Macomb County, Michigan Rat Control Services
Rodent entry elimination: We see many attempts by handymen, pest control companies, and Macomb 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 Macomb 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.
Rats are nocturnal and are not commonly seen.
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The first step in controlling a roof rat infestation is to properly identify the rodents.
Rat droppings are three times as large as mouse droppings.
Only after you've sealed the openings shut, you should start trapping and removal.
In most of our urban areas, Norway rats may be seen scurrying around after dark looking for food in garbage cans and other places where human refuse is found.
Norway rats are also omnivores and will eat just about anything that is found near where humans discard food.
Selection of rodenticides and bait products must be done according to label instructions.
The whiskers and guard hairs enable the animals to travel adjacent to walls in the dark and in burrows.
Rats contaminating food or food preparation surfaces can transmit food poisoning.
Your inspection process must include ladder work and climbing on a roof.
Like Norway rats, they are omnivorous and, if necessary, will feed on almost anything.
When necessary, roof rats will travel considerable distances (100 to 300 feet [30 to 90 m]) for food.
These devices must be viewed with considerable skepticism, because research has not proven them effective.
Droppings - Roof Rat droppings are 1/4 to 1/2 inch in length, capsule shaped, with blunt ends.
Listen for rat evidence, like their scurrying and running noises in the attic, and scratching in the walls.
If rats are seen during the day that usually means a very large rodent population is nearby.
Sounds Noises produced by scurrying rats, scratching in the walls or other noises from nest building may tip off the property owner to a rat problem.
Rats have acute hearing and can readily detect noises.
The efficacy of such products for rats is generally lacking.
Having completed the repairs to wires, and possibly vacuumed feces or replaced insulation (not usually necessary) fumigate the attic to kill any remaining parasites or spores from the rats.
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.
A control operation, therefore, must reduce numbers to a very low level; otherwise, rats will not only reproduce rapidly, but often quickly exceed their former density for a short period of time.
Rub Marks As rats move from one location to another, they stay close to vertical surfaces in their environment that they use to assist in their nightly navigation.
In landscaped yards they often live in overgrown shrubbery or vines, feeding on ornamentals, vegetables, fruits, and nuts.
Disturbances such as habitat modifications should be avoided until the population is under control.
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Females can breed year-round.
Some roof rat populations are skittish and will modify their travel routes and feeding locations if severely and frequently disturbed.
The ears and tail are nearly hairless and they are typically 12 to 18 inches long including the tail and weigh 10 to 16 ounces.