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.
Norway rats are also omnivores and will eat just about anything that is found near where humans discard food.
Tunnel boxes or bait boxes specially designed to expose a layer of toxic powder will reduce potential contamination problems and may actually increase effectiveness.
Use enough traps to eliminate the rodents quickly.
Roof rats prefer to nest in locations off of the ground and rarely dig burrows for living quarters if off-the-ground sites exist.
At present there are three rodenticides—zinc phosphide, cholecalciferol (vitamin D3), and bromethalin—registered and available for roof rat control.
Sightings & Sounds - Since rodents are nocturnal and live secretively under normal circumstances, you can be sure that regular daytime rodent sightings indicate a heavy infestation.
Rodent-proofing against roof rats usually requires more time to find entry points than for Norway rats because of their greater climbing ability.
The more dominant individuals occupy the better habitats and feed whenever they like, whereas the less fortunate individuals may have to occupy marginal habitat and feed when the more dominant rats are not present.
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.
Their design makes them more rat-specific when used out-of-doors than ordinary snap traps that sometimes take birds.
Roof rats are more aerial than Norway rats in their habitat selection and often live in trees or on vine-covered fences.
You can't ignore wildlife problems, because of the damage and health risks that rats cause.
Tracking powders are used much less often for roof rats than for Norway rats because roof rats frequent overhead areas within buildings.
Because of the diseases they can carry, you should also check up on the equipment that you will need to safely trap the rats without any risk to your health.
Roof rats can also enter openings in walls, eaves and roof from the branches of trees.
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.
Also, roof rats are likely to consume insects.
Rat treatment involves both non-chemical and chemical methods.
Bubonic Plague - the famous disease that nearly wiped out humanity during the Middle Ages was eventually traced back to parasites like fleas carried by rats.
These techniques include improving sanitation for the affected location, eliminating hiding places, exclusion and may also include lethal methods such as traps and rodenticides.
They may be frightened by sound-producing devices for awhile but they become accustomed to constant and frequently repeated sounds quickly.
Successful long-term rat control is not simple.
They are nocturnal by nature and are accomplished climbers.
Various sounds that indicate rodent activity include gnawing, scratching, and digging noises.
There are holes all over - missing roof vent screens, plumbing stacks, gaps between the roof and fascia board, gaps in the siding, areas where pipes go into the house, etc.
This type of rat control service does not ever solve the problem.
Sometimes rats get into the kitchen area and feed on stored foods.
Parks with natural and artificial ponds, or reservoirs may also be infested.
Just like Norway rats, roof rats destroy far more foodstuffs by contamination from feces and urine than from consumption.
Mating generally peaks in the warmer months of the year, but may occur year round in some areas.