Roof rats love to hide out in the attics of homes and will be the cause of a great deal of destruction to your home. Roof rats, also known as black rats, get their name from tending to prefer the upper parts of buildings and structures. Roof rats have now been found living in almost every type of environment, while before they were believed to only live in more tropical settings. Roof rats are long and thin with a scaly tail and have large ears and large eyes. Roof rats are typically 6-8 inches long, not including the length of their tail.
How to Keep Roof Rats Away
Like other rodents, roof rats have the ability to squeeze through the smallest size openings to gain access into your home. It is important to take the time to thoroughly inspect the exterior of your home for any spaces that roof rats could easily climb through to get into your home. Another avenue that roof rats take to get into your home is by nearby vegetation that sits near or over your home. If you have trees surrounding your home, make sure to trim the branches back away from the structure. Roof rats will easily climb a tree and walk out on a branch to get to you roof and find a way inside of your home.
Where Do Roof Rats Live During the Day?
Roof rats are primarily nocturnal, which means you will not see them scampering around throughout the day around your yard or on your roof. These rats move at night to avoid being spotted and explore freely without being disturbed. A roof rat spends most of the day sleeping in its nest but will forage for food in groups of up to ten and tend to return to the same food source time after time. If you set your pet’s food out regularly in the same place that could be easily accessed by rodents, you may want to consider finding a more secure spot to keep your pet’s food bowl. If you hear constant scurrying in your ceiling at night, you probably have a roof rat problem. Not only will roof rats destroy your home, but they also pose a serious health threat to you and your family. Roof rats carry dangerous diseases that can be directly spread to humans.