Oakland County, Michigan Rat Trapper

Oakland County, Michigan Rat Control Services

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Rodent entry elimination: We see many attempts by handymen, pest control companies, and Oakland 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 Oakland 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.

Rat Diseases


rat nesting habits

  • Baiting Tips for Roof Rats

  • Baiting Tips for Mice

  • How to Stop Roof Rat Damage

Norway rats are common around human residences and industrial and commercial areas. Roof rats prefer to nest in locations off of the ground and rarely dig burrows for living quarters if off-the-ground sites exist. Rats are easier to exclude than mice because rats a typically larger. They may live in the landscaping of one residence and feed at another. Check the traps periodically, remove any dead trapped rats, and reset the traps. Rats (especially Roof rats) are wary of new objects, new foods or changed in environment. They may eat the bark of smaller citrus branches and girdle them. The young are able to breed before they are four months old. These techniques include improving sanitation for the affected location, eliminating hiding places, exclusion and may also include lethal methods such as traps and rodenticides. 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. To prevent a colony from nesting in your home, make sure that all the windows and vents are screened.

Check Your Attic!


nest identification

  • Can rats hurt you?

  • Do rats bite sleeping babies?

  • Do rats make good pets?

Generally, a few more feedings are necessary to produce death with the first-generation anticoagulants (warfarin, pindone, diphacinone, and chlorophacinone) but this is less significant with the second-generation anticoagulants (bromadiolone and brodifacoum). 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. Some of their habitats include garbage dumps, sewers and fields. Rub Marks As rats move from one location to another, they stay close to vertical surfaces in their environment that they use to assist in their nightly navigation. Norway rats and the roof rats are very different in their habits, habitats and behavior, so the first requirement of a rat treatment program is to correctly identify the rat and develop a treatment plan that works for that species. Roof rats are adept climbers and not surprisingly are apt to build their nests in locations above ground. There is often a correlation between rat problems and the keeping of dogs, especially where dogs are fed outdoors. High-frequency sound-producing devices are advertised for frightening rats, but almost no research exists on their effects specifically on roof rats. Sometimes rats get into the kitchen area and feed on stored foods. Tunnel boxes or bait boxes specially designed to expose a layer of toxic powder will reduce potential contamination problems and may actually increase effectiveness. Then the rats should be trapped and removed.

Rat Proofing


tree rat nest

  • Can rats swim? Do they drown?

  • Baiting Tips for Roof Rats

  • Clean Up and Damage Repair

At present there are three rodenticides—zinc phosphide, cholecalciferol (vitamin D3), and bromethalin—registered and available for roof rat control. Without this knowledge, both time and money are wasted, and the chances of failure are increased. Statisticians estimate that rats destroy 20 percent of the world's food supply every year by feeding, and indirectly through contamination. Rats may carry viruses such as Hantavirus and salmonella, and although they can also be a carrier of bubonic plague, that disease is not indigenous in the USA. No rat bait ingredient is universally highly acceptable, and regional differences are the rule rather than the exception. The Norway rat is generally considered the most important rat in the United States. They are considered to be color-blind, responding only to the degree of lightness and darkness of color. Within a rat colony, they may be a few rats that are extra cautious and manage to avoid traps or eating rodent baits.