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What is a Roof Rat?
Two species of rodents are most common in the U.S.: the Norway rat and the roof rat. Along with the common house mouse, both rats are believed to have been brought to the U.S. aboard ships bound for the New World in the 17th and 18th centuries.
What do they look like?
- General - large and bulky
- Body color - coarse brown fur
- Belly color - gray to grayish brown underbelly
- Weight - 7 to 18 ounces
- Length - about 16 inches long
Are Roof Rats dangerous?
Norway rats dig burrows in which to live and these can cause numerous problems, including the decreasing the stability of homes and buildings when they dig beneath them, blocking of sewer lines when nearby, and spoiling the look of landscaping of yards. As climbers, roof rats are more likely to cause structural damage in homes as they chew on wood and wires. They can also reduce harvest as they will climb trees and feed on the fruit.
Rats can spread disease through biting or contact with their fecal matter, or droppings. The most common diseases transmitted to humans or animals by rats are:
- rat bite fever
- murine typhus.
Where will you find Roof Rats?
Because rats are nocturnal and are most active at night, an infestation can develop before a rodent is ever seen. For this reason, it is best to keep an eye - and an ear - out for signs of rodent presence.
- live or dead rats.
- droppings, especially around human or pet food or in or around trash areas.
- noises in the dark, such as scratching sounds from the attic.
- nests or piled nesting materials in hidden areas.
- evidence of gnawing of wires or structural wood.
- burrows around the yard; under the home or outbuildings; or gnawed fruits in trees.
- smudge marks along walls or rodent hairs along paths, in nests, or near food.
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