Nobody wants rats or any other rodents in their home. These disease-carrying vermin can do a great deal of damage, and once a colony forms, it can be challenging to get rid of. They breed quickly, and one pregnant rat can result in the worst infestation.
Getting rid of rats means identifying the type you have before using the proper deterrents to eliminate and prevent colonies. Learn about roof rats, what makes them dangerous, and the steps you can take to stop them once and for all.
What Are Roof Rats?
Roof rats can be found almost anywhere but are most common in coastal and southern U.S. They’re also called palm, fruit, Alexandrian, or ship rats. They can grow up to 18 inches in length and weigh more than 5 ounces. They tend to be black with sleek bodies. Despite their size, they can squeeze through holes the size of a nickel.
These rodents are termed roof rats because of their impressive climbing. They tend to nest in attics, ceilings, cabinets, and around pool areas. The moist areas offer them quick access to food and water, while the upper regions of homes keep them warm.
One thing that sets roof rats apart from others is that they don’t rely heavily on meat scraps or animal products. They prefer foods like plants, chicken feed, pet food, paper, and even candle wax though omnivorous.
Follow these 4 easy rodent control tips and prevent these pests from entering your home.
Why Are Roof Rats Dangerous?
Like all rodents, roof rats can carry parasites that bring disease as fleas and ticks do. They are unsanitary creatures whose fecal matter can also spread pathogens into your home and contaminate food supplies. They might even bite or scratch if you come across one, which can transmit illnesses like rat-bite fever.
Along with diseases, roof rats will also chew through pipes (including metal) to get to water and wood to make nests. That means they can damage plumbing and your home’s structure. They can even cause electrical fires by chewing through power lines.
These creatures are far more than just pests. They’re dangerous to your home and family.
Traps to Get Rid of Roof Rats
In order to reduce roof rats, you must start with trapping them. Begin with the right bait to tempt rats into traps. Dried fruits and nuts are the best bait to use, but peanut butter, insects, dental floss, and snail shells can also be effective baits. Start by baiting the area for a few days before laying the trap, so the rats get used to it.
The best traps to snare rodents include: snap, electronic, glue, and ultrasonic, however, getting control of a colony may require professional help.
To learn more about effective rat traps, read more here.
For advice and help getting your rat infestation under control, contact Dr. Death Pest Control today!