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Macon, Georgia Area Rat Control and Exclusion

Young rat in a cage trap facing the camera after being trapped and removed from a house by a pest control company.

There are two species of rats that are common rodent pests in Macon and throughout Georgia: The roof rat, Rattus rattus (also known as the black rat); and the brown rat (also known as the Norway rat, wharf rat, or sewer rat), Rattus norvegicus.

As their name implies, roof rats are usually found in high places. In nature, they're tree dwellers, and their bodies are well adapted for that life. They're slimmer and lighter than Norway rats, with an excellent sense of balance. In homes, roof rats are usually found in attics, soffits, lofts, and other high parts of the home

Norway or brown rats are ground dwellers (although they can climb when necessary). They're heavier and stockier than roof rats, commonly live in burrows when they live outdoors, and are excellent swimmers. When they get into homes and other buildings, they can be found anywhere; but most commonly they're found in crawl spaces, basements, and on the lower floors.

Both species of rats can be found throughout Georgia. Brown rats are slightly more common in urban areas, and roof rats in rural areas; but both can be found anywhere in the state.

Rats as Pests

Rats are the first animals that were associated with disease. Historical records suggest that even people in Biblical times knew that rats were somehow associated with sickness. With the benefit of modern science, we now know that rats are involved in the transmission of many serious diseases including hantavirus, leptospirosis, Lyme disease, salmonella, and plague.

In addition to the diseases they spread, rats can also cause direct damage to homes when they gnaw openings to get inside, they damage insulation and contaminate it with their urine and droppings, they cause foul odors that can get into the living area of the house, or when they tear up clothing and other stored items to use as nesting material.

When rats gnaw on electrical wiring, they can cause fires. They can also cause damage to Internet, Cable TV, telephone, and other low-voltage wiring, which will cause those services to stop working.

Non-Chemical Rat Control

At Rid-A-Critter, we treat most rat infestations without using any poisons at all. We control rats using the non-chemical pest control methods of trapping, removal, and exclusion ("rodent-proofing"). The only time we use rodenticides is around some commercial buildings that are required by law to have rodent bait stations around the outside perimeters.

By using organic rat control methods instead of poisons, we avoid all of the problems associated with rodenticides. For example:

Our non-chemical rat removal and rat-proofing methods avoid all those problems, while providing a more permanent rat control solution that will keep rodents and other nuisance animals out of your home.

Rat Control Gallery

Here are some pictures we've taken at the many rat-removal and rat-proofing jobs we've done throughout the Macon area and Southern Georgia.

Please contact us for more information about our non-chemical rat control solutions. We look forward to hearing from you.

 

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A dome-shaped gap between the roof trim and the shingles caused by water damage allowed tree rats to promote themselves to roof rats when they got into the attic of a house in Tifton, Georgia. Rodent pest control professionals from our Macon office are on the scene non-chemically eliminating the rat problem, repairing the water damage, and rodent-proofing the house.
by Webmaster
Jun 27, 2022 09:26:37 am.

A concave gap in the concrete foundation where it meets the wooden crawl space door frame is why rodent pest control professionals from our Macon office are doing Norway rat control at a Perry, Georgia home today.
by Webmaster
Jun 23, 2022 10:44:27 am.

Roof rats gnawed a hole about the size of a silver dollar through the wooden roof trim to get into the attic of a house in Barnesville, Georgia. Our rat-removal crew will repair the damage while animal-proofing the roof to keep rodent pests and other nuisance wildlife out of the attic.
by Webmaster
Jun 22, 2022 09:58:37 am.

A rodent pest control crew working out of our Macon office will have to partially disassemble a wooden deck to perform a non-chemical Norway rat control job in Tifton, Georgia. The rat entry gap into the house is under the deck, and there's not room enough for even a skinny exterminator to get under there to rodent-proof the house.
by Webmaster
Jun 22, 2022 09:55:44 am.

Norway rats gnawed a fist-sized hole through a water-damaged corner post to get into a house in Perry, Georgia. A rodent pest control crew from our Macon office is repairing both the water damage and the rat damage, as well as non-chemically trapping and removing the rats from the house.
by Webmaster
Jun 22, 2022 09:42:46 am.

