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.
They prefer gnawing on wood but may also damage property, electrical wiring, and food packaging.
If roof rats are seen exposed, it often indicates their hiding spaces are all filled by other rats or that they have been disturbed, such as by construction.
This is why traps and bait stations may be avoided for a day or two.
The most commonly found rat pest in United States is the Norway rat (Rattus norvegicus).
Some traps should be placed on the floor, but more should be placed above floor level (for example, on top of stacked commodities).
Rats, like mice, are omnivorous rodents.
In most of our urban areas, Norway rats may be seen scurrying around after dark looking for food in garbage cans and other places where human refuse is found.
One of the more common techniques for bait use is to place the bait formulation in a tamper proof rodent bait station that protects the bait from accidental exposure to non-target animals or people.
Scratching sounds - if you hear gnawing and the sounds of scampering in the walls or around the house you might have rats.
Read more about where rats live.
They may also enter through ill-fitted doors, windows, or screens, and air vents that are not in sound or working order.
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.
Snails are a favorite food, but don’t expect roof rats to eliminate a garden snail problem.
Roof rats usually require water daily, though their local diet may provide an adequate amount if it is high in water content.
In controlling roof rats with rodenticides, a sharp distinction must be made between control in and around buildings and control away from buildings such as in landfills and dumps, along drainage ditches and streams, in sewer water evaporation ponds, and in parks.
In rare instances, isolated populations are found in areas not within their normal distribution range in the United States.
Read my comprehensive guide to rats in the attic.
Roof rats can also nest on the ground if necessary.
However, a few differences must be taken into account.
Citrus trees, having very low hanging skirts, are more prone to damage because they provide rats with protection.
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.
Tunnel boxes or bait boxes specially designed to expose a layer of toxic powder will reduce potential contamination problems and may actually increase effectiveness.
Cage trapping is often considered to be the most humane way of dealing with an animal problem, and certainly when it comes to larger animals it is fair to say that it can be effective.
They lead you to believe there is no other rat control solution.
Care must be exercised to ensure that baits are properly placed and the use instructions on the product’s label are strictly followed.
Use proper garbage and refuse disposal containers and implement exterior sanitation programs.
A mouse's tracks will be much shorter.
It is difficult to find suitable places to lay the tracking powder that will not create a potential problem of contaminating food or materials below the placement sites.
Also, carry out a visual examination of the attic to find the holes they were using to get in and out of the attic.
Generally, a few more feedings are necessary to produce death with the first-generation anticoagulants (warfarin, pindone, diphacinone, and chlorophacinone) but this is less significant with the second-generation anticoagulants (bromadiolone and brodifacoum).