Macomb County, Michigan Rat Control Services
Rodent entry elimination: We see many attempts by handymen, pest control companies, and Macomb 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 Macomb 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.
Rats have acute hearing and can readily detect noises.
When practical, remove extraneous vegetation adjacent to the crop that may provide shelter for rats.
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.
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.
Droppings Rats produce a lot of feces and the presence of their fecal droppings is a surefire way to spot an infestation.
In dense populations, roof rats will establish a social hierarchy, wherein dominant males mate more than subordinate males.
Typically, 3 or more litters are produced annually.
They may also enter through ill-fitted doors, windows, or screens, and air vents that are not in sound or working order.
Between 9 and 14 days, their eyes open, and they begin to explore for food and move about near their nest.
Traps should be placed flush with walls in areas of highest travel (as determined by Inspection).
Other rat signs may also assist, but be aware that both species may be present.
Read this article about how are rats getting in for more info.
Droppings - you might find these in places like cupboards, cabinets and other areas around the home where rats like to hide
Lights (flashing or continuously on) may repel rats at first, but rats will quickly acclimate to them.
The great adaptability of rats to human-created environments and the high fertility rate of rats make for quick recuperation of their populations.
Glue boards will catch roof rats, but, like traps, they must be located on beams, rafters, and along other travel routes, making them more difficult to place effectively for roof rats than for Norway rats or house mice.
When droppings are seen, it is a good practice to remove those droppings and later inspect to see whether new droppings were deposited.
These rodents have been known to consume tree bark, meat and grain.
Roof rats are highly adaptable.
Rickettsial Diseases - various forms of Typhus fall into this category and can also be carried by rat-borne parasites.
I highly recommend snap traps, not live cage traps, certainly not glue boards, and most definitely not poison! Never poison rats, it doesn't solve the problem and it just creates more problems.
Sightings & Sounds - Since rodents are nocturnal and live secretively under normal circumstances, you can be sure that regular daytime rodent sightings indicate a heavy infestation.
How to Control Rat Situations and Infestations.
How To Get Rid Of Rats In The Attic - Rats are one of the most problematic pest animals to deal with for those who have attic spaces, as they can squeeze through holes that are around the size of a quarter, while they are also prodigious breeders.
Gnaw Marks Rat need to chew and gnaw on wood, plastic and other hard surfaces in order to keep their teeth chiseled down.
Roof rats have a strong tendency to avoid new objects in their environment and this neophobia can influence control efforts, for it may take several days before they will approach a bait station or trap.
Anticoagulant paraffin-type bait blocks provide an alternative to bait stations containing pelleted or loose cereal bait.
Snails are a favorite food, but don’t expect roof rats to eliminate a garden snail problem.
If you've sealed the house correctly, then you shouldn't trap any new rats after just the first three days.
Rats (especially Roof rats) are wary of new objects, new foods or changed in environment.