Livingston County, Michigan Roof Rat Removal

Livingston County, Michigan Rat Control Services

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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.

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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.

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If the food is in an exposed area and too large to be eaten quickly, but not too large to be moved, they will usually carry it to a hiding place before eating it. Within a rat colony, they may be a few rats that are extra cautious and manage to avoid traps or eating rodent baits. Lethal control often combines the use of rodenticides with non-toxic control measures such as snap traps or glue boards. 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. When necessary, roof rats will travel considerable distances (100 to 300 feet [30 to 90 m]) for food. The nature of damage to outdoor vegetation can often provide clues as to whether it is caused by the roof or Norway rat. Look for fresh droppings. Avoid using poison and glue traps, as these are inhumane and cause more problems than they solve. Distinctions must be made as to which rodenticide (registered product) to use, the method of application or placement, and the amount of bait to apply. Just like Norway rats, roof rats destroy far more foodstuffs by contamination from feces and urine than from consumption. Sometimes they transmit disease indirectly, for example, when fleas first bite an infected rat, then a person.

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The long, sensitive whiskers (vibrissae) near their nose and the guard hairs on their body are used as tactile sensors. Their use for roof rats is limited to control within structures because roof rats rarely produce burrows. In tree crops, some cultural practices can be helpful. They move faster than Norway rats and are very agile climbers, which enables them to quickly escape predators. Rats rely more on their keen senses of smell, taste, touch, and hearing than on vision. Both roof rats and Norway rats have a well-developed sense of smell and are wary of new things that are introduced into their home range. Sometimes rats get into the kitchen area and feed on stored foods. Just like Norway rats, roof rats destroy far more foodstuffs by contamination from feces and urine than from consumption. They also feed on a variety of vegetative parts of ornamental and native plant materials. Therefore, the body oils on a rat’s fur gets deposited on corners and edges of walls and around holes and gaps they use to enter into a wall void. 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.

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Sometimes rats get into the kitchen area and feed on stored foods. Rats leave the attic during the night, to go out and forage for water and food. Trap at left is modified by fastening a piece of cardboard to expand its trigger size (traps with expanded treadles can also be purchased from several manufacturers). Roof Rats are commonly called black rats and are smaller than Norway rats. Knowledge is limited on interspecific competition between the different genera and species of rats. A new second-generation anticoagulant, difethialone, is presently being developed and EPA registration is anticipated in the near future. At about 3 months of age they are completely independent of the mother and are reproductively mature. Since none of these are anticoagulants, all can be used to control anticoagulant resistant populations of roof rats.