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Roof Rats

What are roof rats?

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There are two main species of rats that are common invaders of homes and businesses—the Norway rat and the roof rat.

The roof rat is the smaller of the two rats, their light build makes them excellent climbers; in fact, they are often found climbing trees in order to access buildings.

Roof rats are dark brown or black in color with a contrasting lighter-colored underbelly, their tail grows longer than their body. 

The body of the roof rat grows to between 6 and 8 inches in length, and their long scaly tail adds another 6-8 inches to their total body length.

Roof rats have a pointed nose, along with large ears and eyes.

Are roof rats dangerous?

Yes, roof rats are dangerous to have invading your property. Roof rats are a species of rodent, which means that their front incisors are constantly growing, in order to prevent overgrowth rats will chew on anything they come across. In a building, they will chew on and through drywall, insulation, wires (fire danger), pipes (water damage), furniture, clothing, books, and other personal items. Along with destroying property, they spread a lot of diseases and bacteria. Wherever the rat travels they leave behind a trail of urine and feces; rats are known for transmitting serious diseases to people including Salmonellosis and dysentery.

Why do I have a roof rat problem?

Roof rats generally enter into homes or businesses because they offer them easy access to the three things they need for survival-food, water, and shelter. Roof rats can enter your home or business during any time of the year, but do so more in the fall, when the weather cools and they are looking for a safe space to overwinter inside of.

How do I get rid of roof rats?

The most effective way to completely eradicate roof rats from your property is to seek help from the rat control experts at All-American Pest Control. Our professionals can help to find and humanely eliminate all roof rats from your property through our year-round Perimeter Pest Control Program, our Green Choice Pest Control program, or our commercial pest control services for rodents. If rats have become a problem in your home or business contact us to find out how we can get rid of them and help to protect your home or facility from future infestations.


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Can I do it myself?

Do-it-yourself roof rat control options are most often ineffective because they are not used or placed properly, they can also be dangerous for people, pets, and children to come into contact with. Also, DIY rat control does nothing to solve the issue of why the rats are there in the first place, if the question of “how” is not solved a re-infestation will likely occur. If roof rats have infested your home or business the best solution is to contact the Nashville pest control professionals at All-American Pest Control today.

Why choose All-American Pest Control?

With over 50 years of experience, we know the time, effort and patience it takes to solve any pest problem, including problems with dangerous roof rats. By choosing All-American Pest Control, you can be sure that you will receive quality services, thorough treatments, and a commitment to solving your pest problem by our trained, experienced, and friendly experts.

How can I prevent problems with roof rats in the future?

The following prevention tips can help to reduce the chance of a roof rat infestation occurring on your property:

  • Seal cracks, crevices, and spaces found along the foundation, exterior walls, and utility entrances. Basically, repair any area around your home or property that can act as an entry point for these destructive pests.

  • Remember roof rats are climbers; trim back trees, bushes, and other landscaping away from the exterior of your home.

  • Remove easy access to water sources by repairing leaky pipes and drains. Make sure that gutters are working properly.

  • Store food in sealed containers or in the refrigerator; don’t leave food on counters or dirty dishes in the sink.

  • Place pet food in sealed containers whether it is being stored inside or outside of your home.

  • Keep clutter to a minimum in attics, closets, and other storage areas.

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