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Macon, Georgia Rat Removal and Exclusion

Rat bling-bling in an attic

Rat bling-bling in an attic

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 not using poisons, we avoid all of the problems associated with poisons. 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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Our Macon office has a crew sealing roof rats out of a very old brick house in Monticello, Georgia. The rats were getting into the house through a gap between the top of the brick wall and an exposed rafter.
by Webmaster
Sep 16, 2020 10:18:07 am.

Our Macon office has a large crew of technicians working on a rat-control and rat-proofing job at a warehouse in Americus, Georgia. We'll trap and remove the rats, and seal around the entire building to keep rats and other animals out of the warehouse.
by Webmaster
Sep 16, 2020 10:03:25 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.

We have a crew working to trap and remove Norway rats from the crawl space of a house in Macon, Georgia, plus seal around the entire foundation of the house to keep any more rats from getting in.
by Webmaster
Sep 02, 2020 10:57:35 am.

A homeowner in Macon just called and told us that Norway rats are trying to chew their way in under her back door. We sent an inspector right away to check it out and draft a plan to rat-proof the house.
by Webmaster
Aug 28, 2020 09:58:07 am.

Existing Water Damage Led to a Roof Rat Problem at a House in Macon, Georgia
by Webmaster
Aug 28, 2020 09:41:33 am.

Our Macon office has a team doing a rat-exclusion job at a house in Macon, Georgia. The rats are getting into the house through the holes where the air-conditioning pipe pass into the house. We'll seal the holes to keep the rats out.
by Webmaster
Aug 25, 2020 11:22:11 am.

A Case of Human-Assisted Rat Entry into a House in Monticello, Georgia
by Webmaster
Aug 19, 2020 09:29:42 am.

This is Why this Macon, Georgia Home Needs Rats Removed from the Crawl Space
by Webmaster
Aug 19, 2020 09:18:32 am.

Jason and Justin Rat Proofing the Crawl Space of a House in Leslie, Georgia
by Webmaster
Jul 31, 2020 10:07:59 am.

Our Macon office has a team working to seal Norway rats out of a storage shed outside a house in Macon.
by Webmaster
Jul 09, 2020 10:41:40 am.

Jermel and Aidan are Sealing Rats out of a Church in Meansville, Georgia
by Webmaster
Jul 07, 2020 09:47:19 am.

A homeowner in Macon told us that she had rats burrowing through the insulation of her attic, and she was right. We have a crew trapping and removing the rats and sealing them out of the attic. They'll also be replacing the contaminated insulation.
by Webmaster
Jun 29, 2020 10:33:52 am.

Jason's Crew Cleaning Up After Rats at a Seed Laboratory
by Webmaster
Jun 26, 2020 10:54:10 am.

Jason and Justin Deodorizing an Attic After Animal Removal
by Webmaster
Jun 24, 2020 10:10:29 am.

Norway Rat Stains on the Baseboards in a House in Macon, Georgia
by Webmaster
Jun 15, 2020 11:28:36 am.

The Roof Rats Gnawed their Way into the Attic of this House in Macon, Georgia
by Webmaster
Jun 12, 2020 09:41:21 am.

Norway Rat Rub Marks in the Crawl Space of a House in Macon, Georgia
by Webmaster
Jun 11, 2020 10:37:43 am.

Norway Rat Damage to a Duct in the Crawl Space of a House in Americus, Georgia
by Webmaster
Jun 10, 2020 09:58:54 am.

A crew from our Macon office is in a crawl space under a house in Jackson, Georgia trapping and removing Norway rats.
by Webmaster
Jun 04, 2020 11:03:58 am.

We have a team of rat-control technicians trapping and removing rats from the attic of a house in Macon, and sealing gaps in the roof to keep rats out of the attic.
by Webmaster
Jun 03, 2020 10:05:08 am.

It's Pretty Obvious How Norway Rats Got into this House in Americus, Georgia
by Webmaster
Jun 02, 2020 10:32:35 am.

Starving Norway Rats Chewed their Way into a Pet Food Storage Container
by Webmaster
May 28, 2020 10:04:30 am.

These Vent Holes Allowed Rats into the Crawl Space of a Macon, Georgia Home
by Webmaster
May 28, 2020 09:55:52 am.

Our Macon office sent a team of technicians to trap and remove rats from a house in Albany, Georgia, and repair holes in the foundation to keep the rats out of the house.
by Webmaster
May 28, 2020 09:48:32 am.

News: CDC Warns that COVID-19 Lockdowns are Making Rats and Mice More Desperate
by Webmaster
May 27, 2020 09:43:37 am.

Here's a Night Vision Video of a Trap-Shy Rat in an Attic
by Webmaster
May 18, 2020 10:05:03 am.

Norway Rats Caused a Water Leak in a Crawl Space
by Webmaster
May 13, 2020 10:49:55 am.

Video of Non-Chemical Rat Control in a Crawl Space in Americus, Georgia
by Webmaster
May 13, 2020 10:41:17 am.

We have a crew headed out to Macon to seal the foundation to keep Norway rats out of the crawl space of a house.
by Webmaster
May 05, 2020 10:34:22 am.

Video of Justin Sealing Rats and Mice Out of a Loading Dock
by Webmaster
Apr 30, 2020 10:02:16 am.

Video of Justin Rat Proofing an Office Building in Macon, Georgia
by Webmaster
Apr 29, 2020 10:49:23 am.

The Macon, Georgia office of Rid-A-Critter provides rat extermination and removal in Macon, 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.

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