Washtenaw County, Michigan Rat Trapper

Washtenaw County, Michigan Rat Control Services

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

Dealing With Roof Rat Problems


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Avoid using poison and glue traps, as these are inhumane and cause more problems than they solve. Roof Rats can enter homes and other structures through openings as small as ½ inch. In food-storage facilities, the most prominent sign may be smudge marks, the result of oil and dirt rubbing off of their fur as they travel along their aerial routes. Some of the first-generation anticoagulants (pindone and warfarin) are available as soluble rodenticides from which water baits can be prepared. With lemons they may eat only the rind and leave the hanging fruit intact. 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. Like Norway rats, they are omnivorous and, if necessary, will feed on almost anything. Grease marks (from the oil and dirt of rats) often appear along walls next to runways. Rats can also transmit rat bite fever through bacteria in their mouth. Most pest control companies set rat traps, perhaps squirt some flammable expansion foam at very obvious holes, and then put you on a monthly service to remove the rats that are still getting in to your home. Once you know the location of the rats, you can set traps or place bait.

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Selection of rodenticides and bait products must be done according to label instructions. Out-of-doors, roof rats may be present in low to moderate numbers with little sign in the way of tracks or droppings or runs and burrows. Grease marks (from the oil and dirt of rats) often appear along walls next to runways. They do very well on feed provided for domestic animals such as swine, dairy cows, and chickens, as well as on dog and cat food. Between 9 and 14 days, their eyes open, and they begin to explore for food and move about near their nest. The first step in controlling a roof rat infestation is to properly identify the rodents. Roof rats are prodigious breeders. The muzzle of the roof rat is pointed and the overall appearance of the roof rat is much more streamlined and sleek looking than a Norway rat. Rat Bite Fever - from the saliva of a rat, it comes from rats biting humans. Newer rodenticides are much more efficacious and have resulted in the phasing out of these older materials over the last 20 years. In general, glue boards are more effective for house mice than for either of the rat species.

Rat Infestation


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Then they return to the attic. In tree crops, some cultural practices can be helpful. Adults range in weight from about 5-10 ounces. Roof rats leave a hind foot track of about 3/4-1 inch. Roof rats are adept climbers and not surprisingly are apt to build their nests in locations above ground. Tracking powders play an important role in structural rodent control. For the characteristics of the various anticoagulant rodenticides see Norway Rats. By this time they have learned what is good to eat by experimenting with potential food items and by imitating their mother.