Roof rats

Roof rats

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Roof Rats

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Roof rats may be smaller than Norway rats, but the path of destruction and infestation they can leave is just as serious. Because these rats prefer to nest in the upper parts of buildings, many roof rats will take shelter in your attic where much of your home’s wiring resides. Once inside they may chew on wires posing a serious fire risk in your home. Coupled with their droppings and urine that can pass on diseases, roof rats are a problem that should be dealt with quickly. 

Identifying Roof Rats

Roof rats are smaller, more agile rats than Norway rats at about half a pound in comparison. Roof rats also boast a longer tail, with a pointy snout and longer ears than the Norway rat. In appearance, roof rats are lighter in color (usually a light gray).

Although scavengers by nature, roof rats prefer to eat seeds, nuts, vegetables, fruits, insects, invertebrates, and other inorganic matter. Roof rats are also a nocturnal species, which is why they are often not seen by homeowners during the day. They will also nest in higher areas, such as trees or attic spaces.

How to Prevent Roof Rats

As their name suggests, roof rats tend to use tree limbs and power lines to gain access to your roof and eventually find a way inside your home. Roof rats will likely set up shop in your attic and only venture out at night for food and water. Since roof rats seek shelter as the weather gets colder, the cleanliness of your home will not determine if roof rats will stay out of your home. However, sealing cracks that roof rats can access, especially along your roof is essential. Even the smallest crack should be addressed since roof rats, like most rodents, will simply chew and scratch at the hole until it’s big enough to climb through.

Remove Roof Rats from Your Home with PURCOR

Don’t let roof rats rule your home. When these roof climbing rodents come out to play, call the professionals at PURCOR. Our trained professionals have the knowledge and training necessary to identify evidence of an infestation, recommend prevention tips, and determine the best treatment plans to make sure roof rats are a distant memory. Take back your peace of mind and give us a call or schedule your free consultation online today.

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