We remove all kinds of rats: norway rats, roof rats. We offer rat damage repairs, rodent damage repairs, rodent control, and exclusion repairs in the following cities: Snellville, Loganville, John's Creek, Lawrenceville, Norcross, Duluth, Suwanee, Buford, Tucker, Lilburn, Stone Mountain, Lithonia, Conyers, Covington, Berkeley Lake, Sugar Hill, Clarkston, Avondale Estates, Doraville, Chamblee, Stockbridge, Social Circle, Lovejoy, Monroe, Hampton, Jonesboro, Forest Park, Dacula, Winder, Auburn, Decatur, Atlanta, Georgia

The Ratman - Rat Trapping and Removal

What can I write about rats that hasn’t already been written or said, there is a ton of information about rats on the internet, search it out. Briefly, rats are scavengers and predators that contaminate and destroy. At the age of 60 days, they are able to breed and do so 4 to 6 times per year with 4 to 8 newborn per liter. They carry a variety of diseases and parasites and can enter your house through an opening the size of a quarter. The pictures and information below are a partial list of the many places rats can enter a structure. Man made openings the rats take advantage of are the main reason for invasion by these animals.

Here I am 38 feet above ground in rapelling gear at an upscale house in Stone Mountain. Rats climbed straight up the downspout into the gutters and then into the attic. All openings left unsecured will be a weak link allowing for future infestations. At the Trapping Dept., we go where the openings are located so they can be permanently repaired. Complete thorough inspections allow for complete thorough repairs.

At this house in Snellville, gray squirrels made a round hole in the fascia board (area circled), months or years later, rats used the same opening for entry into the attic. The homeowner said “get those darn rats out of my attic”, so we did. An average gray squirrel weighs 1 to 1 ½ pounds and makes an opening about the size of a baseball, an average rat of 1 to 1 ½ pounds can go through an opening the size of a quarter.

At this 85 year old house in Virginia Highlands, contractors took the path of least resistance by completely knocking out the foundation vent opening and stuffing all of the wires and cables through the vent. This opening will now allow for animals the size of full grown raccoons to enter the crawl space.

This is a fairly common practice for homeowners and handymen, putting steel wool in the opening. Rats will easily push the steel wool out of the hole, allowing for re-entry into the structure. Permanent repairs should be done to secure this opening at this house in Duluth.

Rats contaminate, breed and destroy. This house in Dunwoody was vacant for 2 months when droppings were discovered. On average, rats will destroy through contamination, 10 times the amount of food they consume. One rat will defecate between 75 and 150 droppings, the same rat will urinate between ½ and ¾ ounce of urine daily. Rats basically have no bladders so they also do not have bladder control, urination and defecation occur randomly and everywhere the rats travel.

This is a regular odor vent pipe above a bathroom. In the circled area, rats gnawed at the metal rain flashing around the pipe. Rats and squirrels are constantly gnawing on hard surfaces to keep their teeth ground down as is evident at this house in Norcross.

Rats traveling along a creek bed behind this house in John’s Creek, found the opening to the black tubing used for French drains. They traveled through the tubing into the crawl space, gnawed a hole in the French drain, and entered in the crawl space. Once in the crawl space, they continued roaming and eventually were inside the living quarters of this golf course mansion.

Rats and squirrels chew on the plastic coating covering electrical wiring as they did in the attic of this house in Alpharetta. Read the fire portion of your homeowners insurance policy. It reads something like this: “If your house catches fire and the cause of the fire is determined to be animals chewing electrical wiring, the policy is null and void at that point”. Nationwide, over 50% of fires of unknown origin are attributed to animals chewing electrical wiring. Rats will also chew on security wires, telephone wires, computer wires, plumbing pipes made from pvc, and just about any other surface you can imagine.

Older houses like this one in Morningside (93 years old) had this type foundation vents. Over time, pieces of the vent get broken or knocked out, thus allowing for activity from several different type animals.

This 58 year old house in Decatur utilized this type of foundation vent, it had a window screen type material glued to backside of the vent. Over time, the glue breaks down and the screen falls away, now rats and snakes can easily enter the crawl space. Heavy rat infestations can attract snakes who are there for the food source - the rats.

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