Pest Facts: Roof Rats

Roof Rats

Roof Rats (Rattus rattus )

Color:Black
Legs:Four
Shape:Long
Size:16" total (6-8" body plus 6-8" tail)
Antennae:No
Flight:No

Roof rats can be found all 50 states.

Roof rats are also knows as black rats and are not native to North America.

Habits
Roof rats prefer a diet similar to squirrels, feasting on nuts and fruits. They forage after sunset and carry any food they do not consume to a food cache.

Habitat
They are named roof rats because of their preference for nesting off the ground. Trees are a favorite home but they also like the upper stories of buildings.

Threats
Roof rats carry and spread disease not only through biting, but also through their urine and feces.

Prevention
Black rats are agile climbers and you can inhibit their entry by keeping vines and overhanging branches to a minimum. Be sure that all access points along your roofline are tightly sealed. Keep fallen fruits and nuts cleaned up. If you think you have an infestation, a pest control agency should be called immediately.

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