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.

Biology of Black Rat


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Traps should be placed flush with walls in areas of highest travel (as determined by Inspection). Mating generally peaks in the warmer months of the year, but may occur year round in some areas. There are holes all over - missing roof vent screens, plumbing stacks, gaps between the roof and fascia board, gaps in the siding, areas where pipes go into the house, etc. Timing a sealup for rats is impossible, because they leave for short periods, and they don't all leave at the same time of night. Rats are easier to exclude than mice because rats a typically larger. In food-storage facilities, the most prominent sign may be smudge marks, the result of oil and dirt rubbing off of their fur as they travel along their aerial routes. Roof rats are likely to found in coastal, near-coastal areas and port cities. 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. Newer rodenticides are much more efficacious and have resulted in the phasing out of these older materials over the last 20 years. Unfortunately, the rat’s great adaptability to varying environmental conditions can sometimes make this information elusive. Snails are a favorite food, but don’t expect roof rats to eliminate a garden snail problem.

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The great adaptability of rats to human-created environments and the high fertility rate of rats make for quick recuperation of their populations. Floor drains and sewer pipes should have tight-fitting grates with openings less than 1/4 inch in diameter. They are particularly useful for house mouse control in situations where other methods seem less appropriate. For more info on general rat control, go to my main rat removal page, or my extensive instructional how to get rid of rats page. Because roof rats are fast and agile, they are not easy prey for mammalian or avian predators. In agricultural settings, weasels, foxes, coyotes, and other predators prey on roof rats, but their take is inconsequential as a population control factor. In food-processing and storage facilities, they will feed on nearly all food items, though their food preferences may differ from those of Norway rats. Where anticoagulant resistance is known or suspected, the use of first-generation anticoagulants should be avoided in favor of the second-generation anticoagulants or one of the non anticoagulant rodenticides like bromethalin or cholecalciferol. Invest in your home and property by taking care of the rat problem correctly. At present there are three rodenticides—zinc phosphide, cholecalciferol (vitamin D3), and bromethalin—registered and available for roof rat control. 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.

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All anticoagulants provide excellent roof rat control when prepared in acceptable baits. These rats are primarily active at night. In homes, the attic and garage rafters close to the infestation are the best trapping sites. They are often found living on the second floor of a warehouse in which Norway rats occupy the first or basement floor. The smallest imperfections during the construction and roofing of a home can lead to a rat infestation. 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. Rub marks - rats get coated with dirt and they like to rub against the walls to find their way around a room’s perimeter, since they can't see so well. Rub marks - rats get coated with dirt and they like to rub against the walls to find their way around a room’s perimeter, since they can't see so well.