Roof rats, also called black rats, are the smaller, thinner cousins of the more common Norway rat. They are most recognizable by their hairless, scaly tails, which are longer than the combined length of their head and body. The species gets its name from an affinity for high places, often living in trees or on vine-covered fences and roofs. Roof rats frequently access the tops of buildings from tree branches or overhead utility lines. They are known to transmit a number of diseases to humans, including leptospirosis, salmonellosis, rat-bite fever, and plague. Given that their presence is unpleasant, homeowners often turn to roof rat traps to control infestations.
The Difficulty of Roof Rat Traps
Roof rats are harder to trap than other rodents because they avoid new objects placed in their environment. Rather than showing curiosity, they are wary. When considering roof rat traps, the snap trap is the most common choice, as it’s usually inexpensive. Cleanup, however, is distasteful and possibly dangerous, as it involves coming in contact with the disease-ridden body of a dead rat. All roof rat traps bring with them some necessity of getting close to rats that are dead or alive. Poisons have their own problems, as the pests can decay behind walls and cause a pungent odor that lasts for weeks.
Close Encounters with Rats
Often unspoken in the discussion of roof rat traps are the hard-to-reach places where they will need to be positioned. The rodents can work their way into tight quarters, forcing human adversaries to climb, crawl, and stretch their way in. These environments are often hot, cramped, dusty, and dirty, and come with the added risk of inhaling diseased particles of dried rat feces. For a hands-free solution that doesn’t involve exposure to filth or disease, contact the wildlife removal experts at Trutech.