Washtenaw County, Michigan Rat Control Services
Rodent entry elimination: We see many attempts by handymen, pest control companies, and Washtenaw 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 Washtenaw 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.
Taste perception of rats is good; once rats locate food, the taste will determine their food preferences.
They need not be baited.
The roof rat is more at home in warm climates, and apparently less adaptable, than the Norway rat, which is why it has not spread throughout the country.
Norway rats are a common mammalian pest of rice, but sometimes roof rats also feed on newly planted seed or the seedling as it emerges.
However, when a Norway rat population grows so large that competition from other rats for food, water and harborage increases, some members of the rat community may seek to find new areas to colonize during the daytime.
Roof rats are also food hoarders, stashing supplies of food such as seeds and nuts.
It is unlikely, however, they will be any more effective for roof rats than for Norway rats.
However, they may sometimes also build nests in burrows.
In some situations in which the rats have been eliminated, cats that are good hunters may prevent reinfestation.
Our pest management professionals (PMPs) practice all techniques involved in Integrated Pest Management for rodents.
They need not be baited.
Read more about what rats eat.
Where an entire warehouse may be fumigated for insect control with a material such as methyl bromide, all rats and mice that are present will be killed.
The efficacy of such products for rats is generally lacking.
Female adults will produce about seven litters per year and will mate again about 18 hours after giving birth to her litter of about eight pups.
Walk only on the wooden beams in the attic, never the sheet rock, or you could fall through the ceiling! Be careful, an attic is a hazardous place, where it can be easy to fall, or poke a roofing nail in your head.
In a human environment, the rodents will consume almost any food to which they have access.
Rats have been plaguing humans for centuries, famous for their continuously-growing sharp teeth, their desire for human food, their tendency to get into homes and buildings and create nests and their health problems - rats are the essence of a pest.
If you do it wrong the first time, you'll just end up paying more later.
Their presence is typically detected by the occurrence of their droppings, holes chewed into bags and containers, and chewed nesting materials.
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.
Scratching sounds - if you hear gnawing and the sounds of scampering in the walls or around the house you might have rats.
They can transmit these diseases through physical contact, bites, by contamination or by fleas that are feeding on the rodent.
Interior and exterior sanitation to minimize available food and water that supports a rat population.
If you have rats in your home, it's very important to do the job right the first time! I have seen dozens and dozens of cases of nightmare scenarios over many years, in which homeowners have paid pest control companies for a monthly contract that never ends.
Touch is an important sense in rats.
Trapping is an effective alternative to pesticides and recommended in some situations.
The fumigation of structures, truck trailers, or rail cars should only be done by a licensed pest control operator who is trained in fumigation techniques.
A few baits are strong enough to cause death with a single feeding.
The total cost will probably run between $300 - $500 to remove all the rats and seal the entry holes shut, and it may seem more up-front than a low monthly deal, but you've got to do it right, and then you won't have to worry about rats any more.