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.
They prefer gnawing on wood but may also damage property, electrical wiring, and food packaging.
Roof Rats are commonly called black rats and are smaller than Norway rats.
In agricultural settings, weasels, foxes, coyotes, and other predators prey on roof rats, but their take is inconsequential as a population control factor.
Roof rats are not protected by law and can be controlled any time with mechanical or chemical methods.
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.
If you've sealed the house correctly, then you shouldn't trap any new rats after just the first three days.
Grease marks (from the oil and dirt of rats) often appear along walls next to runways.
They usually don't leave the attic for very long.
Rat Bite Fever - from the saliva of a rat, it comes from rats biting humans.
For rats, all openings greater than 1/2" should be sealed.
Rats are easier to exclude than mice because rats a typically larger.
They often eat all the pulp from oranges while the fruit is still hanging on the tree, leaving only the empty rind.
They have coarse, brown fur, with lighter fur on the undersides.
In some situations, pet food and poorly managed garbage may represent a major food resource.
Out-of-doors, roof rats may be present in low to moderate numbers with little sign in the way of tracks or droppings or runs and burrows.
This is why traps and bait stations may be avoided for a day or two.
Bait blocks are easy to place in small areas and difficult-to-reach locations out of the way of children, pets, and nontarget species.
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.
Exclusion and sealing of sites greater than ½ inch (about the size of a dime) using screens, flashing, door sweeps and other materials to keep rats from entering a structure.
You will never solve a rat problem until you find all of these openings, and seal them shut with steel, which rats are unable to chew through.
Some type of clean food can be used to entice the rats to the boxes, or the tracking powders can be used in conjunction with an anticoagulant bait, with both placed in the same station.
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.
Within a year, one female may be responsible for up to 40 new rodents.
Trap at left is modified by fastening a piece of cardboard to expand its trigger size (traps with expanded treadles can also be purchased from several manufacturers).
The 5 to 8 young in the litter develop rapidly, growing hair within a week.
Avoid using poison and glue traps, as these are inhumane and cause more problems than they solve.
Elsewhere, reports indicate that roof rats are slowly disappearing from localized areas for no apparent reason.
Another important treatment component is customer education so the customer understands the concepts of the proposed control program.
Rickettsial Diseases - various forms of Typhus fall into this category and can also be carried by rat-borne parasites.
Their keen sense of hearing also aids in their ability to detect and escape danger.