Ingham County, Michigan Rat Removal

Ingham County, Michigan Rat Control Services

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Rodent entry elimination: We see many attempts by handymen, pest control companies, and Ingham County, Michigan rodent extraction companies that do not include the removal of any roofing material. Often the prevention includes the emptying of a can of foam into the void. Without the removal of roofing material, there is no assurance that rodent entry will be eliminated. When we encounter these substandard attempts, we must first remove the previous application.  When this includes foam, the extraction of the foam takes longer than the application of our wire prevention product.

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Rodent elimination by those who are not insured exposes you, the Ingham County, Michigan homeowner, to unnecessary liabilities. It is in your best interest to request proof of insurance for worker’s compensation and public liability before work begins on your roof. It’s doubtful that you will find these companies or individuals carry such insurance.  Those who do not often work in this environment typically cannot afford expensive roofing insurance.

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  • What Are Rats?

Only after you've sealed the openings shut, you should start trapping and removal. They have also been found living in sewer systems, but this is not common. Unfortunately, the rat’s great adaptability to varying environmental conditions can sometimes make this information elusive. Use proper garbage and refuse disposal containers and implement exterior sanitation programs. Excellent climber that can often be found in the upper parts of structures. Rat droppings are three times as large as mouse droppings. See Rat Trapping Tips and Rat Baiting Tips. Snails are a favorite food, but don’t expect roof rats to eliminate a garden snail problem. Exclusion and sealing of sites greater than ½ inch (about the size of a dime) using screens, flashing, door sweeps and other materials to keep rats from entering a structure. Roof rats can be controlled with the same baits used for Norway rats. Control methods must reflect an understanding of the roof rat’s habitat requirements, reproductive capabilities, food habits, life history, behavior, senses, movements, and the dynamics of its population structure.

Types of Rats


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The efficacy of such products for rats is generally lacking. The food habits of roof rats outdoors in some respects resemble those of tree squirrels, since they prefer a wide variety of fruit and nuts. 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. The only way to solve a rat or mouse problem is to find every last point of entry into the house, and seal it shut. Norway rats build their nests in underground burrows where they mate, rear their young, store food and seek refuge from predators. Bait stations are sometimes difficult to place for roof rat control because of the rodents’ overhead traveling characteristics. In landscaped yards they often live in overgrown shrubbery or vines, feeding on ornamentals, vegetables, fruits, and nuts. If living under a refrigerator or freezer, they may disable the unit by gnawing the electrical wires. Adult roof rats usually live about one year. For more detailed information, see Rodent-proof Construction and Exclusion Methods. Damage - a rat's teeth are constantly growing and that means they have to chew on hard things like wood to trim them back.

Building Inspection and Rat-Proofing


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Both roof rats and Norway rats have a well-developed sense of smell and are wary of new things that are introduced into their home range. Sometimes rats get into the kitchen area and feed on stored foods. Only construction grade materials are used. With lemons they may eat only the rind and leave the hanging fruit intact. Their design makes them more rat-specific when used out-of-doors than ordinary snap traps that sometimes take birds. Roof rats are adept climbers and not surprisingly are apt to build their nests in locations above ground. These rats are primarily active at night. Our professional wildlife professionals may not show you how to kill the rats but instead use rat repellents, rat fumigants and rat trapping systems to ensure the effectiveness of the rat control method, without physically harming the rats.