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.
Since none of these are anticoagulants, all can be used to control anticoagulant resistant populations of roof rats.
Pocket gopher box-type traps (such as the DK-2 Gopher Getter) can be modified to catch rats by reversing the action of the trigger.
Sounds in the attic are often the first indication of the presence of roof rats in a residence.
Burrows Or Nests Holes in the ground around foundations, plus nests in attics or trees are evidence of a rat problem.
The muzzle of the roof rat is pointed and the overall appearance of the roof rat is much more streamlined and sleek looking than a Norway rat.
When rodent-proofing against roof rats, pay close attention to the roof and roof line areas to assure all accesses are closed.
In some situations in which the rats have been eliminated, cats that are good hunters may prevent reinfestation.
When everyone is asleep and the house is quiet, the rats can be heard scurrying about.
Then they return to the attic.
For further information see Norway Rats.
Roof rats are found in more temperate climates, since they do not do well in cooler temperatures.
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.
In general, glue boards are more effective for house mice than for either of the rat species.
Rub Marks As rats move from one location to another, they stay close to vertical surfaces in their environment that they use to assist in their nightly navigation.
Please also read the section on Sanitation, as it is an important consideration in rodent control.
Roof rats are not protected by law and can be controlled any time with mechanical or chemical methods.
Newer rodenticides are much more efficacious and have resulted in the phasing out of these older materials over the last 20 years.
Inspection is an important first step in getting rid of rats.
Emphasis should be placed on the removal of as much harborage as is practical.
There is less tendency to see droppings, urine, or tracks on the floor in buildings because rats may live overhead between floors, above false ceilings, or in utility spaces, and venture down to feed or obtain food.
Roof rats will often move into sugarcane and citrus groves.
There are two basic methods of rat population reduction:
By this time they have learned what is good to eat by experimenting with potential food items and by imitating their mother.
Dense shrubbery, vine-covered trees and fences, and vine ground cover make ideal harborage for roof rats.
Our pest management professionals (PMPs) practice all techniques involved in Integrated Pest Management for rodents.
The elimination of food and water through good warehouse sanitation can do much to reduce rodent infestation.
Strip and destroy all unwanted fruit when the harvest period is over.
If you think that you might have rats on your property or inside your home then call for a Rat Exterminator rat control expert or contact us online to set up an appointment.
Droppings are another good indicator of roof rat activity.
Most information on this subject comes from populations confined in cages or outdoor pens.