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Frequently Asked Questions

There are many questions about rat removal, the list below are some of the more common ones. Of course, if you have any other questions about our rat removal and rodent control process, don’t hesitate to CALL US!

Q: Who exactly is Atlanta Rat Removal?

A: Atlanta Rat Removal is a Division of Urban Wildlife Control, Inc. We are a private wildlife removal business located in Roswell, GA. We are licensed through the Georgia Department of Natural Resources to provide nuisance wildlife control and the Georgia Department of Agriculture for pest control. This site was designed to answer questions for people with rat issues.

Q: Is rat trapping a permanent solution to my rat issue in my attic and crawlspace?

A: No, trapping is only the first step in the process that includes trapping, exclusion and waste removal. Trapping rats but leaving their entry points and rodent odors will invite other animals not your home.

Q: Can I just use the ultrasonic rodent repellers or chemical repellants?

A: These devices never work. When Urban Wildlife Control begins an animal removal project it’s very common to find these ultrasonic devices and chemical repellants in use. If these devices and repellers worked we would use them. Check online reviews of these devices.

Q: What types of damage do rats cause in an attic or crawlspace?

A: Both roof rats and Norway rats are troublesome for Atlanta, GA residents. Chewed wires can lead to electrical fires and shorts. Chewed boards and shingles can lead to leaky roofs and water damage. Insulation can be shredded, urinated on, and pooped on. It can lead to smells, disease, and reduced heat and cooling protections.

Damages to insulation and HVAC equipment are common; this behavior reduces the thermal effectiveness of your home. Rats may cause water damage by chewing on plastic pipes. Norway rats can tunnel and burrow under crawlspace walls and front porch stoops creating a start to erosion and sinkholes. In extreme cases, the entire foundation of your home or outbuilding may need to be re-stabilized.

Q: When do rats give birth?

A: Year round, in Georgia. A female rat can have 6 to 7 litters a year and produce 4-12 pups per litter.

Q: How many rats are in my home?

A: This is a very common question customers ask before we begin our rat removal process. A litter is usually 4-12; rats reproduce constantly. The average number removed from a home is 8-12 rats.

Q: When one rat is caught will the other rats wise up to the traps?

A: No, it is not uncommon to catch multiple rats in different traps placed next to each other.

Q: How do we know when all the rats or mice are all caught?

A: Trapping is not a science, it’s more of an art. We are constantly looking for indicators, such as: the bait being touched, noise level reduction, the nesting areas being unused, fresh droppings and chew marks. Once the animals living in the home are removed then an exclusion can be performed to prevent new rats from moving in.

Q: Why did these rodents choose my house?

A: First off, rats have a very small territory. This can often be the size of the average Atlanta yard. You are more likely to have rats here if you have an easy feeding source for them. This can be dishes of cat food or dog food left out in the yard. It can also be a chicken coop where you scatter grains or keep the store in a non-metal container. Even large bird feeders may suffice. The other thing that rats need is a home with easy entrance points to somewhere warm. This could be your attic or hayloft as a roof rat, or your crawl space, outbuilding, or basement as a Norway rat.

Q: Why do rats go into homes?

A: For the shelter and warmth, also it is a safe place to raise their young. Your home is just as inviting to rodents as it is to you.

Q: Why do I hear them in late at night a lot?

A: Rats are nocturnal and move around going in and out of attic all night long.

Q: How are getting into my home?

A: Most likely through the builders gap, also known as the construction gap, a gap left between the fascia and decking on the roof. There are other areas where plumbing passes through exterior walls or faulty crawlspace doors and vents. Also, rotten wood can be an easy point for rats to chew through.

Q: What method of payment does Urban Wildlife Control accept?

A: We accept all major credit cards, check, cash and PayPal.