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.
The great adaptability of rats to human-created environments and the high fertility rate of rats make for quick recuperation of their populations.
They are nocturnal by nature and are accomplished climbers.
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.
Specifications may vary depending on bait manufacturer even though the active ingredient may be the same.
Various sounds that indicate rodent activity include gnawing, scratching, and digging noises.
Young rats generally cannot be trapped until about 1 month old.
In a human environment, the rodents will consume almost any food to which they have access.
At birth they are hairless, and their eyes are closed.
Without this knowledge, both time and money are wasted, and the chances of failure are increased.
All anticoagulants provide excellent roof rat control when prepared in acceptable baits.
A preferred categorization would be “anticoagulants” and “non-anticoagulants” or “other rodenticides.
In most instances, rats are very wary.
Please also read the section on Sanitation, as it is an important consideration in rodent control.
Caution should be taken to avoid trapping nontarget species such as tree squirrels.
They may try to sell you poison stations for exterior rat control, however the rats only find their way back into your attic or walls to die.
Overhead trap sets are particularly useful for roof rats.
In food-processing and storage facilities, they will feed on nearly all food items, though their food preferences may differ from those of Norway rats.
See Rat Trapping Tips and Rat Baiting Tips.
Okay, the first and most important thing you have to do is find out how rats are getting into the building.
For further information see Norway Rats.
For more info on general rat control, go to my main rat removal page, or my extensive instructional how to get rid of rats page.
The smallest imperfections during the construction and roofing of a home can lead to a rat infestation.
Roof rats are highly adaptable.
If you do it wrong the first time, you'll just end up paying more later.
Also, be careful when setting snap traps.
Tracks - Outdoors, the runways of Roof rats appear smooth, well packed, and free of vegetations.
Sometimes they transmit disease indirectly, for example, when fleas first bite an infected rat, then a person.
By this time they have learned what is good to eat by experimenting with potential food items and by imitating their mother.
In rare instances, isolated populations are found in areas not within their normal distribution range in the United States.
Many rats may cache or hoard considerable amounts of solid food, which they eat later.