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.
Roof rat droppings are 12 to 13 mm with pointed ends, whereas Norway rat droppings are 18 to 20 mm and capsule shaped.
Indoors, runways appear as clean paths through dust or dirt.
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.
Rats are responsible for the spread of many diseases.
Roof rats also have an excellent sense of balance.
They may try to sell you poison stations for exterior rat control, however the rats only find their way back into your attic or walls to die.
They also often chew on inedible materials such as books, soap, and cans.
This is why traps and bait stations may be avoided for a day or two.
Rats (especially Roof rats) are wary of new objects, new foods or changed in environment.
Roof rats are not protected by law and can be controlled any time with mechanical or chemical methods.
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Rat densities (numbers of rats in a given area) are determined primarily by the suitability of the habitat—the amount of available nutritional and palatable food and nearby protective cover (shelter or harborage).
The food habits of roof rats outdoors in some respects resemble those of tree squirrels, since they prefer a wide variety of fruit and nuts.
They often eat all the pulp from oranges while the fruit is still hanging on the tree, leaving only the empty rind.
Female adults will produce about seven litters per year and will mate again about 18 hours after giving birth to her litter of about eight pups.
Other indicators can include grease marks along surfaces as well as nests.
Roof rats can also enter openings in walls, eaves and roof from the branches of trees.
In controlling roof rats with rodenticides, a sharp distinction must be made between control in and around buildings and control away from buildings such as in landfills and dumps, along drainage ditches and streams, in sewer water evaporation ponds, and in parks.
These rats are primarily active at night.
Roof rats are polygamous and group themselves into colonies of multiple males and females.
Sometimes they transmit the disease directly by contaminating food with their urine or feces.
Becomes sexually mature between two and five months, producing four to six litters per year that consist of six to eight young each.
If you do it wrong the first time, you'll just end up paying more later.
They are very strong, and can injure your fingers.
However, they may sometimes also build nests in burrows.
They prefer to live in high places, but may live in a variety of environments.
Use enough traps to eliminate the rodents quickly.
They may live in trees, such as palm, or in attics, and climb down to a food source.
Where legal and not hazardous, shooting of roof rats is effective at dusk as they travel along utility lines.
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.