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Roof Rats

What are Roof Rats?

Roof rats are a common form of rodent found invading homes and businesses. They are gregarious and typically dwell in colonies. Roof rats are highly nimble and athletic.

The name of these rodents derives from their ability to scale trees and other obstacles to obtain access to houses via the roof.

Their bodies are covered in dark brown or black fur with scattered gray hairs, and their underbelly is lighter in color.

The length of a roof rat is between 6 and 8 inches, and the length of its tail is between 6 and 8 inches. In addition, it has a pointed nose, huge ears, black eyes, and a scaly, hairless tail.

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Roof Rats Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Are roof rats dangerous?

Roof rats, like other rodents, damage property with their powerful, sharp front teeth. They chew wires, which can result in fires or electrical faults.

In addition to chewing through and destroying pipes, insulation, flooring, furniture, and storage containers, they also consume and damage a variety of other materials.

More crucial than the property damage they cause are the health dangers they represent. Food and surfaces are contaminated by the saliva, urine, and feces of roof rats.

They transmit diseases such as salmonellosis and rat-bite fever. In addition, they serve as hosts for parasites such as fleas, ticks, and mites, which pose their own issues and health dangers.

Why do I have a roof rat problem?

Roof rats are mostly drawn to residential and commercial properties because they provide easy access to food, water, and shelter.

After living and foraging for food on your land, they eventually enter your home in search of additional food sources and safe, climate-controlled refuge.

Despite their size, rats may enter buildings through spaces as narrow as a nickel. Due to the fact that each female may generate approximately 40 offspring per year, even a small number of roof rats residing near your home might be a nuisance.

Where will I find roof rats?

Roof rats prefer to nest in attics, above ceilings, and above upper cupboards, all of which are elevated from the ground.

Roof rats can be found nesting in dense vegetation, woodpiles, fruit trees, and shrubs, as well as in the rafters of outbuildings such as barns, garages, and other structures.

Roof rats are nocturnal, meaning that they stay hidden during the day in their breeding places and venture out at night to look for food. When the temperature drops, roof rats become more active.

How do I get rid of roof rats?

24H Pest Pros is the company to call if you want to clear your house or place of business of roof rats. We offer quick response times as well as the peace of mind that comes with knowing that your pest problems will be treated and that they won't come back.

In order to rid your properties of roof rats, the knowledgeable pest control professionals at our company offer superior rodent control services that make use of the newest and most efficient products on the market.

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How can I prevent roof rats in the future?

Prevent problems with roof rats by partnering with 24h Pest Pros and by implementing the following prevention tips:

  • Sealing foundation, external walls, and roof fissures will eliminate entrance sites.
  • Restore roof shingles that are damaged or missing.
  • Cap chimneys with a cap that fits tightly.
  • On all external doors, install door sweeps.
  • Cover vents that lead into your home with mesh covers.
  • Seal openings surrounding air conditioners and utilities entering the home.
  • On the exterior of your home, prune back bushes and trees.
  • Install metal flashing at the base of fruit trees to prevent roof rats from climbing them and eating their fruit.
  • Cover garbage cans and compost bins with lids that fit tightly.
  • Eliminate all bird feeders from your property.
  • Ensure that outdoor eating locations lack food debris.
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