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.
Rats are easier to exclude than mice because rats a typically larger.
They may live in the landscaping of one residence and feed at another.
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.
Roof rats are also food hoarders, stashing supplies of food such as seeds and nuts.
When necessary, roof rats will travel considerable distances (100 to 300 feet [30 to 90 m]) for food.
Once you're satisfied that there is no more evidence of rats, and you are not trapping any new rats, you should clean the attic or whatever area they were living in, to remove the contamination and biohazard, and also to eliminate the rat scent, which will attract new rats to try to chew their way into the house in the future.
rat 003Broken foundations, utility entries and vents can also be an obvious entry point.
Female adults will produce about seven litters per year and will mate again about 18 hours after giving birth to her litter of about eight pups.
Since roof rats rarely dig burrows, burrow fumigants are of limited use; however, if they have constructed burrows, then fumigants that are effective on Norway rats, such as aluminum phosphide and gas cartridges, will be effective on roof rats.
The young may continue to nurse until 4 or 5 weeks old.
If you have heard noises in your walls or attic, chances are you have rats.
A mouse's tracks will be much shorter.
Rats (Rattus spp.
Rats may live up to three years, but a lifespan of one and a half years is more common.
The reproductive potential of one female Norway rat is about 50-60 young per year.
The first step in controlling a roof rat infestation is to properly identify the rodents.
See Rat Trapping Tips and Rat Baiting Tips.
Rat droppings are small, dark, cylindrically shaped, and are about one-half inch to three-fourths inch long with blunt ends.
Like Norway rats, they are omnivorous and, if necessary, will feed on almost anything.
They prefer gnawing on wood but may also damage property, electrical wiring, and food packaging.
Damage - a rat's teeth are constantly growing and that means they have to chew on hard things like wood to trim them back.
Some of the first-generation anticoagulants (pindone and warfarin) are available as soluble rodenticides from which water baits can be prepared.
The 5 to 8 young in the litter develop rapidly, growing hair within a week.
They can transmit these diseases through physical contact, bites, by contamination or by fleas that are feeding on the rodent.
Because roof rats are fast and agile, they are not easy prey for mammalian or avian predators.
The adequate inspection of a large facility for the presence and location of roof rats often requires a nighttime search when the facility is normally shut down.
Typically, 3 or more litters are produced annually.
Roof rats can be controlled with the same baits used for Norway rats.
In situations where rats are not controlled with conventional products, fumigation of transport vehicles or rat ground burrows may sometimes be needed.