Washtenaw County, Michigan Rat Control Services
Rodent entry elimination: We see many attempts by handymen, pest control companies, and Washtenaw 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 Washtenaw 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 can also transmit rat bite fever through bacteria in their mouth.
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.
Traps should be placed flush with walls in areas of highest travel (as determined by Inspection).
You can't ignore wildlife problems, because of the damage and health risks that rats cause.
As their name suggests, roof rats may be found in elevated areas such as trees, rafters, attics and roofs.
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If you need to hire professional help, you can call us.
Traps may be nailed to beams or studs and secured to pipes with wires.
You might find holes in walls and wood.
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Roof rats are also food hoarders, stashing supplies of food such as seeds and nuts.
They are sometimes found living in rice fields or around poultry or other farm buildings as well as in industrial sites where food and shelter are available.
Bait blocks are easy to place in small areas and difficult-to-reach locations out of the way of children, pets, and nontarget species.
Like the Norway rat, the roof rat is implicated in the transmission of a number of diseases to humans, including murine typhus, leptospirosis, salmonellosis (food poisoning), rat-bite fever, and plague.
Cage trapping is often considered to be the most humane way of dealing with an animal problem, and certainly when it comes to larger animals it is fair to say that it can be effective.
Pesticides must be registered for rat control by federal and/or state authorities and used in accordance with label directions.
Black or brown, can be over 40 cm long, with a long tail, large ears and eyes, and a pointed nose.
Lights (flashing or continuously on) may repel rats at first, but rats will quickly acclimate to them.
Norway rats are a common mammalian pest of rice, but sometimes roof rats also feed on newly planted seed or the seedling as it emerges.
The young are able to breed before they are four months old.
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.
Adult females are able to reproduce at 3-5 months old, can produce up to five litters each year with about 5-8 young in each litter.
A few instances of first-generation anticoagulant resistance have been reported in roof rats; although not common, it may be underestimated because so few resistance studies have been conducted on this species.
In sugarcane, they move into the field as the cane matures and feed on the cane stalks.
They are particularly useful for house mouse control in situations where other methods seem less appropriate.
Statisticians estimate that rats destroy 20 percent of the world's food supply every year by feeding, and indirectly through contamination.
Also, Norway rats may prey upon fish, poultry, mice, birds, small reptiles and amphibians.
No rat bait ingredient is universally highly acceptable, and regional differences are the rule rather than the exception.
However, a few differences must be taken into account.
Rodent-proofing against roof rats usually requires more time to find entry points than for Norway rats because of their greater climbing ability.