Get Rid Of Attic Rats in Michigan
Nuisance Rodent Trapping and Prevention
Rats, mice and other rodents can become a nuisance when they come in close proximity to humans. In addition to spreading disease to both humans and household pets, rodents can also cause property damage and contaminate food sources. Our team specializes in rodent control and removal to help you get rid of rodents in your home or business.
Our procedure “Rodent Proofing” is often misinterpreted by homeowners whose attics are infested with rodents. Pest control companies and specialty animal removal companies remove rodents from the attic. While it is rare for pest control companies to include the service of sealing the roof openings, it is more common for specialty companies to do so. To effectively eliminate rodent entry, roofing shingles, tile and/or metal roof covering must be removed.
In situations where rats are not controlled with conventional products, fumigation of transport vehicles or rat ground burrows may sometimes be needed.
They are sometimes found living in rice fields or around poultry or other farm buildings as well as in industrial sites where food and shelter are available.
Other rat signs may also assist, but be aware that both species may be present.
Liquid baits may be an effective alternative in situations where normal baits are not readily accepted, especially where water is scarce or where rats must travel some distance to reach water.
Read my comprehensive guide to rats in the attic.
Rodents sniff out the bait and return to feed upon it continuously until the poison kills them.
Roof Rats can enter homes and other structures through openings as small as ½ inch.
Products sold as general animal repellents, based on taste and/or odor, are sometimes advertised to repel animals, including rats, from garbage bags.
Another important treatment component is customer education so the customer understands the concepts of the proposed control program.
It is recommended for use in homes because, unlike with poison baits, there is no risk of a rat dying in an inaccessible place and creating an odor problem.
Rodent-infested pallets of goods can be tarped and fumigated on an individual or collective basis.
Out-of-doors, roof rats may be present in low to moderate numbers with little sign in the way of tracks or droppings or runs and burrows.
Rats (Rattus spp.
They may also enter through ill-fitted doors, windows, or screens, and air vents that are not in sound or working order.
They also often chew on inedible materials such as books, soap, and cans.
At about 3 months of age they are completely independent of the mother and are reproductively mature.
The first step in controlling a roof rat infestation is to properly identify the rodents.
The young may continue to nurse until 4 or 5 weeks old.
This is a great supplementary treatment to trapping when you are dealing with larger rodent populations, or for outdoor populations.
The advantages of trapping when compared to baiting include: 1) Trapping does not require the use of harmful poisons; 2) Trapping allows the user to know whether the rat was killed, whereas with baiting the rat will wander off and die somewhere else; 3) Trapping eliminates odor problems by allowing you to dispose of the rat carcass.
The most common rat in the area is the Norway rat.
Specifications may vary depending on bait manufacturer even though the active ingredient may be the same.
Raisins, prunes, peanut butter, nutmeats, and gumdrops make good baits and are often better than meat or cat food baits.
Snap traps are actually the very best way to do it.
When rodent-proofing against roof rats, pay close attention to the roof and roof line areas to assure all accesses are closed.
While you will not reasonably be able to compensate for every possible rodent entry, you can greatly reduce the ease of entry for rodents (and thereby, reduce the population size) by taking the following measures:
They need not be baited.
Cage trapping is often considered to be the most humane way of dealing with an animal problem, and certainly when it comes to larger animals it is fair to say that it can be effective.
Successful long-term rat control is not simple.
It has often been said that Norway rats will displace roof rats whenever they come together, but the evidence is not altogether convincing.