Get Rid Of Attic Rats in Michigan
Nuisance Rodent Trapping and Prevention
Rats, mice and other rodents can become a nuisance when they come in close proximity to humans. In addition to spreading disease to both humans and household pets, rodents can also cause property damage and contaminate food sources. Our team specializes in rodent control and removal to help you get rid of rodents in your home or business.
Our procedure “Rodent Proofing” is often misinterpreted by homeowners whose attics are infested with rodents. Pest control companies and specialty animal removal companies remove rodents from the attic. While it is rare for pest control companies to include the service of sealing the roof openings, it is more common for specialty companies to do so. To effectively eliminate rodent entry, roofing shingles, tile and/or metal roof covering must be removed.
Sometimes they transmit the disease directly by contaminating food with their urine or feces.
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.
Walk only on the wooden beams in the attic, never the sheet rock, or you could fall through the ceiling! Be careful, an attic is a hazardous place, where it can be easy to fall, or poke a roofing nail in your head.
The roof rat is more at home in warm climates, and apparently less adaptable, than the Norway rat, which is why it has not spread throughout the country.
Also, be careful when setting snap traps.
The social behavior of free-living roof rats is very difficult to study and, as a result, has received less attention than that of Norway rats.
It is unlikely, however, they will be any more effective for roof rats than for Norway rats.
While rats can live in the walls, the kitchen, under the house, etc. the most common place for rats to inhabit in a house is the attic.
Roof Rats are commonly called black rats and are smaller than Norway rats.
Their presence is typically detected by the occurrence of their droppings, holes chewed into bags and containers, and chewed nesting materials.
You can't ignore wildlife problems, because of the damage and health risks that rats cause.
They move faster than Norway rats and are very agile climbers, which enables them to quickly escape predators.
Where an entire warehouse may be fumigated for insect control with a material such as methyl bromide, all rats and mice that are present will be killed.
Some of their habitats include garbage dumps, sewers and fields.
Then they return to the attic.
In general, glue boards are more effective for house mice than for either of the rat species.
Most of the states in the US interior are free of roof rats, but isolated infestations, probably stemming from infested cargo shipments, can occur.
In rare instances, isolated populations are found in areas not within their normal distribution range in the United States.
Norway rats are usually active at dusk or during the night and are inactive during daylight hours.
In agricultural settings, weasels, foxes, coyotes, and other predators prey on roof rats, but their take is inconsequential as a population control factor.
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.
Norway rats can climb, but not as well as roof rats, and are strong swimmers.
In urban settings, cats and owls prey on roof rats but have little if any effect on well-established populations.
Touch is an important sense in rats.
Where legal and not hazardous, shooting of roof rats is effective at dusk as they travel along utility lines.
For best results, try several baits to find out which one rats consume most.
Read more about where rats live.
When necessary, roof rats will travel considerable distances (100 to 300 feet [30 to 90 m]) for food.
Control methods must reflect an understanding of the roof rat’s habitat requirements, reproductive capabilities, food habits, life history, behavior, senses, movements, and the dynamics of its population structure.