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.
The key is to control rat populations, not individual rats.
I'm not going to go into detail about harnesses and chicken ladders and such, but be careful! Then, when in the attic, wear a respirator - you don't want to breathe in fiberglass insulation, dust or mold, or the variety of diseases associated with rats.
Raisins, prunes, peanut butter, nutmeats, and gumdrops make good baits and are often better than meat or cat food baits.
Rats are easier to exclude than mice because rats a typically larger.
They are sometimes found living in rice fields or around poultry or other farm buildings as well as in industrial sites where food and shelter are available.
Roof rats are also food hoarders, stashing supplies of food such as seeds and nuts.
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.
The Norway rat is also called brown rat, house rat, sewer rat, and wharf rat.
METHOD OF CONTROL: First of all, mothballs or ammonia won't make them leave, nor will ultrasonic sound emitters or strobe lights.
When practical, remove extraneous vegetation adjacent to the crop that may provide shelter for rats.
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 dense populations, roof rats will establish a social hierarchy, wherein dominant males mate more than subordinate males.
For more info on general rat control, go to my main rat removal page, or my extensive instructional how to get rid of rats page.
They often eat all the pulp from oranges while the fruit is still hanging on the tree, leaving only the empty rind.
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.
For more detailed information, see Rodent-proof Construction and Exclusion Methods.
Norway rats can climb, but not as well as roof rats, and are strong swimmers.
The elimination of food and water through good warehouse sanitation can do much to reduce rodent infestation.
A mouse's tracks will be much shorter.
Because roof rats are fast and agile, they are not easy prey for mammalian or avian predators.
They move faster than Norway rats and are very agile climbers, which enables them to quickly escape predators.
Newer rodenticides are much more efficacious and have resulted in the phasing out of these older materials over the last 20 years.
Pelleted or loose cereal anticoagulant baits are used extensively in tamper-resistant bait boxes or stations for a permanent baiting program for Norway rats and house mice.
When everyone is asleep and the house is quiet, the rats can be heard scurrying about.
Bait blocks are easy to place in small areas and difficult-to-reach locations out of the way of children, pets, and nontarget species.
Excellent climber that can often be found in the upper parts of structures.
Use a powerful flashlight to spot rats and to determine travel routes for the best locations to set baits and traps.
Also, roof rats are likely to consume insects.
A mouse's tracks will be much shorter.
Always be sure that fresh bait is available continuously until rats stop feeding.