Macomb County, Michigan Rat Control Services
Rodent entry elimination: We see many attempts by handymen, pest control companies, and Macomb 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 Macomb 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, like mice, are omnivorous rodents.
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.
There are several other types of lethal traps, including the crocodile trap, which has teeth that close on the rat, and even gas chamber traps.
In some situations in which the rats have been eliminated, cats that are good hunters may prevent reinfestation.
Traditional baiting or trapping on the ground or floor may intercept very few roof rats unless bait and/or traps are placed at the very points that rats traverse from above to a food resource.
It is unlikely, however, they will be any more effective for roof rats than for Norway rats.
The great adaptability of rats to human-created environments and the high fertility rate of rats make for quick recuperation of their populations.
They may eat the bark of smaller citrus branches and girdle them.
Females can breed year-round.
Seal any openings larger than ¼ inch with caulk, wood, mesh, or other appropriate materials.
They also often chew on inedible materials such as books, soap, and cans.
Newer rodenticides are much more efficacious and have resulted in the phasing out of these older materials over the last 20 years.
Rat droppings are small, dark, cylindrically shaped, and are about one-half inch to three-fourths inch long with blunt ends.
It has often been said that Norway rats will displace roof rats whenever they come together, but the evidence is not altogether convincing.
All openings greater than 1/4" should be sealed to exclude mice.
In sugarcane, they move into the field as the cane matures and feed on the cane stalks.
Rats will also drag their tails, leaving a mark between their feet tracks.
Check the repairs you've done, to make sure no new areas have been chewed open.
They usually don't leave the attic for very long.
Rat densities (numbers of rats in a given area) are determined primarily by the suitability of the habitat—the amount of available nutritional and palatable food and nearby protective cover (shelter or harborage).
Historically, infected fleas have transmitted serious plagues from rats to humans.
Proper ladder safety is a must, as is roof safety.
However, a few differences must be taken into account.
Having completed the repairs to wires, and possibly vacuumed feces or replaced insulation (not usually necessary) fumigate the attic to kill any remaining parasites or spores from the rats.
Read this article about how are rats getting in for more info.
At birth they are hairless, and their eyes are closed.
Generally, Roof rats stay within 100 miles inland.
Just like Norway rats, roof rats destroy far more foodstuffs by contamination from feces and urine than from consumption.
Killing the rats may not be the best answer (it is not as simple as just exterminating them all) .