Professional Rat Control in Michigan

Black rat inside a home in Michigan. Griffin Pest Solutions offers rat control in Michigan, Indiana, and Ohio.

Rats are widespread throughout North America. They breed year-round and can produce up to 50 offspring annually, making them frustratingly prevalent pests in Michigan. Luckily, Griffin Pest Solutions rat control experts are here to help!

Our expert team offers rat control and removal services in Michigan, Indiana, and Ohio. Our rat treatment plan wipes out the pests and helps prevent them from coming back. If you have a rat problem, Griffin has you covered!

How will Griffin’s rat control services solve my pest problem?

Nobody wants a rat infestation in their home. That’s why it’s important to get in touch with the experts. Griffin Pest Solutions has been a pest control company in Michigan since 1929. We’ve provided rat control services to tens of thousands of homes and businesses in Michigan, Northern Indiana, and Northern Ohio.

Our team is fast, local, and experts on all things rat. We’ll remove your rodents safely and effectively, figure out how they got in, and make sure they can’t get in again. Whether you’re dealing with a long-term, established rat problem or you just saw a rat in your basement for the first time, Griffin wants to help. We provide the solution to your pest problem—no ifs, ants, or bugs!

What are the most common types of rats in Michigan?

The two most common species of rats are the black rat and the Norway rat (common rat). Both species are found in all parts of the world.

Norway rats

Norway rat outside a home in Michigan
  • Appearance: Norway rats are gray, brown, or black in color. The Norway rat is fairly large—about 10 to 18 inches from nose to the end of their tail. The tail is hairless and shorter than the body. They usually weigh about 12 oz. Their ears are small and covered with short hairs. Their feces is capsule-shaped, and about ¾ to 1 inch in length. Norway rats are also known as common or brown rats.
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  • Biology: Even though they thrive in busy cities, rats also dwell in dry, treeless areas. Norway rats nest on the ground, but nests have also been found in high places or protected areas, like firewood stacks. Norway rats mainly search for food at dawn and dusk.
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  • Prevention Tips: Keep Norway rats out before an invasion even starts by storing firewood far away from buildings and homes and removing garbage piles. It’s also important to seal any holes larger than ¼ inch and to get rid of moisture and shelter sources.

Black rats

Black rat in a home in Michigan
  • Appearance: Black rats are typically 8 to 11 inches long including their tails. They weigh anywhere from 4 to 12 ounces and have scraggly fur. Despite their name, black rats come in many different colors. Other names for the black rat are roof rat, ship rat, and house rat.
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  • Biology: Black rats are generalists and eat almost any food from fruits to invertebrates. They typically prefer higher nesting sites, like roofs and upper floors. These pests adapt quickly to their environments and become a nuisance in no time.
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  • Prevention Tips: To keep black rats and other rodents out, make sure all holes are sealed. Black rats can squeeze through spaces as small as a nickel! Make sure you have proper drainage and always install gutters or devices that will carry water flow away from the building.

What are signs of a rat infestation?

The best way to take care of an existing rat problem is by catching the problem right away. If you think you may have a rat infestation in your home or business, you may find:

  • Droppings: One of the first indicators of a rat presence is their droppings. Rat droppings can be anywhere between ½ to ¾ inches in size
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  • Urine: Another indicator of rat presence is urine trails or puddles of stains on walls and baseboards that look like grease. Rat urine leaves a musty scent, most noticeable in smaller enclosed rooms and when humidity is present
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  • Evidence of chewing: Rats are nibblers who can bite through all but glass, metal, and thick plastic. If chew marks are found on snack boxes, pet food bags or other food containers, a rat infestation is likely
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  • Nesting: Rat nests can often be found in warm, dry areas of the house such as under refrigerators, stoves, and dishwashers. Nesting materials include grass, fabric, furniture, cotton, and twigs

How do I prevent a rat problem?

The best way to deal with a rat infestation is to stop it from happening in the first place. Rat prevention tips include:

  • Sealing off entry points: Rats can enter your home or business through cracks in the foundation, openings around doors and window frames, gaps in baseboards, utility lines, and more. Seal and block these openings wherever you can
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  • Putting food away: Keep pantry foods in sealable, airtight containers at all times. Keep garbage in sealable plastic bags and take it out to the dumpster every night
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  • Repairing plumbing issues: Rats are in your home looking for food and water. Make sure you clean up spills immediately and repair plumbing leaks ASAP

If you have a rat infestation in your home, get in touch with the professional pest control team at Griffin Pest Solutions. We can get and keep rats out—no ifs, ants, or bugs… guaranteed! Contact us today!

Rat FAQ

How Do Rats Get Into My House?

Rat in window

Rats use five primary means of sneaking into houses:

  1. Cracks in walls and foundation
  2. Chimneys
  3. Roof damage
  4. Vents
  5. Gaps around windows

Keeping them from using these five methods is the key to keeping rats out.

Watch this video to find out how!

How Long Do Rats Live?

how long do rats live

Pet rats can live for four years, but a rat in the wild generally only survives between 1 to 3, and many won’t make it past their first. Overall rat longevity varies by species and is highly affected by the availability of food and water and the prevalence of predators.

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What Do Rats Eat?

Rats are not picky eaters, but they are smart. In the wild they eat fruits, nuts, grains, and insects. In urban settings, they’ll chow down on human food, pet food, and garbage, and spend their time hoarding as much food as they can while constantly seeking out new sources.

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When Do Rat Infestations Start?

Rats start searching for warmth and shelter as soon as the temperatures start dropping in late summer and fall. Most rat infestations start when a rat sneaks into your home to nest over the winter. To prevent year-long rat infestations, it’s critical to keep rats out in the late summer and fall.

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