Roof rats resemble Norway rats, but they are smaller—and still pose a big danger to your health. These black rats have brownish-black bodies with lighter undersides. They are capable of growing up to six inches long. They’re also known for having long, scaly tails.
These omnivorous rodents are called roof rats because of their tendency to make their home near the upper portions of buildings, such as roof voids or attics. These pests are invasive and are responsible for a variety of problems in your home, including spreading illnesses through their droppings and increasing the risk of fire in your home as they chew through wood, insulation, and—perhaps most importantly—electrical wiring.
How Do I Know I Have Roof Rats?
Common signs of a roof rat infestation are obvious, such as droppings. In addition, check for gnawed surfaces and exposed electrical wires.
How to Get Rid of Roof Rats
While DIY tactics may help you snag a few mice or one problem pack rat, it can’t get rid of every rodent. Call a professional who knows what to look for and can provide several rodent removal services, including:
- Live traps
- Bait traps
- Snap traps
- Long-term exclusion and trapping programs
Using professional pest control from Burns Pest Elimination can stop rodents from jeopardizing your health and destroying your property. The number-one way to fix a rodent infestation is to stop it from happening in the first place. Our pest experts can help put an integrated pest management (IPM) plan in place. IPM plans are designed to offer proactive protection for your property and can be customized to meet your unique pest control needs.
If you have a rodent problem—or simply want to prevent one—contact our team today to learn more about pest control for your home or business.