Busy week so far middle Georgia and south. Bat calls on the rise. So far I’ve done Valdosta, Lake Park, Tifton, Quitman, Perry, Byron, Macon, Zebulon and Eatonton Ga. All most booked up the rest of the week with free quotes. Give us a cal.
by Jason Arruda
Jun 21, 2022 04:09:44 pm.

Norway rats chewed through the screen behind a metal foundation vent to get into a house in Barnesville, Georgia. Rats can get through openings about the size of their heads, so lattice-type foundation vents won't necessarily keep rats out of a house. The openings in the lattice are too big.
by Webmaster
Jun 16, 2022 11:16:16 am.

The rub marks on the wooden timbers and pipes were how we knew that a house in Macon, Georgia needed rat control. Rats and other rodent pests leave greasy stains on surfaces that they touch, and following the stains can reveal their travel patterns and make it easier to rat-proof the house.
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Jun 09, 2022 10:10:27 am.

A pest control crew doing Norway rat control in Barnesville, Georgia are using their masonry skills to fix gaps in the brickwork and rodent-proof the house. You can't permanently solve a rat problem without sealing them out of the building.
by Webmaster
Jun 07, 2022 08:52:58 am.

We have pest control technicians on their hand and knees in a crawl space at a Norway rat control job in Macon, Georgia. The rats are getting into the crawl space through a PVC pipe that's part of a French drain system. This is a pretty common problem.
by Webmaster
Jun 06, 2022 08:57:03 am.

Water rot to the wooden garage door frame created a dome-shaped hole that Norway rats used to get into a house in Lawrenceville, Georgia. Our pest control technicians will address the water problem and repair the damage as part of the rat control and rodent-exclusion job.
by Webmaster
May 31, 2022 11:52:04 am.

Today our Macon rodent control crew is installing a screen over a louver vent to keep Norway rats out of a commercial building in Griffin, Georgia. The vent used to have a screen, but it's rusted away over the years. The existing rats will be eliminated using non-chemical trapping and removal.
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May 31, 2022 11:21:22 am.

Rectangular openings in the base of an air-conditioning unit will have to be covered as part of a Norway rat control job in Barnesville, Georgia. The openings are there to run wires and pipes through if needed, but they have to be covered up to keep rodent pests out of the house if they're not being used.
by Webmaster
May 26, 2022 10:59:23 am.

Norway rats are getting into a house in Forsyth, Georgia through a ground-level, four-inch wide, rectangular gap in the brick wall where the air-conditioning pipes pass into the house. We'll close that gap to achieve non-chemical rat control and rodent exclusion.
by Webmaster
May 26, 2022 09:44:56 am.

Droppings on a sofa stored in the attic of a house in Americus, Georgia were evidence of a roof rat infestation in the attic. A rat-control crew from our Macon office is non-chemically treating the rat problem and rodent-proofing the house to prevent future pest problems.
by Webmaster
May 25, 2022 10:15:58 am.

Today we have a non-chemical rodent pest control crew from our Macon office doing Norway rat control in the crawl space of a house in Forsyth, Georgia. We'll solve the rat problem using only trapping, removal, and exclusion, without using any poisons.
by Webmaster
May 24, 2022 10:21:43 am.

An open sewer pipe in the crawl space allowed Norway rats into a house in Macon, Georgia. Our rodent pest control crew had to do a smoke test to locate the break in the pipe so it could be repaired, which was essential to eradicating the rat infestation without using poisons.
by Webmaster
May 24, 2022 09:48:00 am.

Rats gnawed a hole right through the wooden siding to get into a house in Williamson, Georgia. A rodent pest control crew will seal the hole and any other gaps they find as part of a non-chemical rat control and rodent-exclusion job.
by Webmaster
May 24, 2022 09:44:25 am.

