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Roof Rats

Actual Size: 5-7.2 inches

Characteristics: Roof rats are small and agile, with a long tail and pointy snout. Roof rats are typically black or brown.


  • Scavengers by nature, roof rats are omnivorous.
  • They prefer eating seeds, nuts, fruits and vegetables, small animals, and inedible substances (like paper).
  • Roof rats nest in high areas, like trees and attic spaces.
  • They are typically nocturnal.




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Pest Description

Roof Rat Behavior

Rodents have become a problem in any area where animals and human inhabit the same space. While issues with rats will be more prevalent in older buildings or structures with poor sanitation, rodents can infest any building with the appropriate conditions. Rats are well-suited to most of the United States. They have a high reproductive rate, are resourceful scavengers, and can protect themselves when attacked. Rodents typically burrow long distances to obtain food and find shelter. Most rodents are fearless climbers as well, being able to survive a fall of up to fifty feet. They will travel across power lines, roofs, and tree branches in an attempt to find food or escape from predators.

Problems Caused by Roof Rats

Roof rats and other rodents can be huge sources of disease and bacteria. Rodents were responsible for the spread of Bubonic plague, as they spread fleas infected with the deadly illness throughout Europe. Those simple rats eventually created millions of deaths. Rodents are especially troublesome disease carriers because they prefer to live so close to humans, as they forage and scavenge for our food waste and garbage, or as they use our buildings for shelter.

Rodents are also responsible for a range of building damages, including contamination of attics, chewing through wires, and even chewing within the structural wood. Urine and droppings are a frequent concern for anyone who has experienced a roof rat infestation. Electrical wiring and insulation are frequent targets for foraging rodents, and the wood of a building will be chewed for nesting material as well. Rodents have been known to destroy gardens, raid pantries, and generally cause mayhem within a human-dwelling.

Preventing, Eliminating, and Controlling Roof Rats

Rodents are intelligent and very resourceful creatures; preventing rodents can be difficult and complex. Comprehensive rodent control should consist of four steps: Inspection, Exclusion, Trapping, and Exterior Baiting. Our professional experts at Pest Control Inc. can evaluate a building for rodent infestation and inspect all current access points, which is crucial for eliminating these household pests. After inspection has taken place and all access points are blocked, a pest control expert will employ trapping to remove the remaining rodents, and also use long-term exterior baits to prevent roof rats from returning to the building.


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