Roof Rats

What are roof rats?

Roof rats are a common species of rodent. Adults are dark brown or black in color and have gray highlights running throughout their fur. Roof rats have pointed noses, large, dark-colored eyes, and large ears. The adults' bodies grow to about 8 inches in length and their tail adds another 6-8 inches onto their total body length. Roof rats are often identified by their long, slim build. The roof rat’s light build allows them to easily climb trees, utility poles, and other structures to gain access into homes and businesses through the roof. The best way to identify the rodents that have invaded your property is by scheduling a free inspection from DANCAN; to schedule an inspection with us, contact us!

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Are roof rats dangerous?

Roof rats are dangerous pests to have living in or around any home or business. Roof rats are rodents, meaning they have front incisors that are constantly growing. To prevent their front incisors from overgrowing, these pests continuously chew on objects. When living inside roof rats can cause a lot of damage with their teeth by chewing through drywall, insulation, wires, pipes, furniture, clothing, books, food packages, and pictures. Along with destroying property and contaminating food items, their chewing habits can also lead to house fires and water damage. Roof rats also carry and transmit bacteria and diseases to people including Salmonellosis, dysentery, and rat bite fever.

Why do I have a roof rat problem?

Roof rats find their way to any property that offers them easy to access food, water, and shelter sources. For example, properties that have areas of unsecured trash, gardens, compost piles, pet food bowls, wild animal feeders, wood piles, dense vegetation, and standing water on them can attract roof rats.

Where do roof rats nest?

Since roof rats are nocturnal, they are mostly active at night, returning to their nests during the day to sleep. When living outside roof rat nests can be found high up in trees and in woodpiles or dense vegetation. If roof rats find their way inside, they prefer to nest in the upper levels of buildings like in attics, behind walls, above ceilings, and in chimneys.

How do I get rid of roof rats?

Roof rat infestations are frustrating and difficult to eliminate completely without the help of professional. However, the professionals, like those here at DANCAN, can provide the services needed to accurately identify the infestation, effectively eliminate the problem, and prevent future problems with these invasive rodents.
At DANCAN, our professionals utilize modern, eco-friendly pest control methods and products to control the populations of roof rats and other nuisance, dangerous, and destructive pests living in and around your North Dallas area home. To learn more about implementing one of our effective residential rodent control services to control roof rats on your property, contact us today! Additionally, to schedule a free inspection for your home or property, give us a call today or sign up online!

How can I prevent future problems with roof rats?

The best way to prevent future problems with roof rats is to put into place a year-round residential pest control plan from the experts at DANCAN. In conjunction with professional control, doing the following can help to make your property less appealing to invading roof rats:

  • Seal gaps found in the foundation, exterior walls, along the roof line, and around utilities entering into your home.

  • Trim tree branches back away from the roof of your structure to eliminate possible passageways onto the roof of your home.

  • Store firewood piles, trash cans, and compost bins a good distance away from the exterior of your structure.

  • Remove easy access to food sources by removing wild animal feeders, picking up pet food between feedings, and store pet food in containers with tight-fitting lids.

  • Eliminate water sources by repairing leaky pipes and drains and by making sure that your gutters are working properly.


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