Roof Rat – Rattus rattus

Color: Blackroofrat, Grey or Brown
Legs: Four
Shape: Long
Size: 16 inches total (6-8″ body plus 6-8″ tail)

Description
Roof rats get their name from their tendency to be found in the upper parts of buildings. Ranging in size from 6 to 8 inches in length, not including their tails, they have very poor vision and are color blind. They do have extremely strong senses of hearing, smell, touch and taste.

Habits
Roof rats are known for the damage they cause by chewing on materials and eating stored foods.

Habitat
Roof rats can be found in the upper parts of buildings, and can also be found under, in and around structures. They only need a space of one-half inch to get into buildings.

Threats
Roof rats secured their place in history by spreading the highly dangerous bubonic plague. They support many ectoparasites and urinate on food.

Prevention
To prevent rats from entering a home, seal up any holes or cracks larger than a quarter. Remove sources of moisture and harborage.

Rats often destroy insulation value with their tunneling and chewing of vapour barriers.

We also provide solutions for rodent clean up and insulation removal.  Often times we find insulation that is badly contaminated with rodent droppings and urine.  When we remove insulation it often uncovers locations where rodents are gaining access.  To find out more or to request a quote please Contact Us

 

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