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Macon, Georgia Rat Removal and Exclusion

Young rat in a cage trap facing the camera after being trapped and removed from a house

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 the basement 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 disease. 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 fact, rats hold the dubious distinction of having been involved in all of history's great plague epidemics. The rats served as reservoirs for the bacterium Yersinia pestis, the causative agent of plague, which was transmitted to humans by the fleas that fed on the rats, and then on people.

Once scientists understood how serious a health threat rats represented, a cottage industry of rat control experts sprang up. Called simply "Rat Catchers" at first, these people were the first pest management professionals. It's sometimes easy to forget how many lives have been saved by hard-working pest control workers throughout the ages. At Rid-A-Critter, we're proud to be part of that tradition.

In addition to the diseases they spread, rats can also damage our homes and the property they contain. Rats can 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, and they tear up clothing and other stored items to use as nesting material (or just because they like to gnaw).

When rats decide to gnaw on electrical wiring (which they do quite a bit), they present a more serious problem. Many thousands of home fires every year are believed to have been caused by rats and other rodents gnawing on electrical wiring. They can also cause damage to Internet, cable TV, telephone, and other low-voltage wiring, which won't cause a fire, but which will cause those services to stop working.

Obviously, keeping rats out of homes and commercial buildings is important to protecting both health and property.

The Right Way to do Rat Control

Most rat exterminators rely heavily on rodenticides -- rat poisons -- for rat extermination. That's why our customers are usually surprised to learn that at Rid-A-Critter, we do most of our structural rat control jobs without using any poisons at all. We use non-chemical rat control for almost all our residential and commercial rat control jobs.

When we do use rodenticides, it's usually because the problem was a heavy population of rats outside a building, or because it was required by law or by industry standards. (For example, some commercial food processing plants are required to have rodent bait stations around the outsides of the buildings.)

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 solution that will keep rats and other animals out of your home. Our earth-friendly, non-chemical approach to rat control consists of:

  1. Trapping and removing the existing rats.
  2. Performing exclusion work to make your home "rat proof."
  3. Cleaning up after the rats, including cleaning up droppings and nest materials; disinfecting and deodorizing; applying insecticides to kill displaced parasites, if needed; and optionally, replacing damaged, contaminated insulation.

The result is a rat-free home, with no risk of a rat dying inside a wall, and no need for continuing visits to refill rodenticide stations. Our system is as permanent a rat control solution as you can get.

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, Georgia area.

Please contact us for more information about rat removal and keeping rats out of your home or business. We look forward to hearing from you.

 

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Today our Macon office has technicians rat-proofing a house in Tifton, Georgia. Norway rat control requires both non-chemical elimination of the existing population and prevention of future infestations in order to be both effective and permanent.
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Sep 24, 2021 08:32:54 am.

Our technicians will have to replace a rotting crawl space door to achieve non-chemical rat control at a Tifton, Georgia home. Norway rats easily gnawed a fist-sized hole through the door to get into the crawl space of the house.
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Sep 23, 2021 10:39:21 am.

Norway rats gnawed a fist sized hole through the garage door trim to get into a house in Tifton, Georgia. Rat control specialists are replacing the trim and rodent-proofing the house, as well as using traps to non-chemically remove the existing rats.
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Sep 22, 2021 10:22:19 am.

Flattened-out insulation and a nest in the eave were evidence of a squirrel problem in the attic of a house in Cordele, Georgia. Squirrel-removal technicians from our Macon office are trapping and removing the squirrels, repairing the damage, animal-proofing the roof, and replacing the attic insulation.
by Webmaster
Sep 21, 2021 10:52:15 am.

Roof rats gnawed through the wooden roof fascia to get into the attic of a house in Americus, Georgia. A rat removal and exclusion team from our Macon office is removing the rats, repairing the damage, and rodent-proofing the house.
by Webmaster
Sep 17, 2021 09:14:19 am.

One of our Macon rodent control crews is performing non-chemical rat control at a Perry, Georgia home. This will involve using traps to rapidly eliminate the rat population, and rodent-proofing the house to prevent new rat or mouse infestations from happening.
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Sep 16, 2021 09:53:00 am.

A gap in the bricks around a pipe that was passed through the wall will have to be sealed as part of a Cordele, Georgia rat control and exclusion job. Norway rats have been walking along the top of the pipe to get into the house.
by Webmaster
Sep 14, 2021 11:23:57 am.

We have technicians working in a crawl space at a Cordele, Georgia Norway rat removal job. We provide non-chemical rat control using only trapping, removal, and exclusion in all of our service areas.
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Sep 13, 2021 10:09:04 am.

Our technicians are sealing a hole in the siding where pipes -- and rats -- were getting through as part of a Macon, Georgia rat control and exclusion job. The plumber put a hood over the pipes to make it look pretty, but didn't bother sealing around them to keep the rats out of the house.
by Webmaster
Sep 10, 2021 10:04:17 am.

One of our Macon-area rat-control crews is finishing up a roof rat removal job in Tifton, Georgia. The rats have been trapped and removed, the damage has been repaired, and the rodent-proofing of the entire house will be finished within the hour.
by Webmaster
Sep 09, 2021 10:50:45 am.

When you pass a half-inch pipe through a three-inch hole in the foundation, you're asking for Norway rats to get into the house. That's why we have technicians doing rat removal at a Cordele, Georgia home today.
by Webmaster
Sep 09, 2021 10:42:33 am.

Technicians from our Macon office are hard at work at a Perry, Georgia roof rat removal job. The rats climbed from trees touching the house through a gap in the edge of the roof to get into the attic. We'll trap the rats, trim back the trees, and seal the gaps to rodent-proof the roof.
by Webmaster
Sep 08, 2021 11:13:20 am.