An electrician knocked a roughly two-inch square hole through the foundation vent cover to pass a half-inch diameter wire through, which allowed Norway rats to easily get into a house in Zebulon, Georgia. A rat control crew from our Macon office is sealing the gap to keep rats and other rodent pests out of the house.
by Webmaster
May 19, 2022 10:23:13 am.

We have a rodent pest control crew doing Norway rat control in Albany. The rat infestation started with gaps between the exterior trim and the pavement, which allowed the rats into the house. We're trapping and removing the rats non-chemically, and sealing the gaps to make the house rodent-proof.
by Webmaster
May 18, 2022 11:12:03 am.

A gap around the pipes and wires going through the brick wall from an air-conditioning unit less than two inches from the wall is allowing Norway rats into a house in Macon, Georgia. Our rodent pest control experts are sealing the gap to achieve rat elimination and exclusion without using poisons.
by Webmaster
May 17, 2022 10:02:16 am.

A foundation vent that wasn't properly secured tipped outward at the top, creating a three inch gap that allowed Norway rats into the crawl space of a house in Barnesville, Georgia. Our rodent control crew will reattach all of the foundation vents as part of the non-chemical rat-control and rodent pest-exclusion job.
by Webmaster
May 17, 2022 09:58:00 am.

Our Non-Chemical Rodent-Control Crew is Sealing a Mystery Hole in a Brick Wall at a Barnesville, Georgia Rat Control Job
by Webmaster
May 17, 2022 08:58:28 am.

A gap between a metal flange around a pipe and the brick wall is allowing rats into a house in Cordele, Georgia. We have a rodent pest control crew reattaching the flange to the wall to eliminate the rat infestation and rodent-proof the house without using toxic pesticides.
by Webmaster
May 17, 2022 08:53:03 am.

The gap through the brick wall where the air-conditioning installer ran the refrigerant lines and the wires is allowing Norway rats into a house in Williamson, Georgia. Our rodent pest control crew is on the job non-chemically trapping the rats and rodent-proofing the house.
by Webmaster
May 16, 2022 10:56:26 am.

A foundation vent cover that crept away from the brick wall has a gap behind a corner of the flange that's allowing Norway rats into a house in Griffin, Georgia. Our rodent pest control team will reinstall the vent cover as part of a non-chemical rat control and exclusion job.
by Webmaster
May 13, 2022 10:20:29 am.

Rat claw damage to the insulation and droppings on the floor were signs of a Norway rat problem in the basement of a house in Macon, Georgia. Our rat control crew is treating the rat infestation non-chemically, as we do all residential rodent pest control jobs.
by Webmaster
May 13, 2022 10:16:47 am.

A foundation vent cover that was loose in the cinder block wall allowed Norway rats into a house in Macon, Georgia. Our rodent pest control specialists are reattaching all the foundation vents to keep rats and mice out of the house, and using traps to non-chemically eradicate the existing rat infestation.
by Webmaster
May 11, 2022 10:26:46 am.

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

An empty conduit passing through a brick wall with absolutely nothing passing through it allowed Norway rats to get into a house in Macon, Georgia. No one has any idea why the conduit is there. Either something like wires used to pass through it, or it is a remnant of an abandoned project. Either way, we're sealing the pipe to keep rats out of the house.
by Webmaster
May 05, 2022 09:39:20 am.

A rodent pest control team from our Macon office is doing Norway rat control in Roberta, Georgia today. The rats are in the shed, but we're rodent-proofing the house as well to make sure that both the house and the shed are free of rats and mice.
by Webmaster
May 05, 2022 09:21:32 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.

The Macon, Georgia office of Rid-A-Critter provides rat extermination and removal in the Macon, Georgia area and South Georgia in general, including Albany, Americus, Barnesville, Byron, Centerville, Columbus, Cordele, Culloden, Eastman, Fitzgerald, Forsyth, Fort Valley, Gray, Griffin, Hawkinsville, Jackson, Juliette, Kathleen, Milledgeville, Perry, Roberta, Sylvester, Thomaston, Tifton, Valdosta, Warner Robins, Yatesville, and Zebulon. We are fully licensed and insured.

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