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.
Use proper garbage and refuse disposal containers and implement exterior sanitation programs.
However, a few differences must be taken into account.
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This means there are no more rats to feed on it because they are dead.
Historically, infected fleas have transmitted serious plagues from rats to humans.
Norway rats are also polygamous and form colonies of many males and females.
Roof rats can be controlled with the same baits used for Norway rats.
Presently, only one such modified trap is commercially available.
Most pest control companies set rat traps, perhaps squirt some flammable expansion foam at very obvious holes, and then put you on a monthly service to remove the rats that are still getting in to your home.
Most commercial baits are registered for both species of rats and for house mice, but often they are less acceptable to roof rats than to the other species.
Some of the first-generation anticoagulants (pindone and warfarin) are available as soluble rodenticides from which water baits can be prepared.
The number of litters depends on the area and varies with nearness to the limit of their climatic range, availability of nutritious food, density of the local rat population, and the age of the rat.
The only way to solve a rat or mouse problem is to find every last point of entry into the house, and seal it shut.
The young are able to breed before they are four months old.
Rats tend to segregate themselves socially in both space and time.
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.
Listen for rat evidence, like their scurrying and running noises in the attic, and scratching in the walls.
Inspection is an important first step in getting rid of rats.
For rats, all openings greater than 1/2" should be sealed.
Since roof rats rarely dig burrows, burrow fumigants are of limited use; however, if they have constructed burrows, then fumigants that are effective on Norway rats, such as aluminum phosphide and gas cartridges, will be effective on roof rats.
Roof Rats can enter homes and other structures through openings as small as ½ inch.
Rats are nocturnal and are not commonly seen.
These diseases often share similar symptoms, and medical professionals must perform the proper diagnoses.
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.
The advantages of trapping when compared to baiting include: 1) Trapping does not require the use of harmful poisons; 2) Trapping allows the user to know whether the rat was killed, whereas with baiting the rat will wander off and die somewhere else; 3) Trapping eliminates odor problems by allowing you to dispose of the rat carcass.
Trim all tree branches to further prevent entry.
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.
They often eat all the pulp from oranges while the fruit is still hanging on the tree, leaving only the empty rind.
Most information on this subject comes from populations confined in cages or outdoor pens.
They approach new food or object with caution.