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Three Michigan Cities Among the Top 50 “Rattiest in America”

According to a recent report by Orkin, three Michigan cities are among the “Top 50 Rattiest Cities in the United States” this year. 

Detroit, Grand Rapids, and Flint made the list coming in at #6, #29, and #42 respectively. Orkin releases the annual list based on rodent treatments performed at residences and commercial properties from Sep 1, 2019 to Aug 31, 2020.

Surprising almost no one, COVID-19 was a major factor in this year’s increased rodent visibility. Restaurant closures forced them to find new food sources, according to the release. Without restaurant food waste, they were seen scavenging new areas and exhibiting unusual or aggressive behavior. The problem became so prevalent that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued Rodent Control guidance.

With colder weather approaching in Michigan, make sure you’re ready for the increased rodent activity by looking at our Michigan Vertebrate Pest Management 8-Credit Continuing Education Course Bundle.

This online video course bundle fulfills the category recertification requirement for Michigan Commercial Applicators holding a Vertebrate Pest Management (Category 7D) certification. 

To renew your license before the upcoming Dec 31 deadline, simply pair the Vertebrate bundle with the Michigan Commercial Core 8-Credit Bundle to complete all your recertification requirements.

Here’s a preview of the type of lessons you’ll take in the “Rodents and Other Vertebrate Pest Management” course found within the Vertebrate course bundle!

Lesson 1 – Rats

  • Rats and Disease Carriers
  • Habits of Rats
  • Life Cycle
  • Inspection

Lesson 2 – Rats (cont.)

  • Control and Management
  • Habitat Alteration – Outdoor
  • Habitat Alteration – Indoor
  • Traps
  • Glue Boards
  • Rodenticides
    • Food baits
    • Water baits
    • Tracking powders

Lesson 3 – House Mice

  • Mice as Disease Carriers
  • Life Cycle and Social Behavior
  • Physical Abilities
  • Inspection
  • Control and Management
    • Sanitation
    • Mouse-proofing
    • Population reduction
  • Food Baits and Placement
    • Liquid baits
    • Tracking powders

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