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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

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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One of our Macon rodent pest control teams just finished up doing roof rat control at a Vestavia Hills, Georgia home. The rats were getting in through gaps under the shingles around the edges of the roof, which have all been closed up to keep pest rodents and nuisance animals out of the attic.
by Webmaster
Jan 21, 2022 11:16:19 am.

Pest Control Technicians from our Macon Office Just Finished Installing Animal-Proofing on a Roof Ridge Vent at a Forsyth, Georgia Rat Control Job
by Webmaster
Jan 21, 2022 11:13:08 am.

Non-chemical pest control technicians from our Macon office are replacing the rusty old foundation vent covers that allowed Norway rats into a house in Griffin, Georgia. Rat control without using pesticides requires that every possible rodent entry point be closed up to prevent rats from getting into the house. The existing rat infestation is then safely treated using traps.
by Webmaster
Jan 20, 2022 09:38:11 am.

Rodent pest control technicians from our Macon office are enjoying a morning in a crawl space at an Americus, Georgia rat control job. They're rodent-proofing the house, and non-chemically trapping and removing the existing Norway rats, to prevent them from getting into the rest of the house.
by Webmaster
Jan 20, 2022 08:45:36 am.

A gap you could fit your palm behind between the stone wall and the frieze board allowed roof rats into the attic of a house in Americus, Georgia. A rat pest control crew from our Macon office has been dispatched to seal the gap to make the house rodent-proof. The rats who already are in the house will be trapped and removed, not poisoned.
by Webmaster
Jan 19, 2022 10:36:20 am.

Urine dripping through the soffit panel turned out to be from roof rats living in the attic of a house in Valdosta, Georgia. A rodent pest control crew from our Macon office is sealing the gaps in the house to keep mice and rats out, and using traps to treat the existing rat infestation non-chemically.
by Webmaster
Jan 19, 2022 10:04:51 am.

The snow didn’t stop me nor the animals, was in Hiawasse, Duluth, Snellville, and then Marietta
by Chris Collender
Jan 18, 2022 04:41:40 pm.

A four-inch square hole in the siding where an electrician passed an electrical conduit through allowed rats to get into a house in Tifton, Georgia. Rat control specialists from our Macon office are using non-chemical rodent-control methods to treat the rats without using poisons, and prevent future rat or mouse infestations.
by Webmaster
Jan 18, 2022 10:50:21 am.

Pest Control Technicians from our Macon Office are Braving the Cold to Correct a Handyman's Failed Attempt to Rat-Proof an Albany, Georgia Home
by Webmaster
Jan 17, 2022 07:45:48 am.

Will be a cold and windy day today. Guys will be out working hard to seal homes, preventing all kinds of pest animals from getting in. Animals like rats, mice, squirrels, raccoons and opossums want out of the cold too. Pest animals beware.
by Richard Adcock
Jan 17, 2022 06:39:14 am.

Norway rats started chewing their way through the caulking around a pipe to get into a house in Perry, Georgia. Rat control technicians from our Macon office are removing the caulking and replacing it with tougher sealants that will keep pest rodents out of the house.
by Webmaster
Jan 14, 2022 10:04:54 am.

Pretty good day in the office yesterday. We accepted new pest animal removal jobs in Grayson, Athens, Duluth, Fayetteville, Chamblee, Marietta, Monroe & Canton to name a few. For the best pest animal control service call Ridacritter today!
by Richard Adcock
Jan 14, 2022 07:43:04 am.

The droppings in the attic turned out to be the work of roof rats who climbed from the trees into a house in Valdosta, Georgia. A rat pest control team from our Macon office is animal-proofing the house to keep rats, other pest rodents, and nuisance wildlife out of the attic; and using traps to rapidly wipe out the existing rat infestation without using poisons.
by Webmaster
Jan 13, 2022 11:07:56 am.

Currently in Monroe ga, squirrel job, headed to Atlanta now for rats in the crawl space
by Chris Collender
Jan 13, 2022 10:01:40 am.

Quoted a house in flowery branch with rats, then Gainesville for flyers now off to Cummings for squirrels
by Chris Collender
Jan 10, 2022 09:29:58 am.

Off to a good start in the new year. Lots of calls to help customers rid their homes of pest critters like rats, squirrel, bats & mice. Headed to Thomaston Ga this morning to seal a house up. No more pest animals for this customer.
by Richard Adcock
Jan 10, 2022 07:12:34 am.

