Genesee County, Michigan Rat Removal

Genesee County, Michigan Rat Control Services

rodent life cycle

Rodent entry elimination: We see many attempts by handymen, pest control companies, and Genesee 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 Genesee 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.

What should I do with a rat after I catch it?


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  • Do I have Rats?

  • What is the best bait to trap a rat?

  • Rat Diseases

Other rat signs may also assist, but be aware that both species may be present. Norway rats build their nests in underground burrows where they mate, rear their young, store food and seek refuge from predators. Within a rat colony, they may be a few rats that are extra cautious and manage to avoid traps or eating rodent baits. Their presence is typically detected by the occurrence of their droppings, holes chewed into bags and containers, and chewed nesting materials. Roof rats are susceptible to all of the various anticoagulant rodenticides, but less so than Norway rats. They may live in trees, such as palm, or in attics, and climb down to a food source. In tropical or semi tropical regions, the season may be nearly year-round. Rats may live up to three years, but a lifespan of one and a half years is more common. The traditional style snap traps are still among the best ways of dealing with a rat problem, and these are simple to set and bait, and you should look to place them in areas where the rats are active, so where you can see feces and smudges on the walls. Their tails are longer than the rest of their body and are uniformly dark colored. Raisins, prunes, peanut butter, nutmeats, and gumdrops make good baits and are often better than meat or cat food baits.

DIY Rat Extermination


rabies rats

  • What Are Rats?

  • Do cats keep rats away?

  • What is the best bait to trap a rat?

Then they return to the attic. Parks with natural and artificial ponds, or reservoirs may also be infested. This is why traps and bait stations may be avoided for a day or two. Norway rats can climb, but not as well as roof rats, and are strong swimmers. Rats can also transmit rat bite fever through bacteria in their mouth. These rats are nocturnal and are excellent climbers. Once established, they readily breed and thrive within buildings, just as Norway rats do. It has often been said that Norway rats will displace roof rats whenever they come together, but the evidence is not altogether convincing. Females can breed year-round. Most commercial baits are registered for both species of rats and for house mice, but often they are less acceptable to roof rats than to the other species. Bubonic plague was a scourge in Europe several times throughout history.

Do rats carry rabies?


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  • Check Your Attic!

  • Rat Infestation

  • Do rats bite humans in their sleep?

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. ALWAYS USE RESPIRATORY PROTECTION WHEN REMOVING RODENT DROPPINGS. Then they return to the attic. If living under a refrigerator or freezer, they may disable the unit by gnawing the electrical wires. Their keen sense of hearing also aids in their ability to detect and escape danger. Inspection is an important first step in getting rid of rats. Where anticoagulant resistance is known or suspected, the use of first-generation anticoagulants should be avoided in favor of the second-generation anticoagulants or one of the non anticoagulant rodenticides like bromethalin or cholecalciferol. Young rats generally cannot be trapped until about 1 month old.