Roof Rat Control
The Roof rat is also known as black rat although it’s not actually black in color, it’s usually dark brown. Ship rat is another name for Roof rats because they were commonly seen on sailing ships. They were associated with the Black Death or plaque during the Middle Ages.
Roof rats are commonly found in 48 neighboring states. They usually stay in ceilings, attics, trees, debris, woodpiles, as well as dense vegetation.
Roof rats are usually 13-18 inches long (tail included) and weighs 5 to 9 ounces. They are agile, slender with almost hairless large ears. Their droppings are cylindrical and long.
Roof rats prefer to eat fresh fruits, nuts, vegetables, seeds, plant materials, and tree barks. They are omnivorous and their natural enemies are dogs, owls, cats, snakes birds of prey as well as other rats.
Roof rats are good climbers; they can travel in fences, utility lines and walls.
Roof rats are nocturnal and thrive in cold weather. They’re most active from months of November to May. Rats transmit diseases by biting people or by contaminating the food with their urine or stool. Rats can also transmit disease when fleas who bit an infected rat, bite people or animals after.
They can also cause damage to structures because the holes they dig in the ground can affect the foundation of the building or other structures like: houses, roads and walkways. Rats also cause damage by chewing/eating pipes, doors, electric wires, upholstery, etc.
To prevent Roof rat infestation, it’s best to seal the house, roofs and attics to prevent them from getting in. Trimming trees as well as bushes can also help prevent Roof rats from staying in your property. Roof rats love water, eliminating water and food sources will greatly help prevent Roof rat infestation.