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.
You can often find smudges as an indication of rats, but they can often stay on walls for a long time, so it might be from an old infestation.
At about 3 months of age they are completely independent of the mother and are reproductively mature.
Use a powerful flashlight to spot rats and to determine travel routes for the best locations to set baits and traps.
Glue boards will catch roof rats, but, like traps, they must be located on beams, rafters, and along other travel routes, making them more difficult to place effectively for roof rats than for Norway rats or house mice.
Adult roof rats usually live about one year.
Snails are a favorite food, but don’t expect roof rats to eliminate a garden snail problem.
Rats will also drag their tails, leaving a mark between their feet tracks.
Only after you've sealed the openings shut, you should start trapping and removal.
The young may continue to nurse until 4 or 5 weeks old.
Once you're satisfied that there is no more evidence of rats, and you are not trapping any new rats, you should clean the attic or whatever area they were living in, to remove the contamination and biohazard, and also to eliminate the rat scent, which will attract new rats to try to chew their way into the house in the future.
Rats can also transmit rat bite fever through bacteria in their mouth.
They use their keen sense of smell to locate and select food items, identify territories and travel routes, and recognize other rats, especially those of the opposite sex.
As their name suggests, roof rats may be found in elevated areas such as trees, rafters, attics and roofs.
The most common rat in the area is the Norway rat.
Roof rats are found in more temperate climates, since they do not do well in cooler temperatures.
Without this knowledge, both time and money are wasted, and the chances of failure are increased.
Typically, 3 or more litters are produced annually.
Body is smaller and sleeker than the Norway rat’s.
Overhead trap sets are particularly useful for roof rats.
Roof rats are omnivores and will feed on many types of vegetation such as fruits, grains, seeds and grocery produce.
Roof rats prefer to nest in locations off of the ground and rarely dig burrows for living quarters if off-the-ground sites exist.
In landscaped yards they often live in overgrown shrubbery or vines, feeding on ornamentals, vegetables, fruits, and nuts.
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Tracking powders are used much less often for roof rats than for Norway rats because roof rats frequent overhead areas within buildings.
Norway rats can climb, but not as well as roof rats, and are strong swimmers.
Rat guards are not without problems, however, because they may fray the insulation and cause short circuits.
Roof rats can also enter openings in walls, eaves and roof from the branches of trees.
How to Control Rat Situations and Infestations.
Keeping vegetation thinned out or removed from the perimeter of buildings.
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