, and replace the smelly, contaminated insulation.
by Webmaster
Sep 11, 2020 10:13:16 am.

The roof of a house in Sandy Springs has developed gaps due to settling, and rats have been using those gaps to get into the attic. We'll be trapping and removing the rats and repairing the gaps to keep animals out of the attic.
by Webmaster
Sep 10, 2020 10:34:39 am.

Our Metro Atlanta office has technicians working at a house in Peachtree City, closing off gaps in the edges of the roof to keep roof rats out of the attic. The rats who were already in the attic have been trapped and removed.
by Webmaster
Sep 10, 2020 10:32:12 am.

Norway Rats Chewed their Way into the Garage of this House in Monroe, Georgia
by Webmaster
Sep 10, 2020 10:28:07 am.

We have a team heading to Newnan, Georgia to seal gaps around the foundation to keep Norway rats out of a house. We'll also trap and remove the rats that are already inside.
by Webmaster
Sep 10, 2020 10:23:44 am.

Headed down south today to Albany Ga to give a quote for a bat exclusion. Animals in the attic scratching and bats are keeping the customers up at night. Time for us to step in.
by Jason Arruda
Sep 10, 2020 09:42:30 am.

Evidence of a Well-Established Roof Rat Problem in the Attic of a House in Atlanta
by Webmaster
Sep 09, 2020 10:47:04 am.

Here's Why this House in Mableton, Georgia Needs Rats Removed from the Crawl Space
by Webmaster
Sep 09, 2020 10:39:04 am.

This Gap was How Roof Rats Got into the Attic of this Atlanta Home
by Webmaster
Sep 08, 2020 09:40:02 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, Fayetteville, Hull, Johns Creek, Lilburn, Lithonia, Loganville, Mableton, Marietta, McDonough, Newnan, Norcross, Peachtree City, Powder Springs, Sandy Springs, Smyrna, Stone Mountain, and Vinings.

#rat #removal #control #MetroAtlanta #georgia

Site and Photos © 2005 - 2020 Rid-A-Critter®. All rights reserved. Legal, Privacy and Warranty Information. This Web site designed, hosted, and maintained by RJM Web Design.