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Macon, Georgia Rat Removal and Exclusion

Young rat found at Georgia rat control job

Young rat found at Georgia rat control job

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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We have a crew trapping and removing rats from the crawl space of a house in Macon, Georgia. They'll also be sealing the gaps in the foundation and repairing the crawl space door to keep rats out of the house.
by Webmaster
Dec 04, 2020 10:26:06 am.

We have one of our Macon, Georgia rat-control crews sealing a gap in the flashing to keep roof rats out of the attic of a house. We're also non-chemically trapping and removing the rats that are already in the attic.
by Webmaster
Dec 02, 2020 10:41:05 am.

The colder weather starting to set in has the critters looking for warmth and safety in homes and businesses. Give us a call if you need a wildlife exclusion or hear scratching in the attic or walls.
by Jason Arruda
Dec 02, 2020 10:28:57 am.

We'll be using several cases of old-school rat snap traps at a non-chemical rat control job at a warehouse in Macon. You shouldn't use rat poisons at a warehouse because you have no way of knowing where the rats will die, among other reasons.
by Webmaster
Nov 30, 2020 10:26:12 am.

We have technicians replacing an old, beat-up crawl space door with a new one that will keep rats out of the crawl space of a house in Macon, Georgia.
by Webmaster
Nov 30, 2020 10:16:50 am.

Our Macon office has technicians sealing the foundation wall under the deck of a house in Columbus, Georgia to keep Norway rats out of the basement. Crawl spaces under decks and porches often have hidden gaps that can allow rats into homes.
by Webmaster
Nov 19, 2020 09:01:44 am.

We have a crew repairing roof rat damage to the wooden slats of a gable vent at a house in Americus, Georgia. A painter discovered the damage and painted over it. (Painting is not an effective rat-proofing method.)
by Webmaster
Nov 18, 2020 10:23:05 am.

We Found Water and Roof Rat Damage at a House in Macon, Georgia
by Webmaster
Nov 16, 2020 11:50:48 am.

We have a crew getting ready to seal the lightening holes in the block foundation where the gas pipes were passed through to keep Norway rats out of the crawl space of a house in Macon, Georgia.
by Webmaster
Nov 06, 2020 06:30:52 am.

We have technicians repairing roof rat damage in the attic of a house in Macon. The rats gnawed holes through the roof sheathing, tore up the insulation, and contaminated the attic with their urine and droppings. They made quite a mess.
by Webmaster
Oct 30, 2020 10:21:24 am.

Our Macon office has technicians working in the crawl space of a house in Americus, Georgia, trapping and removing Norway Rats and sealing them out of the house. We spend a lot of times in crawl spaces in this line of work.
by Webmaster
Oct 23, 2020 11:39:46 am.

Our Macon office has a crew closing up gaps in the roof and the soffits to keep roof rats out of the attic of a house in Columbus, Georgia. Construction gaps in the roof are the most common way that roof rats get into homes.
by Webmaster
Oct 21, 2020 11:17:47 am.

Three Missing Bricks Allowed Norway Rats into a House in Macon, Georgia
by Webmaster
Oct 21, 2020 11:10:56 am.

We'll be sending a crew to seal all the gaps and holes in the foundation to keep Norway rats out of a house in Macon, Georgia. This time of year, rats are especially motivated to get into homes and buildings looking for their winter homes.
by Webmaster
Oct 18, 2020 04:48:51 pm.

Huge Norway Rat Hole into the Crawl Space of a House in Warner-Robins, Georgia
by Webmaster
Oct 05, 2020 10:29:19 am.

Our Macon office is sending technicians to trap and remove Norway rats from the basement of a house in Jeffersonville, Georgia. We'll also be sealing the gaps in the foundation to keep rats out of the basement for good.
by Webmaster
Oct 05, 2020 10:25:08 am.

We're heading out to perform non-chemical Norway rat control at a house in Macon, Georgia. We'll be setting traps for the rats in the basement, and sealing the foundation to permanently keep rats out of the house.
by Webmaster
Oct 05, 2020 09:29:24 am.

Norway Rat Damage to the Insulation in a Crawl Space in Macon, Georgia
by Webmaster
Oct 05, 2020 09:26:05 am.

We're installing new foundation vents on a house in Macon, Georgia to stop Norway rats from gnawing their way into the crawl space. The old vents were made of cheap plastic that couldn't possibly keep the rats out.
by Webmaster
Oct 02, 2020 01:36:16 pm.

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.

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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