Roof Rat Control

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Roof rats are found throughout the coastal states and much of the southern U.S., although they are not originally native to the country. The nuisance pests transmit multiple diseases and welcome themselves into homes when searching for food and shelter. As they are both agile climbers and proficient swimmers, the pests can handle various types of terrain.

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Physical characteristics of roof rats include sleek coats that are usually gray, black, or brown with white underbellies. Their bodies measure about seven to eight inches long, and they have even longer tails that are roughly eight to ten inches in length.

DIET

Roof rats prefer fruits, vegetation, and nuts to make up the majority of their diet. They also eat insects and snails. However, when sources are limited, roof rats consume anything they can find. This opportunistic behavior drives the pests into homes where they scavenge for leftover scraps, pet food, and trash.

HABITAT

Roof rats live in warm and tropical regions of the U.S. Lands covered in dense vegetation and located near water are the preferred habitats of these pests. Their nesting sites include parks and areas near ponds, particularly in trees and shrubbery. Farms and sheds also create protective shelters for the rodents and substitute as nests when vegetation is scarce.

TREATMENT SOLUTIONS

ENTRY INTO HOMES OR BUSINESSES

ENTRY INTO HOMES OR BUSINESSES

Attics, basements, wall voids, and cabinets provide roof rats with hidden and covered spaces. As the pests seek food, warmth, and protection, roof rats often enter homes. Yards are generally even more at risk of infestations since they provide both shelter and vegetation. Roof rats favor vines and ivies but also live in gardens, tree orchards, and landscaped yards, as these areas supply the pests with food and nesting sites.

PROBLEMS & DAMAGE

PROBLEMS & DAMAGE

Diseases such as rat-bite fever, plague, leptospirosis, and typhus are known to be spread by roof rats. Simply by invading homes and yards, the pests can transmit these diseases to humans through their urine, droppings, fur, and saliva. Additionally, roof rats damage buildings by chewing and destroying wiring and tearing up insulation to use for nesting material. Stored food can also fall victim to the rodents and provide them with meals.

PREVENTION & EXCLUSION

PREVENTION & EXCLUSION

As the pests like vines and ivies, removing these plants minimizes the chance of roof rat infestations in yards. Sources of moisture should also be eliminated or maintained, since roof rats must live near water to survive. Furthermore, by keeping trash and food supplies properly stored and securely sealed, the pests are less likely to invade and settle in homes.

TRAPPING & REMOVAL

TRAPPING & REMOVAL

Roof rats commonly live on branches, ledges, and shelves, so properly placing traps under these locations can help with control and removal. Garages, sheds, and attics are other common sites of roof rat nests where traps can be set. However, while wooden mouse and rat traps are often used to capture roof rats, the professional wildlife removal services of Trutech can handle the problem most effectively. Our specialists are trained to trap, remove, and prevent roof rats efficiently and safely.


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