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.
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.
Most information on this subject comes from populations confined in cages or outdoor pens.
Within a population, some rats will be easy to control, some difficult.
They may be frightened by sound-producing devices for awhile but they become accustomed to constant and frequently repeated sounds quickly.
While you are preventing future rat population growth through inspection, sanitation, and exclusion, you will also want to begin working towards elimination of the population that is already present through trapping and baiting.
They may live in trees, such as palm, or in attics, and climb down to a food source.
Rub marks - rats get coated with dirt and they like to rub against the walls to find their way around a room’s perimeter, since they can't see so well.
All openings greater than 1/4" should be sealed to exclude mice.
ALWAYS USE RESPIRATORY PROTECTION WHEN REMOVING RODENT DROPPINGS.
The first step in controlling a roof rat infestation is to properly identify the rodents.
The elimination of food and water through good warehouse sanitation can do much to reduce rodent infestation.
Use enough traps to eliminate the rodents quickly.
Roof Rats can enter homes and other structures through openings as small as ½ inch.
They prefer to consume fruits (sometimes referred to as the “fruit rat” or “citrus rat”) and nuts, although roof rats are omnivorous and will feed on almost anything available to them.
Eliminate vines growing on buildings and, when feasible, overhanging tree limbs that may be used as travel routes.
Rat treatment involves both non-chemical and chemical methods.
Some of the more important diseases associated with rats include Rat-Bite Fever and Leptospirosis.
If you're not experienced in setting them, you may have some problems, so be careful.
Attach rat guards to overhead utility wires and maintain them regularly.
Also, roof rats are likely to consume insects.
The commercially available, expanded plastic treadle traps, such as the Victor Professional Rat Trap, are particularly effective if properly located in well-traveled paths.
Rats are nocturnal and are not commonly seen.
Becomes sexually mature between two and five months, producing four to six litters per year that consist of six to eight young each.
There is less tendency to see droppings, urine, or tracks on the floor in buildings because rats may live overhead between floors, above false ceilings, or in utility spaces, and venture down to feed or obtain food.
Rats themselves - if you see one rat, there's a good chance there are a bunch more hiding in nests or burrows that you can't see.
Okay, the first and most important thing you have to do is find out how rats are getting into the building.
The most common rat in the area is the Norway rat.
All anticoagulants provide excellent roof rat control when prepared in acceptable baits.
They are usually a shiny black, but may vary according to diet.
In most instances, rats are very wary.