Ingham County, Michigan Rat Removal

Ingham County, Michigan Rat Control Services

rat prevention in homes

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

What is the best bait to trap a rat?


types of rats in michigan

  • Will a rat chew through the ceiling?

  • Baiting Tips for Roof Rats

  • Will a rat chew through the ceiling?

Rat treatment involves both non-chemical and chemical methods. Breeding seasons vary in different areas. Once you are confident that you have caught all of the rats that are in the attic, then it will be time to check for any insulation or wires in the attic that need to be replaced, and for any nesting material to remove, and feces to clean up. When practical, remove extraneous vegetation adjacent to the crop that may provide shelter for rats. When rodent-proofing against roof rats, pay close attention to the roof and roof line areas to assure all accesses are closed. It is recommended for use in homes because, unlike with poison baits, there is no risk of a rat dying in an inaccessible place and creating an odor problem. The ears and tail are nearly hairless and they are typically 12 to 18 inches long including the tail and weigh 10 to 16 ounces. In some agricultural areas, roof rats cause significant losses of tree crops such as citrus and avocados and, to a lesser extent, walnuts, almonds, and other nuts. Newer rodenticides are much more efficacious and have resulted in the phasing out of these older materials over the last 20 years. 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. Bait blocks are easy to place in small areas and difficult-to-reach locations out of the way of children, pets, and nontarget species.

Will a rat chew through the ceiling?


rodent life cycle

  • Do rats have bones? How can they fit in such small holes?

  • What are the types of rat snap traps?

  • Rodent Proofing For Fall

Pesticides must be registered for rat control by federal and/or state authorities and used in accordance with label directions. Sometimes rats get into the kitchen area and feed on stored foods. Roof rats are prodigious breeders. Pelleted or loose cereal anticoagulant baits are used extensively in tamper-resistant bait boxes or stations for a permanent baiting program for Norway rats and house mice. Roof rats usually require water daily, though their local diet may provide an adequate amount if it is high in water content. However, a few differences must be taken into account. Just like Norway rats, roof rats destroy far more foodstuffs by contamination from feces and urine than from consumption. 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. Bait blocks are easy to place in small areas and difficult-to-reach locations out of the way of children, pets, and nontarget species. Droppings are another good indicator of roof rat activity. Without this knowledge, both time and money are wasted, and the chances of failure are increased.

Clean Up and Damage Repair


rat sound

  • Check Your Attic!

  • What animals do rats kill?

  • Rodent Proofing For Fall

Observation Rats are not usually seen during the day unless disturbed from their protective harborage or because of intolerable competition from other rats. PLEASE read my how to trap a rat guide for good tips and methods on proper rat trapping. In tree crops, some cultural practices can be helpful. Sounds Noises produced by scurrying rats, scratching in the walls or other noises from nest building may tip off the property owner to a rat problem. Rodents sniff out the bait and return to feed upon it continuously until the poison kills them. Tracking powders are used much less often for roof rats than for Norway rats because roof rats frequent overhead areas within buildings. Roof rats are prodigious breeders. Some of the first-generation anticoagulants (pindone and warfarin) are available as soluble rodenticides from which water baits can be prepared.