These great climbers have originated from Southeast Asia. They love making their home in the tops of roofs, attics and trees. But what happens if you find one of these unwelcome creatures in your own attic or rooftop? Keep reading for more information on roof rats.
What is a Roof Rat?
Also known as black rats or ship rats, the roof rat is known for making its home in rooftops or in the upper part of buildings, such as the attic, along the roof line or even in trees. As they are good climbers, it isn’t uncommon to hear them scurrying through your walls or above your head in the ceiling. They are long and thin and have smooth brown fur with black spots with black, gray or white underbellies. Their long scaly tails are the length of their entire body. With their pointed nose and large eyes and ears they have often been mistaken for house mice. However, these pests are more dangerous due to the fact that they carry harmful ectoparasites and will chew through many different types of building materials, weakening the structure of your home.
Signs of A Roof Rat Infestation
As they like to make their nests within your roof or attic, they will make trails through insulation and leave damaging holes, scratches and chew marks on walls, pipes, plastic, aluminum siding, soft metals and wood. Due to their love of climbing, be sure to also look for evidence of these critters in the trees surrounding your home’s exterior. Other signs that you may have a roof rat infestation are grease and urine stains, small capsule-like droppings and hollowed pieces of fruit.
Preventing Roof Rat Infestations
Like all pests, roof rats are attracted to food sources such as fruit, pet food, exposed trash, moisture and warm shelter. Keep all food and trash tightly sealed. Repair any holes or leaks in your walls, door frames, windows, in the attic or on the rooftop. Remove any areas with standing water, such as pots, birdbaths or water fountains as they need about an ounce of water a day.
If you discover that you have a roof rat infestation and feel overwhelmed, don’t panic. Contact Ideal Pest Control for treatment options today!