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Allgood Pest Solutions Rodent Exterminators in Atlanta GA and Knoxville TN

Rodent Exterminators – Rats & Mice

Serving Georgia & Tennessee

Georgia and Tennessee are hotbeds for rat infestations—the Atlanta metro area is consistently ranked in the top 15 most rat-infested cities in the country. Conventional wisdom states that if you see a rat, there’s half a dozen more you don’t see; given how fast rats can multiply, all it takes is a small crack in your siding or an open trash can out back for your home or business to be completely infested. Allgood Pest Solutions is the rodent control company you can count on to control and prevent rats and mice.

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Why choose Allgood Pest Solutions for rodent extermination?

When you need a rodent exterminator, you can count on Allgood Pest Solutions rodent exterminators. Here’s a few reasons why:

  • We are QualityPro Certified
  • We are ranked the 29th largest pest control company in the US
  • We offer the Allgood Pest Solutions Repair Warranty- 100% Guarantee against any damage while under warranty- no deductible
  • We guarantee results or we’ll come back and make it right
  • We employ long-term, well-trained professionals

Do you need mice and rat exterminators?

Because rats and mice can be hard to control, it’s important to enlist professional rodent exterminator service. There are two main types of rats in the Atlanta GA area to look out for:

  1. Roof rats are excellent climbers, so when they invade homes and other buildings they can typically be found in the upper parts of them, like the attic. They can be found commonly living around riverbeds, wharfs, and dock areas.
  2. Norway rats are not good climbers and therefore typically enter buildings through basements. Outdoors, they can be found living in fields, farmlands, and in woodpiles.

FREQUENTLY-ASKED RODENT QUESTIONS

What is a rodent?

Rodents are gnawing mammals and are distinguished by their strong, constantly growing incisor teeth. Rodents use their powerful incisor teeth as chisel tools to gnaw through insulation, wood, walls and electrical wiring causing extensive damage to homes and structures. Common pest rodents include the house mice, deer mice, Norway rats, and roof rats. Rodents are nocturnal, meaning they are active at night and not during the day.

What do rodents look like and what do they eat?

All rodents share a few common characteristics including: furry robust bodies, short legs, long tails and a pair of incisor teeth that never stop growing. Rodents use their strong teeth to gnaw through wood, aluminum siding, sheet rock, soft cement and to defend themselves. Most rodents tend to prefer eating plant foods like seeds, grains, and small fruit. However, mice and rats are omnivores, meaning their diet consists of plant and animal products.

What are the most common rodents in homes?

House mice, Norway rats and roof rats are the three most common rodent species to invade homes. These rodent pests are commensal, which means “to share the table.” Rodent pests  are commensal because they are generally found living in close association with humans and dependent upon the human habitat for food and shelter. Mice and rats inhabit homes, gardens, farms, food stores, apartments and commercial buildings. 

What are the differences between a mouse and a rat?

While mice and rats share a few common characteristics, the major differences between them is their size and diet. The typical house mouse is 2-4” in length, as opposed to the Norway rat or roof rat, which can measure up to 9” in length. Both mice and rats are omnivores, but rats will eat anything, and generally prefer meat, pet food, fish, and stored cheeses. Mice prefer grains, fruits, vegetables, seeds, and nuts. 

What does a house mouse look like?

Adult house mice range in total size from 5-8” in length, including their tail. Their ears are very large and distinct in comparison to their small, furry bodies. The house mouse is light brown to nearly black in color, with a slightly lighter belly. The tail of a house mouse is hairless and as long as the body and head combined. An adult house mouse weighs up to one ounce, although some mice may be heavier.

What does a Norway rat look like?

Norway rats are large, robust rodents and the average adult measures 16” in total length from its snout to the end of its tail. Norway rats are generally grayish-brown to black or reddish-brown in color and the length of its tail is shorter than its body.  The Norway rat’s tail is darker on top and more pale underneath. Norway rats can weigh between 7-18 ounces.

What does a roof rat look like?

Norway rats are large, robust rodents and the average adult measures 16” in total length from its snout to the end of its tail. Norway rats are generally grayish-brown to black or reddish-brown in color and the length of its tail is shorter than its body.  The Norway rat’s tail is darker on top and more pale underneath. Norway rats can weigh between 7-18 ounces. 

Where do mice and rats live?

When choosing nesting sites near homes, house mice will construct nests outdoors in ground burrows, barns and sheds, and will construct nests indoors in attics, wall voids, storage boxes, and under appliances. Norway rats construct burrows outside along foundations and gardens or may be found inside homes, in basements and crawl spaces. Excellent climbers, roof rats prefer to nest in trees, rooflines, block walls, attics, garages, sheds and in ceilings.

