RATS

Rats

Dearborn Heights, as well as other communities, are having problems with RATS. To aid in the understanding and eventual control of the rat population, there must be aggresive government control measures, fervent public support, and intense citizen participation.

rat climbingYou may be alerted to a rat problem by seeing burrows found along building foundations, under garbage or woodpiles. They may also live in and around gardens and fields. Nests can be lined with shredded paper, cloth or other fibrous material. They may nest in attics, walls, false ceilings and cabinets. You may find rat droppings around pet food feeding or storage areas, or anywhere food is kept. Look for rat feces around pipes and behind walls.

First, their food sources have to be eliminated. Cleaning up outside and inside to remove anything they may find edible. Not feeding birds, cleaning garbage areas, as well as dog feces is a good beginning. They have a keen sense of smell, are bold and clever. They are ominiverous meaning they are capable of eating plant and animal foods. They are also attracted to shiny objects, possibly food wrappers.

Next, replace with rat size feeding stations, preferably where the rat goes in and cannot come back out. Once they are placed, do not move them because some rats are upset by moved objects.

Some rats may be active above ground. They will use fence rails, attics, trees, rafters, etc. They can climb buildings and enter pipes on roofs and can swim up sewer pipes into toilets.

Rodenticides and traps should be used only where there are no chances of people, especially children, or pets entering the area. There is a nationwide law and guideline concerning the use of tamper resistant bait stations. Rats will discover poisons, carry it with them until they find something else that catches their eye or nose. They can drop the poison anywhere, which puts pets in jeopardy.  To protect areas from rat visitors, place Lava Rock around the area. The rats do not like to walk on the sharp edges of the Rock.

Rats are not physically able to vomit or burp, and don’t get heartburn, so they cannot purge its body of toxins.

People and pets can become ill because of the transference of the rat saliva, eye and nose secretions, and urine. They carry Mycoplasma, an incurable respiratory virus also found in intestinal cells and feces. They don’t spread the Bubonic Plague, but if they come in contact with it, their fleas will spread the disease even after the rat dies.

Rats pee on everything. They pee on food, once they have decided it is good food they will return, females will pee on males when not in heat to mark which males they will like when they are in heat, males will pee on each other as well as the females because the smell is comforting to them. They drop pee as they crawl to mark their paths, to know where they are and where they have been.

rat7One female rat can go into heat every four days. They can have five to 12 babies each time, then two months later those babies are able to have babies, which can lead up to 15,000 babies in one year, just from one couple.

Please call your Ordinance Officer of Dearborn Heights at 313-791-3478 if you have any questions or if you suspect a rat problem.

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8 thoughts on “RATS”

  1. This health and safety rat poisoning issue is not about individual council members, or the administration, its about the city elected government failure to provide the needed rat control services according to state regulations. Furthermore, and on top of the failure no body publically was hold accountable for the violations no body from the city government publically explain so far what happen or why the city Vector employees are not certified after 2 years in to this program?

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  2. noknok

    I was shocked to hear that the City was handing out Rat Poison and having residents sign a waiver in-order to get it instead of sending and paying for the time of a couple of ordinance officers to Dearborn to train for free. I was under the understanding that they were for the past year or more working on getting just that. The real question should be how many council members even knew that the administration was doing this type of thing. How many of them knew that the administration didn’t take the City of Dearborn up on their offer of Free Training? Now that they do know What are they going to do to Make A Difference? I know Councilwoman Lisa Hicks-Clayton has done a lot of work trying to get this up and going so I do not want to hear from her here.
    I want to hear from the Rest of them. I ask that you don’t address any questions to her we know she is the only one who will answer them here. Better ask them at council meetings or call the Mayors office Email the other council members Council isn’t a council of ONE. It’s a Council of seven. Email/Call the rest of them and see what they have to say about this subject.

    We all can make a difference, on the blocks we live on by making sure that things stay clean and not giving the rats a place they would like to come to in the first place. Keep your eyes open for a house that may have issues that would invite Rats to make a home there. It’s not all on the City to solve the problem we as residents are suppose to do our part too and Make a Difference.

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  3. Another failure of this city administration, not only to put an aggressive and cooperative program with the properties occupants to deal with the rat issue. Including educational,instructional manuals,and flyers in cooperation with the area civic associations. Employing non victor Vector certified personnel to do victor Vector work in violation of state law.
    At the same time another failure of this city council as a legislative body to act by ordering the administrator of the city to immediately issue an RFP to select best qualified VECTOR contractor to deal with this health and safety rats problem in this city.
    I don’t know why this city created an ordinance department that don’t know the state victor laws? and can’t ask next door Dearborn for assistance for free?
    And the most of all, No body is accountable for this failure! Plus all of this was under the watch of all city elected officials.
    We are the city of the future!

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  4. Why call Ordinance? Maybe reporting a problem, alerting Ordinance to the need for attention on the subject in that area. One thing you have to understand is that it begins with us, as individuals. Why should the city get actively involved if the people don’t start by removing food sources, bedding material, or nesting areas? It begins with the resident who cares about their city. We must be diligent, look for the problems, do our best to solve the problem individually. Alert the Ordinance Dept. of the problem. If there is no response from the Ordinance Dept., consider calling someone on the Council or even the Mayor’s office. We have finally heard that Vector Control is being trained. Call to find out when the Vector Control will be available. And for Pete’s sake, use November 3rd to your advantage and vote!

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  5. Excellent article on rats. We residents are part of this problem too.Cleaning up dog poop, not throwing food out in our yard for the birds and keeping the area where we put our garbage cans clean is very important. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

    I was wondering if in addition to the above if it might be helpful in putting coyote urine around the perimeters of our yards. I was on another site when a person wrote in that she had done this and did not see a rat for nine days and counting.

    I did a quick research and was amazed at all the information about this that was on-line. The smell of a predator’s urine will keep the rats away and it isn’t all that expensive either. There are all sorts of different predators urine you can buy depending on what you are trying to keep away. Just a thought.

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  6. True, but the administration will never do that. I believe that we should start calling the City Mayors office and if you have Rats call and put pressure on the Ordinance department. The more calls/emails asking for a date of when this training will get done? As many of you know this has been going on for two years. I’ve been hearing for a year that they are in training only to find out that they weren’t training it seems they were handing out poison in violation of the law. I ask all of you to please if you can talk to your neighbors about the Rat problem in Dearborn Heights. The more people that know there is a problem in the first place the more people will demand the City take action.

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  7. My question: Why would we call Ordinance? They have NO ONE who is certified at the present time and they have been forbidden by the State to place any more bait stations. They are currently training Ordinance Officers to handle the rat problem but how long will that take? Why can’t we hire experienced, certified Vector Control Officers now?

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