Roof Rat

roof rat

 

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Key Identifying factors:

 

35-45 cm long head to tail

Black

Roof Rats have a slender body, large eyes, and ears with a long tail

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Should I be concerned?

Potential health concerns
Roof rats can be carriers of pathogens such as bubonic plague, typhus, and trichinosis. They carry bacteria and viruses in their systems such as streptococcus pneumoniae, streptobacillus moniliformis, Corynebacterium kutsheri, Pasteurella pneumotropic, and bacillus piriformis. These bacteria and diseases can cause humans to get sick, and some of these are incurable.

What happens if left ignored?
Roof rats reproduce rapidly and can lead to a large infestation; they can spread diseases to you and your family. They will damage your building by chewing on any materials that they can find, and they can contaminate stored foods.

Habitat
Roof rats like to live in cooler regions and urban areas, they can be found living around warehouses, residential buildings, barns, and crop fields. They prefer dry upper levels of buildings, so they are often found in false ceilings, attics and wall cavities

Behaviour

 Roof rats are predators and adapt to different micro-habitats. They tend to forage after sunset. If the food cannot be eaten quickly, they will carry it in search of a place to hoard the food to eat later. They are selective feeders, when offered a wide variety of foods the roof rat will only sample small portions of each. This helps them maintain a diverse food supply.

The roof rat is prey to cats and owls, in less urban areas weasels, foxes and coyotes will prey on them. They are fast climbers making it hard for their prey to get them.

Diet
Roof rats will eat seeds, fruits, fungi, stems, leaves, invertebrates, and vertebrates. You can also find them feeding on cows, chicken, cats, and dogs. Their diets consist of a high-water intake. .

Key tips for prevention
Seal up cracks, holes, and screen windows and vents. Keep your tree shrubs trimmed and away from buildings. Clean up food sources and crumbs, and make sure yours and your pets’ food is stored in sealed containers. Remove any outdoor sources of water.

Caution for self-treatment
Rats are overly sensitive to their environments and will often reject new objects being introduced. You may not be able to tell how big the problem is, and you may not be handling it the way these unique situations require. If not dealt with properly, it can lead to a problem that is harder to control

Hire a professional pest service
A Roof Rat infestation poses many health risks and the potential to cause serious damage to your property. And because of their ability to quickly reproduce, their numbers can quickly get out of control. The best thing you can do is hire a professional service to solve your rat problem

Many do it yourself remedies will do little to tackle the mouse population and can lead to recurrent infestations in your home. Depend on a reputable pest service and get rid of your mouse infestation. Call Integral Pest Services for expert advice and guaranteed results.

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