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.
Store pet food in sealed containers and do not leave it out at night.
In food-processing and storage facilities, they will feed on nearly all food items, though their food preferences may differ from those of Norway rats.
Tracks - Outdoors, the runways of Roof rats appear smooth, well packed, and free of vegetations.
Then the rats should be trapped and removed.
Droppings Rats produce a lot of feces and the presence of their fecal droppings is a surefire way to spot an infestation.
If living under a refrigerator or freezer, they may disable the unit by gnawing the electrical wires.
Parks with natural and artificial ponds, or reservoirs may also be infested.
Trichinosis may be contracted through eating undercooked meat of animals that have fed on rats.
Although roof rats have not yet been connected to HPS, everyone is advised to use caution when dealing with an infestation.
Their design makes them more rat-specific when used out-of-doors than ordinary snap traps that sometimes take birds.
Traps may be nailed to beams or studs and secured to pipes with wires.
Bubonic plague was a scourge in Europe several times throughout history.
They can often be seen at night running along overhead utility lines or fences.
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.
Females can breed year-round.
Also, be careful when setting snap traps.
Droppings - Roof Rat droppings are 1/4 to 1/2 inch in length, capsule shaped, with blunt ends.
However, when a Norway rat population grows so large that competition from other rats for food, water and harborage increases, some members of the rat community may seek to find new areas to colonize during the daytime.
For rats, all openings greater than 1/2" should be sealed.
This is a great supplementary treatment to trapping when you are dealing with larger rodent populations, or for outdoor populations.
And most of all, you want someone who will do this complex work correctly.
In food-storage facilities, the most prominent sign may be smudge marks, the result of oil and dirt rubbing off of their fur as they travel along their aerial routes.
Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome is transferred via inhalation of rodent urine, droppings or saliva.
A vegetation-free margin around the grove will slow rat invasions because rats are more susceptible to predation when crossing unfamiliar open areas.
Since roof rats rarely dig burrows, burrow fumigants are of limited use; however, if they have constructed burrows, then fumigants that are effective on Norway rats, such as aluminum phosphide and gas cartridges, will be effective on roof rats.
Pesticides must be registered for rat control by federal and/or state authorities and used in accordance with label directions.
Indoors, runways appear as clean paths through dust or dirt.
They are particularly useful for house mouse control in situations where other methods seem less appropriate.
Typically, 3 or more litters are produced annually.
Sometimes rats get into the kitchen area and feed on stored foods.