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Macon, Georgia Rat Removal and Exclusion

Jason rapelling on a roof rat extermination job

Jason rapelling on a roof rat extermination 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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Hope everyone has a great weekend!!
by Amber A.
Jun 12, 2021 07:23:35 pm.

It’s a competition between bats and raccoons getting up in the attics the last few days! If it’s in your attic, we can get it!
by Amber A.
Jun 11, 2021 06:04:09 pm.

The rain seems to be driving the animals in! We can get them out!
by Amber A.
Jun 10, 2021 06:04:42 pm.

Here's a Roof Rat Stairway into the Attic of a House in Albany, Georgia
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Jun 08, 2021 11:03:43 am.

The rain doesn’t scare the animals away! If you’ve noticed one taking shelter in your home, give us a call!
by Amber A.
Jun 07, 2021 07:24:17 pm.

A gap in the brick wall where the air-conditioning lines pass through allowed Norway rats to get into a house in Valdosta, Georgia. A rat-control crew from our Macon office are using trapping and exclusion to eliminate the rat infestation without using poisons.
by Webmaster
Jun 03, 2021 11:18:22 am.

The rodents were on a mission this week! If they get in your house, we can help!
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May 25, 2021 02:16:41 pm.

Norway rats gnawed through a cheap plastic foundation vent cover to infest the crawl space of a house in Valdosta, Georgia. A team from our Macon-area office is non-chemically trapping and removing the rats, and rodent-proofing the house.
by Webmaster
May 25, 2021 10:49:07 am.

Norway rats were getting into the crawl space of a house in Americus, Georgia through a gap under the access door. We built and installed a new, tight-fitting crawl space door to keep rats and other rodents out of the house.
by Webmaster
May 24, 2021 10:07:42 am.

Hope everyone has a great weekend!
by Amber A.
May 21, 2021 06:06:17 pm.

The Crawl Space Door Needs to be Replaced to Rat-Proof this House in Albany, Georgia
by Webmaster
May 19, 2021 10:44:10 am.

A technician from our Macon office is replacing the weather seal on the bottom of the garage door to keep rats out of a house in Columbus, Georgia. He's also placing traps to non-chemically catch the rats and remove them from the house.
by Webmaster
May 18, 2021 11:14:43 am.

Our Macon office has technicians trapping and removing roof rats from the attic of an Albany, Georgia home. They're also sealing up the roof to keep rats, squirrels, and other animals out of the attic.
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May 17, 2021 09:58:13 am.

Happy Friday!! Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!
by Amber A.
May 14, 2021 06:04:38 pm.

I think there was more animal activity outside then inside today! If they get in, we can get them out!
by Amber A.
May 13, 2021 06:10:20 pm.

One of our teams from our Macon-area office is rat-proofing a commercial building in Americus, Georgia. They're setting traps to quickly eliminate the existing rat problem, and sealing gaps around the building to prevent future infestations.
by Webmaster
May 13, 2021 10:59:36 am.

We have technicians in a crawl space rat proofing a house in Columbus, Georgia. The rats are getting in through the recessed foundation vents. They'll set traps to catch and remove the existing rats, and screen the vents to prevent future rodent infestations.
by Webmaster
May 13, 2021 10:55:53 am.

We have an army of rat-control experts trapping and removing Norway rats from a warehouse in Americus, Georgia. They'll also be rat-proofing the warehouse to prevent future rodent infestations.
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May 13, 2021 10:50:38 am.

Today We're Doing Non-Chemical Rat Control in the Crawl Space of a House in Leslie, Georgia
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May 13, 2021 10:38:19 am.

Cooler weather coming in means the animals coming in! We can help! :)
by Amber A.
May 11, 2021 06:58:32 pm.

A lady just called to tell us she has "hundreds and hundreds" of roof rats in the attic of her Columbus, Georgia home. Jason is raising up an army of rat-removal techs to trap and remove the rats, and seal them out of the attic.
by Webmaster
May 06, 2021 10:14:02 am.

A homeowner found rat droppings on top of the furnace in their Albany, Georgia home. We have an inspector heading over to survey the problem and draw up a non-chemical rat-removal plan.
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May 05, 2021 10:01:57 am.

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May 04, 2021 10:23:55 am.

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by Amber A.
May 03, 2021 06:03:57 pm.

One of our crews is sealing gaps in the foundation of a house in Columbus, Georgia to keep Norway rats out of the basement. The rats also damaged the insulation between the joists, which we'll be replacing.
by Webmaster
May 03, 2021 09:55:37 am.

Happy Friday! I hope everyone has a fabulous weekend!
by Amber A.
Apr 30, 2021 06:13:44 pm.

A technician with good masonry skills is patching gaps in the brick walls to keep Norway rats out of a house in Valdosta, Georgia. As the mortar wears away, bricks often fall out of homes, allowing rats to get inside.
by Webmaster
Apr 27, 2021 09:03:56 am.

Today we have technicians sealing gaps in the foundation of a house in Albany, Georgia to keep rats out of the crawl space. They're also using traps to non-chemically trap and remove the rats without using poisons.
by Webmaster
Apr 27, 2021 08:58:32 am.

A team of rat-control technicians from our Macon office is non-chemically trapping and removing rats from the attic of a house in Columbus, Georgia. They'll also be sealing the roof to keep rats and other rodents out of the attic.
by Webmaster
Apr 26, 2021 09:19:17 am.

Jason found evidence of a roof rat infestation in the attic of a house in Columbus, Georgia. He's sending a crew to non-chemically treat the rat problem, seal the rats out of the house, and repair the damage.
by Webmaster
Apr 22, 2021 09:57:24 am.

One of our rat-removal crews is just about finished with a non-chemical rat control job in the attic of a Macon, Georgia home. The rats have been removed and sealed out. Now we're cleaning up the mess and repairing the damage.
by Webmaster
Apr 22, 2021 09:41:23 am.

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