How do mice and rats get inside homes?

Rodents are exceptional climbers, using their athletic abilities to gain access to homes. Rats  can leap more than 4 feet horizontally and will jump from overhanging trees to access roof lines and attics. Mice can squeeze through a hole the size of a dime and rats only need a gap the size of a quarter. Rodents enter homes using gaps around dryer vents, utility pipes, exterior doors and chimneys. 

Can mice and rats spread disease?

Rodents are known to spread more than 35 diseases, including hantavirus, leptospirosis, lymphocytic choriomeningitis (LCMV), Tularemia and Salmonella. These diseases can be spread to humans directly by handling live or dead rodents, through contact with rodent feces, urine, or saliva, and through rodent bites. Additionally, the droppings and urine of house mice and rats contain allergens that can trigger rhinitis in susceptible individuals.

What damage can mice and rats cause in homes?

Mice and rats gnaw through wood, aluminum, plastic pipes and sheetrock and can damage electrical wiring. Due to their gnawing damage, rodent infestations hold the potential for serious damage related to fires and explosions. Accounts of rodents starting fires by carrying matches to their hiding places, as well as causing short circuits through the gnawing of electrical wires have been widely reported. Chewed, exposed wires inside walls can spark, causing interior walls to catch fire.

What are signs of a rodent infestation?

Common signs of a rodent infestation include the actual sighting of live or dead rodents, droppings, gnaw marks, rub marks, gnawed fruit in trees, and scratching sounds at night. Look for gnaw marks on door corners, walls, and baseboards. Rat droppings are shiny black and ½ to ¾” long, and mice droppings are smaller with pointed ends. Burrows outdoors along foundation and walls or beneath debris or shrubbery are obvious signs of a Norway rat infestation.

What attracts mice and rats to homes?

Rodents enter homes for three reasons—shelter, warmth and food. Rats and mice are warm blooded and if they have access, will nest in attics, wall voids, garages and crawl spaces. Rodents are attracted to food sources like grains, nuts, meat, birdseed, pet food, garbage and anything salty or sweet. Dripping pipes and leaky faucets provide rodents with a water resource. Additionally, rats are attracted to compost piles and pet waste debris in yards.

How do you get rid of rodents in the home?

Inspection, sanitation and exclusion are three steps homeowners can take to help eliminate a rodent infestation. Inspect your property for signs of rodents. Eliminate entry points by rodent-proofing your home. Snap traps, live traps and glue boards can be an easy and inexpensive way to get rid of rodents. However, if the rodent infestation is large, a pest management professional may be required to eliminate the infestation for good.

How can you prevent a rodent infestation?

To deter rodents, eliminate access to your home and remove the food and water resources that attract them. Seal gaps and holes around utility cables, outdoor vents or pipe work with steel wool or silicone-based caulk. Keep your home clean and free of clutter, and use tight fitting lids on trash bins.  Outdoors, pick up fallen fruit, clean up around bird feeders or use a “no-waste bird food”, remove leaf litter and and pick up pet waste.

Allgood Pest Solutions – a rodent control company you can trust

Getting rid of rats from your property can be a difficult process. If you are experiencing problems with rats, contact the mice and rat exterminators at Allgood Pest Solutions today. We can quickly, efficiently, and safely remove rats from your property, help to identify how they are entering, and prevent future problems with rodents from occurring.

The importance of professional rodent exterminators

You’ll rarely find just one mouse or rat, which is why it’s important to enlist the help of a rodent control company. Mice are mature enough to breed at age 5-8 weeks. In one year, female mice typically have eight litters, with 4-7 pups per litter. Rats can breed at age 8-12 weeks and have 4-6 litters of 8-12 pups per litter. Rodents need a constant source of food, water, and shelter in order to thrive, and all it takes is a small gap in your siding or underneath a door for them to begin nesting on your property!

The key to rodent extermination: inspect, interview & strategize

To determine the scope of your rodent problem and propose the most effective solution, the mice and rat exterminators at Allgood Pest Solutions will conduct a thorough interview with you and inspect your property for areas where rodents are likely to nest and thrive. Our specialists will search for signs of a rodent infestation, and select the proper tools and techniques necessary to exterminate rodents from your property without endangering your family, employees, or the environment. Once target areas are established, our rodent exterminator team will recommend the use of either rodent traps, baits, or a combination of the two.

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There is no single off-the-shelf solution for every pest problem. Each Allgood Pest Solutions plan is tailored to the specific needs of our individual customers. We take the time to understand the challenges pests present to your property and to determine how to gain the best results while working with your family’s schedule.

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