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Macon, Georgia Rat Removal and Exclusion

Two rats trapped alive at a home in Georgia

Two rats trapped alive at a home in Georgia

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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Noises in your attic? We can help in certain case we can seal and remove animals from your home with no personal contact.
by Dean Scott
Apr 02, 2020 11:16:28 am.

We have a crew from our Macon office headed out to Americus to non-chemically treat a rat problem at a house.
by Webmaster
Apr 02, 2020 10:35:04 am.

Techs from our Macon Office are Sealing Rats out of the Crawl Space of a House in Macon, Georgia
by Webmaster
Apr 01, 2020 11:07:35 am.

We have a crew in Macon non-chemically removing roof rats from the attic of a house, and sealing the roof to keep rats out of the attic.
by Webmaster
Mar 31, 2020 10:12:46 am.

From our family to yours we wish you good health and safety. During this uncertain time related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, we want to assure you as a approved business for essential Services. Rid-A-Critter remains open. Thanks
by Jason Arruda
Mar 27, 2020 03:07:31 pm.

Jason's crew is out in Macon sealing rats out of a crawl space.
by Webmaster
Mar 17, 2020 10:13:24 am.

This Was How Tree Rats Became Roof Rats at a House in Macon
by Webmaster
Mar 16, 2020 10:05:02 am.

Here's Dan Humanely Removing Animals from a Glue Trap
by Webmaster
Mar 10, 2020 10:05:57 am.

This Video Shows How to Humanely Remove an Animal from a Glue Trap
by Webmaster
Mar 10, 2020 09:57:33 am.

Just enjoying this Georgia weather this weekend. At my parents house fishing and noticed the wildlife out here where they belong. They can become a nuisance though when they find their way inside your home. In that case give us a call.
by Jason Arruda
Mar 01, 2020 12:24:17 pm.

Well it’s North Ga today. Seeing clients in Buford, Gainesville, Blue Ridge, Blairsville and Hiawassee Ga.
by Jason Arruda
Feb 27, 2020 11:30:35 am.

Serious Rat Damage to a Dryer Vent in Valdosta, Georgia
by Webmaster
Feb 25, 2020 10:44:49 am.

A Detached Dryer Vent Allowed Rats into a House in Macon, Georgia
by Webmaster
Feb 21, 2020 10:30:11 am.

Norway Rat Hole Under an Electric Meter in Valdosta, Georgia
by Webmaster
Feb 21, 2020 09:44:05 am.

Rainy days mean animals like to stay in. If you are hearing noises in your attic on this rainy day it could be more than rain.
by Dean Scott
Feb 13, 2020 09:27:56 am.

Well-Hidden Roof Rat Entry Gap into a House in Albany, Georgia
by Webmaster
Feb 12, 2020 10:23:44 am.

A Roof Rat Gnawed through a Rain Gutter at this House in Valdosta, Georgia
by Webmaster
Feb 11, 2020 10:16:46 am.

Exterior Norway Rat Hole into a Brick House in Americus, Georgia
by Webmaster
Jan 30, 2020 09:34:30 am.

Another Norway Rat Hole in a House in Macon, Georgia
by Webmaster
Jan 28, 2020 11:25:07 am.

Norway Rat-Proofing at a House in Macon, Georgia
by Webmaster
Jan 28, 2020 10:57:19 am.

Going to Bainbridge Ga today for quotes for exclusions. Bats, rats and gray squirrels.
by Jason Arruda
Jan 23, 2020 11:05:03 am.

Was a busy day today and covered a lot of ground... Zebulon Ga, Griffin Ga, Macon Ga, Perry Ga, to McIntyre Ga. Squirrels, rats and bats. Yes bats. Their still active. Call us
by Jason Arruda
Jan 20, 2020 06:30:29 pm.

This is Why this House in Macon, Georgia has a Rat Problem
by Webmaster
Jan 20, 2020 10:39:07 am.

Excited to be at the Athens pest control conference this week. Let’s talk about wildlife and what services we provide to help.
by Jason Arruda
Jan 06, 2020 11:57:03 am.

New Blog Post: Happy New Year!
by Webmaster
Dec 31, 2019 11:39:15 am.

Want to put a stop to those pesky critters getting in your home for good? We can do that!!
by Jason Arruda
Dec 30, 2019 12:14:14 pm.

Heard it all. Squirrels in my attic, scratching noises in my attic, attic noises, animals partying in my attic, then there’s the crawlspace. Rats in my crawlspace, opossum in my crawlspace and there’s something dead in my crawlspace/attic.
by Jason Arruda
Dec 30, 2019 12:07:59 pm.

New Blog Post: Merry Christmas!
by Webmaster
Dec 24, 2019 11:07:00 am.

Just want to say. I’m so grateful for the relationships we have with the pest control companies in Georgia and Alabama and Tennessee. Thank you all for the referrals.
by Jason Arruda
Dec 19, 2019 01:01:20 pm.

Norway Rats Got Into an Unused Wood Furnace Shed in Macon, Georgia
by Webmaster
Dec 09, 2019 11:03:59 am.

This House in Valdosta, Georgia Needs Mice Removed from the Attic
by Webmaster
Dec 06, 2019 10:22:27 am.

Someone Inspecting for Rats in the Attic of a House in Valdosta, Georgia
by Webmaster
Dec 06, 2019 09:59:58 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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