A gap about the size of a quarter in the mortar in a stone wall at a roof junction point allowed roof rats into a house in Cordele, Georgia. Our rat pest control specialists will seal the hole as part of a comprehensive, non-chemical rodent pest control and exclusion job.
by Webmaster
Jan 09, 2022 04:32:31 pm.

The customer called us about a snake skin, but the actual problem turned out to be roof rats in the attic of a house in Perry, Georgia. A rat control crew has set traps to non-chemically trap and remove the rats. Tomorrow they'll start animal-proofing the roof to keep pest rodents and nuisance animals out of the attic. As for the snakes, they're gone. They just stopped by for a quick bite.
by Webmaster
Jan 09, 2022 03:40:36 pm.

Here's a Video of Jason Doing a Roof Rat Inspection in an Attic in Forysth, Georgia
by Webmaster
Jan 09, 2022 03:26:35 pm.

Our Macon-area rodent pest control technicians are on their way to a Valdosta, Georgia Norway rat control job. The rats are getting into the house through a gap in the garage door weather seal, which they'll replace as part of a comprehensive non-chemical rat-removal and rodent-exclusion job.
by Webmaster
Jan 05, 2022 11:16:25 am.

Was a beautiful day yesterday in Valdosta Ga. It took us most of the day but we got the house sealed up against all pest critters like rats, mice, bats, snakes and squirrels. Today we're quoting new jobs in Macon, Warner Robbins & Zebulon.
by Richard Adcock
Jan 05, 2022 04:57:32 am.

Baby it’s cold outside, lilburn, lawrenceville, and McDonough, all 3 calls where squirrels chewing threw the ceiling into the house
by Chris Collender
Jan 04, 2022 12:01:10 pm.

It was a cold day sealing a home in Dawson, Ga for squirrels and mice. Noises in the walls and scratching in the attic prompted the home owners to give us a call. Same issues? Give us a call.
by Jason Arruda
Jan 03, 2022 06:24:48 pm.

Headed to Dawson Ga this morning (just outside of Albany, Ga) to assist on a critter exclusion job. We will be preventing all nuisance pest animals from getting in (rats, mice, bats, squirrels, snakes, raccoons, opossum etc).
by Richard Adcock
Jan 03, 2022 06:56:02 am.

Beginning of another great year in the pest critter control, removal and prevention business. Call Ridacritter for a quote so you can be critter free. We service metro areas of Atlanta, Macon, Albany, Valdosta, Birmingham and many more.
by Richard Adcock
Jan 03, 2022 06:52:37 am.

One of our Macon-area pest control technicians is replacing the garage door weather seal to achieve non-chemical Norway rat control at a Perry, Georgia home. The rats inside the house already will be caught using traps and removed from the house, all without using any poisons at all.
by Webmaster
Dec 30, 2021 10:02:43 am.

We have new pest animal removal jobs in Birmingham, Lawrenceville, Hoover, Alpharetta, Marietta, Stonecrest and Smyrna to name a few. Crews will be providing free quotes for removal & prevention of critters in homes and attics.
by Richard Adcock
Dec 28, 2021 08:47:39 am.

Rats climbed up the stone foundation and behind the siding to get into a house in Valdosta, Georgia. A rat pest control crew from our Macon office will set traps to eliminate the rat infestation without using chemicals, and rodent-proof the foundation for a more permanent solution to rat and mouse problems.
by Webmaster
Dec 28, 2021 08:36:38 am.

Pest Control Technicians are on the Way to Seal Up a Rodent Entry Gap through a Stone Wall at a Macon, Georgia Mouse Control Job
by Webmaster
Dec 28, 2021 08:25:51 am.

Busy day after the Holidays, in Austell for snakes in the basement, then to Duluth and Stonecrest for squirrels, now on my way to Alpharetta for another quote
by Chris Collender
Dec 27, 2021 01:06:28 pm.

You don't have to share your home with pest animals like mice, rats, squirrels, raccoons, opossum or bats. Call Ridacritter for a free quote on pest animal removal and prevention. Over 20 years Ridacritter has been assisting home owners.
by Richard Adcock
Dec 23, 2021 10:43:26 am.

In Valdosta taking care of customers with rats and another with squirrels in the attic. Scratching noises prompted them to call us.
by Jason Arruda
Dec 22, 2021 12:37:31 pm.

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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