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Macon and South Georgia 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 in Macon 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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Good day yesterday, other then the rain, started off in Dawsonville ga, rats, then headed to Lawrenceville ga, flyers, then headed to Atlanta ga, rats
by Chris Collender
Dec 07, 2022 10:01:04 am.

A triangular gap in the corner of a plywood soffit panel was how tree rats got into the attic of a house in Barnesville, Georgia. A rat control team working out of our Macon office is trapping and removing the rats and rodent-proofing the house to eliminate the infestation without using poisons.
by Webmaster
Dec 07, 2022 09:42:19 am.

A metal foundation vent crept away from the brick wall, leaving a gap of about an inch between the top flange and the bricks that allowed rats into a house in Cordele, Georgia. Rat control at this house will begin with properly securing the vents to keep rodent pests out of the house.
by Webmaster
Dec 07, 2022 09:18:30 am.

Roof rats used a gap about five inches wide by an inch high in the water-damaged soffit panel at a roof junction point where it meets the shingles to get into the attic of a house in Cordele, Georgia. Our rat control crew is addressing the water problem and repairing the damage to rodent-proof the house.
by Webmaster
Dec 06, 2022 10:26:37 am.

Rainy day, started out in Duluth, ga, snakes found in the house, then headed to doraville ga, squirrels again, then 2 stops in Atlantic ga, rats. Busy day
by Chris Collender
Dec 05, 2022 03:25:03 pm.

Rodent pest control technicians doing Norway rat control in Cordele, Georgia discovered that the rats gnawed through the bottom of the vinyl corner post to get into the house.
by Webmaster
Dec 05, 2022 08:58:29 am.

This morning our rodent pest-control crew is in an attic doing roof rat control in Cordele, Georgia. They're treating the rat infestation without using poisons, instead relying on trapping, removal, and rodent-proofing the house.
by Webmaster
Dec 05, 2022 08:42:52 am.

The roof sheathing was warped and sticking up about an inch at the corner, which explains why our rodent pest control specialists are heading out to do roof rat control in Cordele, Georgia. They'll start by fixing all the gaps in the roof to keep the rats from getting into the attic in the first place.
by Webmaster
Dec 01, 2022 10:41:30 am.

A rodent pest control team doing roof rat control in Moultrie, Georgia are installing a pest barrier along the edge of the roof to keep rats and nuisance animals out of the attic.
by Webmaster
Dec 01, 2022 10:08:13 am.

Glad the rain stopped yesterday, we stood in Atlanta, ga. rats and squirrels, then headed to Duluth ga, squirrels again, then to Marietta ga, rats. Another good day
by Chris Collender
Dec 01, 2022 07:20:51 am.

This morning we have rodent pest control specialists in a crawl space doing Norway rat control at a Cordele, Georgia home. Among the work they'll be doing is screening the foundation vents to rodent-proof the house, which is essential to non-chemical rat control.
by Webmaster
Nov 30, 2022 09:53:50 am.

Non-chemical rodent-control specialists from our South Georgia office are doing roof rat control in Sylvester, Georgia today. They're also installing metal pest and animal barriers along the edges of the roof to prevent future problems with rodents and nuisance wildlife getting into the attic.
by Webmaster
Nov 29, 2022 10:23:34 am.

Happy thanksgiving to all, it’s back to work, was in Decatur ga, rats, to off to McDonough ga, rats again, the headed to Douglasville ga, for grey squirrels, then I just left Carrollton ga, bats in attic
by Chris Collender
Nov 28, 2022 12:25:45 pm.

A brick that fell out of the wall at ground level made it easy for Norway rats to get into a house in Sylvester, Georgia. A crew of rodent-control specialists from our South Georgia office are non-chemically exterminating the rats and rodent-proofing the house.
by Webmaster
Nov 28, 2022 10:23:56 am.

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by Webmaster
Nov 23, 2022 10:05:14 am.

This afternoon a rodent pest control crew from our Macon office will be starting a roof rat control job in Perry, Georgia. They'll be installing a metal animal barrier to cover gaps in the edges of the roof to keep rats, other rodent pests, and nuisance wildlife out of the attic.
by Webmaster
Nov 22, 2022 09:58:58 am.

A metal vent in the cinder block foundation somehow got bent inwards, which created a gap in the lattice that allowed Norway rats into a house in Tifton, Georgia. Achieving non-chemical rat control at this home will require replacing the vent covers to rodent-proof the house.
by Webmaster
Nov 22, 2022 09:36:59 am.

Norway rats gnawed a hole smack through the middle of the lattice of a metal foundation vent cover to get into a house in Cordele, Georgia. We have rat control specialists working at the house to replace and screen the vents, as needed, to make the house rodent-proof. They'll use traps to non-chemically eradicate the existing rat infestation.
by Webmaster
Nov 22, 2022 09:33:51 am.

