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Macon, Georgia Rat Removal and Exclusion

Long-Lasting, Non-Chemical Rat Extermination by Rid-A-Critter

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.

The Right Way to do Rat Control

Most Macon-area rat exterminators (and most pest control companies in general) 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 to your rat problem, which will also keep 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 our long-lasting, non-chemical rat-control programs. We look forward to hearing from you.


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Norway Rat Hole in a Basement in Macon, Georgia
by Webmaster
Mar 18, 2019 10:53:04 am.

In Columbus Ga today meeting new clients.
by Jason Arruda
Mar 14, 2019 12:45:31 pm.

Having fun doing a rat clean-up in Macon this morning. Next stop is rat inspection and quote in Bonaire.
by Jason McFarland
Mar 14, 2019 10:41:42 am.

This was How Roof Rats Got Into a House in Warm Springs, Georgia
by Webmaster
Feb 27, 2019 11:14:37 am.

This was How Roof Rats Got into a House in Macon, Georgia
by Webmaster
Feb 25, 2019 11:03:11 am.

Norway Rat Hole Under a Deck in Americus, Georgia
by Webmaster
Feb 22, 2019 10:49:50 am.

This was How Rats Got Through a Brick Wall in Valdosta, Georgia
by Webmaster
Feb 22, 2019 10:40:37 am.

Working on a house with rats in Macon putting a stop to it
by Justin A.
Feb 21, 2019 09:06:05 am.

Visiting clients in Albany Ga. on this Presidents Day. Be safe!
by Jason Arruda
Feb 18, 2019 11:52:47 am.

Norway Rat Burrow Leading Into a House in Macon, Georgia
by Webmaster
Feb 14, 2019 01:19:18 pm.

Classic Norway Rat Burrow into a House in Macon
by Webmaster
Feb 07, 2019 11:37:21 am.

Wow, this warm weather has these bat calls on the rise. Bats are gonna be out early with this warm weather and early spring.
by Jason Arruda
Feb 06, 2019 11:57:56 am.

Serious Rat Damage to HVAC Ducts at a House in Valdosta, Georgia
by Webmaster
Feb 06, 2019 10:37:46 am.

Typical Roof Rat Hole in a Soffit Panel in Valdosta, Georgia
by Webmaster
Feb 05, 2019 10:57:06 am.

Justin Sealing Rats Out of a House in Greenville, Georgia
by Webmaster
Feb 05, 2019 10:40:11 am.

Rats are a year round problem critter we work with. We solve many rat problems each month. If you or someone you know has a rat problem, we are the best around. We will protect your home and family against rodents. Call for a free estimate.
by Richard Adcock
Feb 01, 2019 12:13:29 pm.

Roof Rat Chew Hole at a House in Valdosta, Georgia
by Webmaster
Jan 30, 2019 12:17:55 pm.

Roof Rats Chewed Their Way Into a House in Americus, Georgia
by Webmaster
Jan 30, 2019 12:14:19 pm.

Quite an Impressive Chew Hole at a Rat-Removal Job in Albany, Georgia
by Webmaster
Jan 30, 2019 12:11:13 pm.

Look How Norway Rats Got Into a House in Valdosta
by Webmaster
Jan 29, 2019 10:36:57 am.

Well it was a good Monday seeing clients in Carrollton, Dallas, Rockmart and Bremen Ga. today. Time to head home. Be safe everyone.
by Jason Arruda
Jan 28, 2019 04:25:42 pm.

Obvious Roof Rat Burrow in the Attic Insulation in Columbus, Georgia
by Webmaster
Jan 25, 2019 10:03:22 am.

How Norway Rats Got Into this Brick House in Stone Mountain
by Webmaster
Jan 23, 2019 10:56:04 am.

As always it’s nice to visit with our clients in the Albany Ga area. Thanks to all companies and people who refer us to your friends and family for wildlife needs.
by Jason Arruda
Jan 21, 2019 02:47:07 pm.

Cold start to the week. Our critter team is running all over the great states of Georgia and Alabama solving nuisance animal jobs. If you have rats, bats, squirrels, mice etc in your home give us a call for a free estimate.
by Richard Adcock
Jan 21, 2019 08:02:51 am.

News Flash: Our new company blog is live!
by Webmaster
Jan 18, 2019 05:52:35 pm.

Another Failed Handyman Ray-Proofing Attempt
by Webmaster
Jan 18, 2019 01:04:08 pm.

Had a good day visiting some of my clients in the Gainesville Ga. area today.
by Jason Arruda
Jan 17, 2019 02:38:57 pm.

Squirrels, squirrels, and rats. Just left a house in Vestavia Hills. We are sealing that one today for squirrels and rats. On my way to pehlam for gray squirrels. Then back up to Birmingham for more gray squirrels. Then to Irondale.
by Chris Scott
Jan 17, 2019 11:14:15 am.

Rats can be difficult to remove and prevent but we are up for the challenge. Call us for your rodent control needs. We offer services all over Atlanta, Birmingham, Columbus, Athens, Macon and Valdosta.
by Richard Adcock
Jan 17, 2019 10:33:38 am.

This was How Roof Rats Got Into a House in Albany, Georgia
by Webmaster
Jan 16, 2019 11:59:36 am.

Impressive Rat Hole through a Brick Wall in Albany
by Webmaster
Jan 14, 2019 11:45:28 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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