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.
Another important treatment component is customer education so the customer understands the concepts of the proposed control program.
If you're not experienced in setting them, you may have some problems, so be careful.
In food-processing and food-storage facilities, roof rats do about the same type of damage as Norway rats, and damage is visually hard to differentiate.
Many rats may cache or hoard considerable amounts of solid food, which they eat later.
There are holes all over - missing roof vent screens, plumbing stacks, gaps between the roof and fascia board, gaps in the siding, areas where pipes go into the house, etc.
Our pest management professionals (PMPs) practice all techniques involved in Integrated Pest Management for rodents.
Rat guards are not without problems, however, because they may fray the insulation and cause short circuits.
Roof rats have hairless, scaly tails that are longer than their heads and bodies.
Roof rats range along the lower half of the East Coast and throughout the Gulf States upward into Arkansas.
There are two basic methods of rat population reduction:
Nests and Burrows - check behind shelves, boxes, behind the fridge, anywhere that a rat might like to use as a hiding space.
Rat droppings are three times as large as mouse droppings.
They also exist all along the Pacific Coast and are found on the Hawaiian Islands (Fig.
In residences where rats may be living in the attic and feeding outdoors, the damage may be restricted to tearing up insulation for nesting or gnawing electrical wiring.
At birth they are hairless, and their eyes are closed.
The preferred habitat of Norway rats is just about anywhere people reside.
Trim all tree branches to further prevent entry.
A vegetation-free margin around the grove will slow rat invasions because rats are more susceptible to predation when crossing unfamiliar open areas.
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The traditional style snap traps are still among the best ways of dealing with a rat problem, and these are simple to set and bait, and you should look to place them in areas where the rats are active, so where you can see feces and smudges on the walls.
They are nocturnal by nature and are accomplished climbers.
ALWAYS USE RESPIRATORY PROTECTION WHEN REMOVING RODENT DROPPINGS.
Other rat signs may also assist, but be aware that both species may be present.
Read more about what rats eat.
Roof rats are polygamous and group themselves into colonies of multiple males and females.
Its worldwide geographic distribution suggests that it is much more suited to tropical and semitropical climates.
They may live in trees, such as palm, or in attics, and climb down to a food source.
Like the Norway rat, the roof rat is implicated in the transmission of a number of diseases to humans, including murine typhus, leptospirosis, salmonellosis (food poisoning), rat-bite fever, and plague.
In urban settings, cats and owls prey on roof rats but have little if any effect on well-established populations.
Control methods must reflect an understanding of the roof rat’s habitat requirements, reproductive capabilities, food habits, life history, behavior, senses, movements, and the dynamics of its population structure.