Types of Rats and Mice in Metro Atlanta
Norway Rats: Also known as the brown rat or common street rat, the Norway Rat originated in China and is now common on virtually every continent. With a tendency to reside where humans do, brown rats are true omnivores and will eat almost anything. They generally live in family structures, sleeping, grooming, and finding food for one another. In some cases, these rodents can carry diseases like Weil's disease, rat bite fever, and viral hemorrhagic fever.
Roof Rats: The Roof Rat, also known as the house rat, black rat, or ship rat, is a species of rat common in Georgia. Originating in tropical Asia with colonies across Europe and the Americas, the Roof Rat is an omnivore that poses significant issues to farmers and their crops. These pests can live in any number of atmospheres, from warehouses to barns and agricultural areas.
Mice: Mice are among the most common pests in Georgia, living in virtually all climates and atmospheres where there are food sources. The term mice can be used to describe numerous species of rodent, including the field mouse, deer mouse, and white-footed mouse. Mice are frequently found in human environments, feeding on a wide range of grains and other plant-based foods. In addition to posing a nuisance in human residences, mice are also the carriers of numerous diseases, including hantavirus. The House Mouse is a very common problem in Georgia. If not taken care of immediately, they will infest your entire home or structure in NO TIME. Many people have issues with mice and don't know it. Mice can gain entry into your home through very small gaps and cracks. It takes a lot of time and a keen eye for the smallest details to find all their entry points.
Rat/Mouse Trapping, Removal and Exclusion Process
Wildlife exclusion for a home or building is not a simple, standard process. Each structure is unique, requiring different methods and ladder work. It takes a skilled technician with a trained eye to find all of the uncommon holes. At A & A, we have the experience and know-how to do the job right, guaranteed. Unlike many other companies, we use quality materials such as tough wire screening, thick sheet metal and other products that will last the life of your home.
Phase 1 - Sealing of the home
Due to poor building codes in Georgia, a construction gap is likely present between the roof decking and fascia board around the roofline of your home. These gaps will usually measure half an inch to four inches or more and is a common entryway for critters to access your attic. This area needs to be sealed with galvanized sheet metal and usually takes the most amount of time, effort and ladder maneuvering. The sheet metal is pre-bent and slid under the shingles while screwed into the fascia board to secure. If gutter covers are present, they are carefully taken off to access the construction gap. We then install sheet metal and properly reinstall the gutter covers.