Livingston County, Michigan Rat Control Services
Rodent entry elimination: We see many attempts by handymen, pest control companies, and Livingston 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.
Rodent elimination by those who are not insured exposes you, the Livingston 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.
In some situations, pet food and poorly managed garbage may represent a major food resource.
Since roof rats rarely dig burrows, burrow fumigants are of limited use; however, if they have constructed burrows, then fumigants that are effective on Norway rats, such as aluminum phosphide and gas cartridges, will be effective on roof rats.
Resistance is of little consequence in the control of roof rats, especially with the newer rodenticides presently available.
For professional rat control services from the rat control officers at rat removal experts, please contact your local rat removal experts office by calling.
Rats usually begin searching for food shortly after sunset.
Burrows Or Nests Holes in the ground around foundations, plus nests in attics or trees are evidence of a rat problem.
You will know the bait is working when the bait is no longer being consumed.
If you're not experienced in setting them, you may have some problems, so be careful.
No chemical repellents are specifically registered for rat control.
A few instances of first-generation anticoagulant resistance have been reported in roof rats; although not common, it may be underestimated because so few resistance studies have been conducted on this species.
For more detailed information, see Rodent-proof Construction and Exclusion Methods.
Rickettsial Diseases - various forms of Typhus fall into this category and can also be carried by rat-borne parasites.
They are often found living on the second floor of a warehouse in which Norway rats occupy the first or basement floor.
Roof rats leave a hind foot track of about 3/4-1 inch.
There are still outbreaks of plague in the United States and around the world today.
The long, sensitive whiskers (vibrissae) near their nose and the guard hairs on their body are used as tactile sensors.
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.
As mentioned above, roof rats prefer above ground nesting locations in shrubs, trees, and dense vegetation.
Pocket gopher box-type traps (such as the DK-2 Gopher Getter) can be modified to catch rats by reversing the action of the trigger.
Roof rat droppings are 12 to 13 mm with pointed ends, whereas Norway rat droppings are 18 to 20 mm and capsule shaped.
Some of the first-generation anticoagulants (pindone and warfarin) are available as soluble rodenticides from which water baits can be prepared.
Interior and exterior sanitation to minimize available food and water that supports a rat population.
Its worldwide geographic distribution suggests that it is much more suited to tropical and semitropical climates.
Should Norway rats infest a structure, they most likely will live in the basement or ground floor.
Proper ladder safety is a must, as is roof safety.
Droppings Rats produce a lot of feces and the presence of their fecal droppings is a surefire way to spot an infestation.
Leptospirosis - a disease transmitted from contact with rat urine that is serious enough to cause humans to bleed in the lungs.
Selection of rodenticides and bait products must be done according to label instructions.
Unfortunately, the rat’s great adaptability to varying environmental conditions can sometimes make this information elusive.