Livingston County, Michigan Rat Control Services
Rodent entry elimination: We see many attempts by handymen, pest control companies, and Livingston 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 Livingston 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.
Nests inside and under buildings, or in piles of rubbish or wood.
Tracking powders play an important role in structural rodent control.
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.
Rodent-proofing against roof rats usually requires more time to find entry points than for Norway rats because of their greater climbing ability.
Presently, only one such modified trap is commercially available.
Invest in your home and property by taking care of the rat problem correctly.
Grease marks are produced as the rodent travels along an edge, and the oils in their fur are deposited.
They also feed on a variety of vegetative parts of ornamental and native plant materials.
Listen for rat evidence, like their scurrying and running noises in the attic, and scratching in the walls.
As mentioned above, roof rats prefer above ground nesting locations in shrubs, trees, and dense vegetation.
There are still outbreaks of plague in the United States and around the world today.
Droppings - you might find these in places like cupboards, cabinets and other areas around the home where rats like to hide
In agricultural settings, weasels, foxes, coyotes, and other predators prey on roof rats, but their take is inconsequential as a population control factor.
Roof rats frequently enter buildings from the roof or from accesses near overhead utility lines, which they use to travel from area to area.
Norway rats are also polygamous and form colonies of many males and females.
Between 9 and 14 days, their eyes open, and they begin to explore for food and move about near their nest.
Wire-mesh, live traps (Tomahawk®, Havahart®) are available for trapping rats.
Mating may occur year round in locations where the environmental conditions are sufficient.
Our pest management professionals (PMPs) practice all techniques involved in Integrated Pest Management for rodents.
It is unlikely, however, they will be any more effective for roof rats than for Norway rats.
Roof rats are also food hoarders, stashing supplies of food such as seeds and nuts.
You will never solve a rat problem until you find all of these openings, and seal them shut with steel, which rats are unable to chew through.
Usually the peaks in breeding occur in the spring and fall.
Rats are nocturnal and are not commonly seen.
Rats have acute hearing and can readily detect noises.
There are several other types of lethal traps, including the crocodile trap, which has teeth that close on the rat, and even gas chamber traps.
Its worldwide geographic distribution suggests that it is much more suited to tropical and semitropical climates.
Rats have been plaguing humans for centuries, famous for their continuously-growing sharp teeth, their desire for human food, their tendency to get into homes and buildings and create nests and their health problems - rats are the essence of a pest.
These kill traps are often baited with whole nuts and are most useful in trapping rats in trees.
Seal any openings larger than ¼ inch with caulk, wood, mesh, or other appropriate materials.