Livingston County, Michigan Roof Rat Removal

Livingston County, Michigan Rat Control Services

rat like rodents

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.

Information on Pack Rats and Roof Rats


rat prevention in homes

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  • Clean Up and Damage Repair

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The long, sensitive whiskers (vibrissae) near their nose and the guard hairs on their body are used as tactile sensors. When necessary, roof rats will travel considerable distances (100 to 300 feet [30 to 90 m]) for food. Statisticians estimate that rats destroy 20 percent of the world's food supply every year by feeding, and indirectly through contamination. In landscaped yards they often live in overgrown shrubbery or vines, feeding on ornamentals, vegetables, fruits, and nuts. Traditional baiting or trapping on the ground or floor may intercept very few roof rats unless bait and/or traps are placed at the very points that rats traverse from above to a food resource. The Norway rat produces six to eight litters of six to nine young per year. They use their tails for balance while traveling along overhead utility lines. Roof rats leave a hind foot track of about 3/4-1 inch. Rodent-proofing against roof rats usually requires more time to find entry points than for Norway rats because of their greater climbing ability. If you have heard noises in your walls or attic, chances are you have rats. The first and most crucial thing is to inspect the house and find all possible entry holes, and before starting any trapping, carry out repairs and seal the attic so the rats can't get in again.

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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. 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. 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. This means there are no more rats to feed on it because they are dead. 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. Rats have acute hearing and can readily detect noises. 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. Selection of rodenticides and bait products must be done according to label instructions. Roof rats have hairless, scaly tails that are longer than their heads and bodies. Monitor the situation. Floor drains and sewer pipes should have tight-fitting grates with openings less than 1/4 inch in diameter.

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nest like

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Parks with natural and artificial ponds, or reservoirs may also be infested. They may not be effective on roof rats, however, because of their usual placement. The key is to control rat populations, not individual rats. For more detailed information, see Rodent-proof Construction and Exclusion Methods. Roof rats prefer to nest in locations off of the ground and rarely dig burrows for living quarters if off-the-ground sites exist. Roof rats range along the lower half of the East Coast and throughout the Gulf States upward into Arkansas. It actually makes it worse, because the rats are multiplying, dying, defecating, destroying insulation, chewing wires and chewing air ducts, while you wait for your next service. You can often find smudges as an indication of rats, but they can often stay on walls for a long time, so it might be from an old infestation.