Macomb County, Michigan Rat Control

Macomb County, Michigan Rat Control Services

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Rodent entry elimination: We see many attempts by handymen, pest control companies, and Macomb 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 Macomb 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 Are Rats?


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  • How to keep rats out of my garbage

  • How to keep rats out of my garden

  • Rodent Proofing For Fall

If you've sealed the house correctly, then you shouldn't trap any new rats after just the first three days. Generally, Roof rats stay within 100 miles inland. Roof rats usually require water daily, though their local diet may provide an adequate amount if it is high in water content. I highly recommend snap traps, not live cage traps, certainly not glue boards, and most definitely not poison! Never poison rats, it doesn't solve the problem and it just creates more problems. 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. These rodents have been known to consume tree bark, meat and grain. When everyone is asleep and the house is quiet, the rats can be heard scurrying about. Once established, they readily breed and thrive within buildings, just as Norway rats do. Always be sure that fresh bait is available continuously until rats stop feeding. You hear the scratching rodents in your attic at night, correct? So you might assume that the rats are entering your attic at night. In agricultural settings, weasels, foxes, coyotes, and other predators prey on roof rats, but their take is inconsequential as a population control factor.

Do rats make good pets?


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  • Are rats dangerous to cats, dogs, or other pets?

  • Humane rat traps

  • Information on Pack Rats and Roof Rats

Droppings - Roof Rat droppings are 1/4 to 1/2 inch in length, capsule shaped, with blunt ends. Most rats in attics enter via roof entry points - although they can get into the building a variety of ways. Read my comprehensive guide to rats in the attic. Rats will also drag their tails, leaving a mark between their feet tracks. ALWAYS USE RESPIRATORY PROTECTION WHEN REMOVING RODENT DROPPINGS. Anticoagulant paraffin-type bait blocks provide an alternative to bait stations containing pelleted or loose cereal bait. Roof rats are likely to found in coastal, near-coastal areas and port cities. 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. Setting a trap to collect a few specimens may be the only sure way to identify the rat or rats involved. Where legal and not hazardous, shooting of roof rats is effective at dusk as they travel along utility lines. In some situations in which the rats have been eliminated, cats that are good hunters may prevent reinfestation.

Rodent Proofing For Fall


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  • Black pepper and rats

  • Is it legal for me to trap a rat?

  • What Are Rats?

Rub Marks As rats move from one location to another, they stay close to vertical surfaces in their environment that they use to assist in their nightly navigation. Knowledge is limited on interspecific competition between the different genera and species of rats. Rodents sniff out the bait and return to feed upon it continuously until the poison kills them. Disturbances such as habitat modifications should be avoided until the population is under control. Pocket gopher box-type traps (such as the DK-2 Gopher Getter) can be modified to catch rats by reversing the action of the trigger. Roof rats are not accomplished swimmers and are not usually found in sewers. Rats are easier to exclude than mice because rats a typically larger. Also, be careful when setting snap traps.