Roof Rats

What Do Roof Rats Look Like?

  • Very lightweight, weighing 5-10 ounces but grow up to 16” long
  • Grey with white, buff or grey bellies
  • Long hairless tails
  • Pointed snout
  • Large ears

What Type Of Colony Do Roof Rats Create?

Rats tend to segregate themselves but will live together if confined. The more dominant rats will enjoy the best habitat and food supply. When they do build their nests, it will likely be in a high place like trees and on greenery structures. Although they enjoy those high spots, they’ll live near a water supply, on farms and near poultry. Chicken coups are a favorite spot. How do I know if I have an infestation?

The first sign you’ll probably notice is droppings. With further investigation you will find their indoor hiding places as they will nest in walls, insulation and empty boxes. They also will chew and destroy pipes, tubing, upholstery, and electrical wiring so you may see some evidence there as well. If you suspect you have an infestation, do not attempt to catch the rats by hand. Their bites are known to be contaminated with Streptobacillus moniliformis or Spirillum minus. This bite can lead to Rat Bite Fever. About 10 days after the wound has healed, one should watch for fever, vomiting, headache and pain in joints and back. The safest thing to do is contact a pest control service to rid your home of the rats. They also spread disease through their urine, feces and the fleas that they carry.

What Do Roof Rats Eat?

They are mostly omnivores but eat citrus fruit, vegetables, bark, nuts and seeds.

Roof Rats Fun Facts

  • Roof rats spend most of their lives living 4 feet off the ground.
  • Roof rats can enter through openings the size of a nickel and will gnaw their way into homes through the wood and drywall.
  • Roof rats will chew through pipes to get to a water source.
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