Roof Rat Facts, Appearance and Diet
Rodent Health Threats and Concerns
The Roof Rat is smaller and sleeker than the Norway Rat and is typically brown in color with black interspersed, although color variations exist within the species. Adult Roof Rats measure about 16 inches in length including the tail, however, the tail is longer than the body.
The Roof Rat lives among exterior vegetation and in the upper structures of buildings, such as attics, tree tops and inaccessible ceiling spaces.
Gnaw marks, droppings, rodent urine stains, damaged goods, runways, burrows and audible rodent noises are all evidence of a rodent problem.
Roof Rat Health Threats & Concerns
The Roof Rat is able to gnaw through a variety of materials of varying hardness, including: wood, aluminum, metal sheathing, sheet rock, soft cement, asphalt and soft metals like copper and lead. Rats have been known to chew through plastic water pipes and irrigation systems to gain access to water. Rats in attics can gnaw on utility wires and structural wood, causing damage and potentially causing a fire.
Roof Rat Infestation
Roof Rats reproduce frequently and can produce up to 4-6 litters per year. An average rat litter ranges from 6-8 young with the pregnant female rat giving birth after 22 days. Young roof rats are capable of reproducing at an average of 2-5 months of age. The rapid breeding of roof rats can produce a rat infestation seemingly overnight.
Roof Rat Inspection
Our service technician will begin the initial rodent control service and any follow-up services with a complete inspection. Your rodent control expert will identify potential harborages, runways, points of entry and will point out evidence of rat activity. Once the inspection is completed, the technician will recommend an appropriate rodent control service for your rat problem.
Roof Rat Control
AmeriGuard Pest Defense provides a variety of different rat control options depending on your unique situation and budget. We provide baiting and trapping services for all rodent issues.
Rodent Service Frequency
There are different rodent services for different rat problems. A 30-Day Rodent Control Baiting Program may be recommended to control and eliminate an isolated or emerging rodent problem. Some residential and commercial customers will be better serviced with an ongoing rodent control service. Monthly and Bi-Monthly Rodent Control Services are available. Regular rodent services may be advised if your home or business borders wildlands, vacant lots, open fields or neighboring yards with rodent problems.
Getting Rid of Rats
Certain structural modifications need to be made to ensure complete rodent control. Below are some suggested changes that should be made to achieve optimum rodent elimination.
- Seal cracks, crevices and gaps
- Keep trash containers tightly sealed
- Keep pet food covered and secured
- Remove wood piles from the structure
- Elevate stored lumber and firewood
- Remove clutter and nesting spots
- Trim trees back from the roof
- Keep shrubs trimmed back from the structure
- Pick up fallen and unharvested fruit
- Make sure thresholds and door sweeps are tightly sealed
- Replace broken or missing window screens
- Clean up seed from bird feeders
Scheduling a Rodent Treatment Service
Contact your rodent service experts at AmeriGuard Pest Defense for a free rodent control quote. Most quotes for residential and commercial rodent services can be provided over the phone without any obligation. AmeriGuard Pest Defense’s Rodent Maintenance Program will help to reduce current rodents. A rodent exclusion service will help to prevent future interior rodent problems. No contracts required!
Rodent Decontamination & Clean-Up Services
Rodent Health & Safety Threats
Rodents carry and transmit diseases, including salmonella, tapeworm, murine typhus and others. Rats and mice defecate where they feed. Rats can produce up to 50 droppings a day, whereas the House Mouse can produce up to 100 droppings in a 24 hour period. Rodent urine contains a pheromone that attracts other rodents and causes allergies in children. Rodents in the attic can destroy insulation by using it as nesting material. Dead rodents decay and cause an offensive odor that can be overwhelming and bothersome.
Rodent Clean Up Program
AmeriGuard Pest Defense can provide you with a quote on cleaning up and decontaminating areas where there is a presence of dead rodents and rodent excrement (feces, urine, or saliva) as well as remove all accessible rodents inside and fully clean out the accessible areas of your attic to remedy the mess and get rid of the rodent odor that was left behind. These services are specialized and require the use of personal protective equipment, respirators, and sanitizers.