One of our Macon, Georgia rat control crews is applying a metal shield to the edge of the roof to keep rats and other animals out of the attic of a house in Macon. Exclusion is the biggest part of any rat-removal job we do because we don't use chemical pesticides.
by Webmaster
Sep 08, 2021 11:06:06 am.

A three quarter inch gap along the edge of the roof allowed roof rats to get into the attic and make a mess at a house in Cordele, Georgia. A rat-removal and exclusion crew from our Macon office is non-chemically removing the rats, cleaning up the mess, rodent-proofing the house, and replacing the insulation.
by Webmaster
Sep 08, 2021 10:59:33 am.

Norway rats gnawed through the weather seal on the bottom of a garage door to get into a house in Americus, Georgia. Rat removal specialists from our Macon office are trapping the rats, repairing the garage door, and rodent-proofing the house.
by Webmaster
Sep 08, 2021 10:31:14 am.

A rectangular gap in the soffit panel with no obvious purpose allowed rats into the attic of a house in Perry, Georgia. Rat-removal experts from our Macon office are setting traps to get the rats out of the attic, and sealing the gap so they can't get back in.
by Webmaster
Sep 02, 2021 01:00:23 pm.

A construction gap between the roof trim and the shingles at a roof junction made it easy for tree rats to get into the attic of a house in Cordele, Georgia. Rat exterminators from our Macon office are non-chemically treating the rat infestation using trapping and exclusion.
by Webmaster
Sep 02, 2021 12:49:04 pm.

Norway rats gnawed their way into the kitchen of a house in Tifton, Georgia. Rat control technicians from our Macon office are racing to the scene to trap and remove the rats, who were still sitting at the kitchen table demanding their morning coffee last we heard.
by Webmaster
Sep 02, 2021 12:41:06 pm.

A gap in the sill plate needs to be sealed as part of a Macon, Georgia Norway rat removal and control job. You can't get rid of Norway rats without sealing all the gaps in the foundation to keep them out of the house.
by Webmaster
Aug 31, 2021 11:43:39 am.

Norway rats chewed fight through the garage door weather seal to get into a house in Cordele, Georgia. Non-chemical rat-control technicians from our Macon office will trap and remove the rats, replace the weather seal, and rodent-proof the house to prevent future infestations.
by Webmaster
Aug 24, 2021 10:36:31 am.

A hole in the foundation where a pipe used to pass through, but has since been removed, is allowing Norway rats into a house in Perry, Georgia. Rat control technicians from our Macon office have been dispatched to trap and remove the rats, and rodent-proof the house.
by Webmaster
Aug 20, 2021 09:25:43 am.

A gap between the brick wall and the roof soffit allowed roof rats into the attic of a house in Perry, Georgia. Rat control specialists from our Macon office are sealing the gap to keep rats out of the attic, and trapping and removing the rats that are already up there.
by Webmaster
Aug 18, 2021 10:27:10 am.

Rats climbed up the air-conditioning lines and through the hole where they passed through the brick wall to get into a house in Macon, Georgia. Rat-control technicians are on their way to non-chemically remove the rats from the house, and rodent-proof it to prevent future infestations.
by Webmaster
Aug 18, 2021 10:23:40 am.

A large population of Norway rats has taken up residence in the crawl space of a house in Americus, Georgia. Rat control technicians from our Macon office are on the scene setting traps to non-chemically eliminate the rats, and rodent-proofing the house to prevent future infestations.
by Webmaster
Aug 18, 2021 09:24:55 am.

A Norway Rat Entry Hole through a Brick Wall at a Macon, Georgia Rat-Control Job
by Webmaster
Aug 11, 2021 10:18:31 am.

An open drain pipe near the washing machine allowed rats into the basement of a house in Cordele, Georgia. Rat control technicians from our Macon office are capping the pipe, rodent-proofing the house, and setting traps to catch and remove the rats that already got it.
by Webmaster
Aug 11, 2021 10:13:50 am.

One of our Macon, Georgia rat control crews is setting traps to remove roof rats from the attic of a house. They'll also be rodent-proofing the entire house, from top to bottom, to prevent future infestations of rats or mice.
by Webmaster
Aug 05, 2021 11:12:44 am.

Today We'll Re-Seat the Foundation Vents as Part of an Albany, Georgia Rat-Removal Job
by Webmaster
Aug 05, 2021 10:59:07 am.

We're replacing a flimsy gable vent screen with a sturdy, rodent-proof one as part of a Tifton, Georgia roof rat exclusion job. The rats gnawed right through the old screen to get into the attic. We're setting traps to non-chemically catch the rats and remove them from the house.
by Webmaster
Aug 04, 2021 11:38:38 am.

Roof rats in the attic of a Cordele, Georgia home stashed a bunch of artificial ceramic cherries near their nest. Rats often gather useless, inedible items near their nests. Our Macon rat-removal crew will remove the rats and their stash from the attic of this Cordele home.
by Webmaster
Jul 30, 2021 11:43:27 am.

We're sending a crew from our Macon office to do a roof rat-removal job at a house in Perry, Georgia. Rat control at this house will require that some tree branches be trimmed back, as the rats have been using the tree branches to get into the attic.
by Webmaster
Jul 30, 2021 11:37:26 am.

Turning cinder blocks in the foundation sideways so the lightening holes can be used to ventilate the crawl space is a common way that rats get into houses. Our Macon-area rodent-control technicians are screening holes in the cinder blocks as part of a Tifton, Georgia rat-exclusion job.
by Webmaster
Jul 30, 2021 11:22:16 am.

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

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