Ingham County, Michigan Rat Removal

Ingham County, Michigan Rat Control Services

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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.

Are rats dangerous to cats, dogs, or other pets?


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  • Do rats dig holes? Do they burrow under houses? How deep?

  • Baiting Tips for Roof Rats

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

Then they return to the attic. They can often be seen at night running along overhead utility lines or fences. However, they may sometimes also build nests in burrows. In most of our urban areas, Norway rats may be seen scurrying around after dark looking for food in garbage cans and other places where human refuse is found. Landscaped residential or industrial areas provide good habitat, as does riparian vegetation of riverbanks and streams. Fur is smooth. In the third week they begin to take solid food. They are nocturnal by nature and are accomplished climbers. Some of the more important diseases associated with rats include Rat-Bite Fever and Leptospirosis. The nature of damage to outdoor vegetation can often provide clues as to whether it is caused by the roof or Norway rat. There are still outbreaks of plague in the United States and around the world today.

Rat Repellents


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  • Dealing With Roof Rat Problems

  • Types of Rats

  • Will a rat in the attic have a nest of babies?

Nests and Burrows - check behind shelves, boxes, behind the fridge, anywhere that a rat might like to use as a hiding space. Only construction grade materials are used. Anticoagulant paraffin-type bait blocks provide an alternative to bait stations containing pelleted or loose cereal bait. Roof rats frequently enter buildings from the roof or from accesses near overhead utility lines, which they use to travel from area to area. If the food is in an exposed area and too large to be eaten quickly, but not too large to be moved, they will usually carry it to a hiding place before eating it. 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. High-frequency sound-producing devices are advertised for frightening rats, but almost no research exists on their effects specifically on roof rats. See Rat Trapping Tips and Rat Baiting Tips. That is very costly! Do the job ONCE by a wildlife operator, NOT A PEST CONTROL COMPANY, get it done, and you'll be rat-free forever. In agricultural settings, weasels, foxes, coyotes, and other predators prey on roof rats, but their take is inconsequential as a population control factor. A control operation, therefore, must reduce numbers to a very low level; otherwise, rats will not only reproduce rapidly, but often quickly exceed their former density for a short period of time.

Information on Pack Rats and Roof Rats


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  • Do dogs keep rats away?

  • What can rats climb?

  • Are rats dangerous to cats, dogs, or other pets?

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. Roof Rats are predominate in coastal areas. Presently, only one such modified trap is commercially available. Roof rat droppings are 12 to 13 mm with pointed ends, whereas Norway rat droppings are 18 to 20 mm and capsule shaped. Some traps should be placed on the floor, but more should be placed above floor level (for example, on top of stacked commodities). 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 underside of the roof rat’s body is grayish to white. Tracking powders can be placed in voids behind walls, near points of entry, and in well-defined trails.