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.
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.
Roof rats are found in more temperate climates, since they do not do well in cooler temperatures.
From causing plague epidemics (the "Black Death" of Europe) to rat-bite fever, whether feeding on stored grain or gnawing electric wires, rats are enemies of humankind.
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.
The first and most crucial thing is to inspect the house and find all possible entry holes, and before starting any trapping, carry out repairs and seal the attic so the rats can't get in again.
Anticoagulants (slow-acting, chronic toxicants).
Urine Stains & Odors - Rodent urine deposited on rodent runways appear as a line of fine drops or streaks under an ultraviolet flashlight, or black light tool.
As mentioned above, roof rats prefer above ground nesting locations in shrubs, trees, and dense vegetation.
Parks with natural and artificial ponds, or reservoirs may also be infested.
At present there are three rodenticides—zinc phosphide, cholecalciferol (vitamin D3), and bromethalin—registered and available for roof rat control.
These tactics have been ruled fraudulent by the FTC, and they DO NOT WORK.
Removing clutter and any debris that creates hiding places rats can use as harborage sites.
You don't want to over-pay of course.
Roof rats are highly adaptable.
Roof rats can be controlled with the same baits used for Norway rats.
Shooting is rarely effective by itself and should be done in conjunction with trapping or baiting programs.
Females can breed year-round.
The food habits of roof rats outdoors in some respects resemble those of tree squirrels, since they prefer a wide variety of fruit and nuts.
Once you know the location of the rats, you can set traps or place bait.
The long, sensitive whiskers (vibrissae) near their nose and the guard hairs on their body are used as tactile sensors.
Body is smaller and sleeker than the Norway rat’s.
When rodent-proofing against roof rats, pay close attention to the roof and roof line areas to assure all accesses are closed.
All anticoagulants provide excellent roof rat control when prepared in acceptable baits.
These diseases often share similar symptoms, and medical professionals must perform the proper diagnoses.
The underside of the roof rat’s body is grayish to white.
While they may not kill the stalk outright, secondary organisms generally invade and reduce the sugar quality.
Norway rats and the roof rats are very different in their habits, habitats and behavior, so the first requirement of a rat treatment program is to correctly identify the rat and develop a treatment plan that works for that species.
And most of all, you want someone who will do this complex work correctly.
A mouse's tracks will be much shorter.
Most commercial baits are registered for both species of rats and for house mice, but often they are less acceptable to roof rats than to the other species.