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.
Killing the rats may not be the best answer (it is not as simple as just exterminating them all) .
Nests and Burrows - check behind shelves, boxes, behind the fridge, anywhere that a rat might like to use as a hiding space.
Use proper garbage and refuse disposal containers and implement exterior sanitation programs.
Bubonic Plague - the famous disease that nearly wiped out humanity during the Middle Ages was eventually traced back to parasites like fleas carried by rats.
Disturbances such as habitat modifications should be avoided until the population is under control.
Their presence is typically detected by the occurrence of their droppings, holes chewed into bags and containers, and chewed nesting materials.
Read this article about how are rats getting in for more info.
No rat bait ingredient is universally highly acceptable, and regional differences are the rule rather than the exception.
Snap traps are actually the very best way to do it.
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.
They can transmit these diseases through physical contact, bites, by contamination or by fleas that are feeding on the rodent.
Observation Rats are not usually seen during the day unless disturbed from their protective harborage or because of intolerable competition from other rats.
The first step in controlling a roof rat infestation is to properly identify the rodents.
These rats are nocturnal and are excellent climbers.
Rat Bite Fever - from the saliva of a rat, it comes from rats biting humans.
For best results, try several baits to find out which one rats consume most.
Roof rats can also nest on the ground if necessary.
Rickettsial Diseases - various forms of Typhus fall into this category and can also be carried by rat-borne parasites.
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.
Hantavirus - a potentially lethal virus if humans come in contact with rat urine or feces.
That is very costly! Do the job ONCE by a wildlife operator, NOT A PEST CONTROL COMPANY, get it done, and you'll be rat-free forever.
The preferred habitat of Norway rats is just about anywhere people reside.
For further information see Norway Rats.
Roof rats have hairless, scaly tails that are longer than their heads and bodies.
All anticoagulants provide excellent roof rat control when prepared in acceptable baits.
It is recommended for use in homes because, unlike with poison baits, there is no risk of a rat dying in an inaccessible place and creating an odor problem.
For example, only zinc phosphide can be applied on the ground to control rats in sugarcane or macadamia orchards, and the second-generation anticoagulants, cholecalciferol and bromethalin, can be used only in and around buildings, not around crops or away from buildings even in non crop situations.
Selection of rodenticides and bait products must be done according to label instructions.
A few baits are strong enough to cause death with a single feeding.
Some of the first-generation anticoagulants (pindone and warfarin) are available as soluble rodenticides from which water baits can be prepared.