Roof Rats

What Are Roof Rats?

Named for their preference of hanging out in trees and the upper levels of structures they have invaded, roof rats are a common invader of homes and businesses. Roof rats have a thin body covered in smooth dark brown or black fur with gray hairs scattered throughout. The fur on their underbelly is a lighter color than the fur covering the rest of their body. From pointed nose to tail roof rats grow to between 12-16 inches in length. They have large ears and a scaly tail that is longer than their body.

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Are Roof Rats Dangerous?

Like all other species of rodents, roof rats, have front incisors on their top and bottom jaw that grow continuously throughout their life. To keep their teeth sharp and from overgrowing they gnaw on objects they come across. Their constant chewing allows roof rats to cause a lot of damage inside of homes and other structures.

Roof rats will gnaw through walls, wiring, pipes, cables, and other structural elements. They will also eat and contaminate stored food. They spread diseases and make people ill with things like salmonellosis and rat-bite fever. The fleas and ticks that are living on the backs of roof rats also spread diseases to people.

Why Do I Have A Roof Rat Problem?

Roof rats are a type of rodent and are known for being very athletic and agile. They can easily climb trees and utility poles to gain access to structures through the roof. They may also choose to live under plants or buildings, and in sewers. Inside of homes and other buildings, roof rats nest in attics, basements, crawl spaces, and behind walls voids. Like most species of pests, roof rats are most attracted to properties that offer them multiple areas to forage for food- trash cans, compost piles, gardens, fruit trees, and pet food bowls for example.

How Do I Get Rid Of Roof Rats?

If you're looking for a way to eliminate roof rats from your property for good, call Dandi Guaranty! With that one call, we will send our pest technicians to inspect your home for signs of rat activity. They will not only determine the problem areas and eliminate current infestations, but will also treat your property to prevent any future invasion. To learn more about how our Quarterly Pest Control Plan can help solve your roof rat problem, visit our residential pest control page today!

Can I Eliminate Roof Rats Myself?

Once roof rats have chosen your home or property to live or forage for food in, the best solution is to partner with Dandi Guaranty. To help prevent problems with roof rats it is best to eliminate sources of food, water, and potential shelter from your property. Keep tight-fitting lids on trash cans, recycling bins, and compost bins. Pick-up uneaten pet food. Stop roof rats from finding their way into your home by sealing any cracks in the foundation, exterior walls, and roofline of your home; place tight-fitting caps on chimneys. Cut tree branches back from the exterior of your home. Place metal flashing at the bottom of fruit trees on your property to stop roof rats from climbing them.

 

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