A homeowner placed rocks inside a roughly-square hole in a cinder block about eight inches on each side to try to keep rats out of a house in Americus, Georgia. The rats enjoyed a good laugh at the homeowner's expense as they pushed the rocks aside. Rodent pest control specialists from our Macon office are on their way to Americus to treat the rat problem and rodent-proof the foundation.
by Webmaster
Nov 22, 2022 09:30:09 am.

Cold day yesterday, started in Cedartown ga, squirrels in the soffits, had them last year, he tried to fix it himself last year, didn’t work. Headed to Mableton ga, squirrels again, then 2 stops in Marietta ga
by Chris Collender
Nov 22, 2022 08:21:48 am.

A rodent-exclusion crew doing Norway rat control in Barnesville, Georgia is patching a hole in the brick foundation where some pipes and wires pass through into the house. Rodent-proofing is the only way to permanently eliminate a rat problem.
by Webmaster
Nov 17, 2022 09:26:53 am.

A foundation vent that wasn't properly secured worked its way out of the wall, creating a gap of about two inches around the vent cover that allowed rats into a house in Thomasville, Georgia. Rat control specialists from our South Georgia office are properly securing and screening all the vents to rodent-proof the house and eliminate the rat infestation without using poisons.
by Webmaster
Nov 16, 2022 09:04:14 am.

A plywood crawl space door warped over time, creating a three-inch gap between a lower corner of the door and its frame. That's how Norway rats got into a house in Camilla, Georgia. A crew of rat control specialists from our South Georgia office are building and installing a tight-fitting craw space door that will keep rodent pests out of the house.
by Webmaster
Nov 16, 2022 08:53:13 am.

Rainy day, started off in Cleveland ga, bats in the ridge vents, then headed down to Atlanta ga, rats in the basement, then off to Douglasville ga, squirrels chewing holes threw customers shingles
by Chris Collender
Nov 15, 2022 03:36:15 pm.

Today we're rodent-proofing a house as part of a Macon, Georgia rat control job. Norway rats got into the house through the gap around an electrical wire that was passed through a hole in the siding when the outer covering of the conduit slipped out of the hole.
by Webmaster
Nov 15, 2022 10:06:26 am.

We have a non-chemical rodent pest control crew from our South Georgia office doing Norway rat control at a Moultrie, Georgia home today. The rats gnawed a hole through the screen behind a foundation vent cover to get into the house.
by Webmaster
Nov 15, 2022 09:09:03 am.

It’s a cold Monday, was out in Monroe ga this morning, customer has had a constant issue with squirrels, then out 3 jobs in Atlanta ga, rats rats rats.
by Chris Collender
Nov 14, 2022 11:51:04 am.

This morning a crew from our South Georgia office is doing non-chemical roof rat control in Moultrie, Georgia. The rats gnawed a bowl-shaped hole through the top of a metal rain gutter and the wooden roof fascia behind it to get into the attic.
by Webmaster
Nov 14, 2022 10:21:41 am.

A gap in the brick wall next to an electrical box where an insulated air-conditioning pipe passes through is why our South Georgia rodent control specialists are doing Norway rat control in Thomasville, Georgia today. You can't permanently eliminate a rat problem until you rodent-proof the house.
by Webmaster
Nov 14, 2022 10:18:17 am.

Busy day yesterday, started off in Hoschton ga, rats, then out to a rental property in Atlanta, rats, then to Jonesboro ga, rats, then up to Athens ga, squirrels, good times.
by Chris Collender
Nov 10, 2022 10:19:13 am.

Roof rats gnawed two bowl-shaped holes through the top edge of the wooden roof fascia to get into the attic of a house in Sylvester, Georgia. Rodent pest control technicians from our South Georgia office are setting traps and rodent-proofing the house to non-chemically treat the rat infestation.
by Webmaster
Nov 10, 2022 09:14:26 am.

Was out in ellijay ga today, rats in crawl space, then headed to Hiawasse ga, flyers in attic, in Athens ga now, raccoons in a house
by Chris Collender
Nov 08, 2022 11:38:20 am.

The Macon, Georgia office of Rid-A-Critter provides Norway and roof rat extermination and rodent pest exclusion in the Macon and South Georgia areas, including Adel, Albany, Americus, Barnesville, Byron, Camilla, Centerville, Columbus, Cordele, Culloden, Cuthbert, Dawson, Eastman, Fitzgerald, Forsyth, Fort Valley, Gray, Griffin, Hawkinsville, Jackson, Juliette, Kathleen, Milledgeville, Moultrie, Perry, Roberta, Sylvester, Thomaston, Thomasville, Tifton, Valdosta, Warner Robins, Yatesville, and Zebulon. We are fully licensed and insured.

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