New York City has sewer rats and Arizona, and other states, have roof rats. Both of these rodents make people squirm, but roof rats also cause damage to peoples homes, their belongings and potentially can cause health problems.
The roof rat is also known as the black rat, the rodent was called the black rat mostly in the Middle Ages. The rat’s name is also a reminder of the plague or Black Death, which the species was the initial carrier of the plague. Still to this day the roof rat still carries just as harmful diseases on its body. Also the roof rat can carry fleas, lice, bacteria, and parasites. The health implications are serious, and unlike spiders or scorpions they do not have to physically bite a person to infect them. Roof rat’s droppings that are often left behind, sometimes in gross high amounts, can cause a person to become ill. Not only are the rats carriers of diseases, what they leave behind can still have the potential to get a person sick. See how to handle this situation if it occurs by reading our blog on the diseases roof rats carry.
If you see droppings, how are you to know they are from a roof rat or a common house mouse? The droppings of a roof rat are actually long and cylindrical; the droppings are the most useful tool to determine if they have infiltrated your home. These rodents are nocturnal, so catching them out and about in your home in the day does not usually happen. It is what the rat leaves behind that will help you decide how to handle them. Although there is a chance you could find them sleeping in your attic. In order to tell if the rat is an actual roof rat look for these characteristics they can be as long as 18 inches, sometimes their tails are shorter than their bodies, have large ears and have a brown to black colored fur.
Having a professional Arizona pest control company come out to evaluate the mess and decide best way to get rid of the rodents is an option. Otherwise homeowners can set traps themselves. Often times this can be a challenge as the roof rats are usually in high places, in the inner structure of the home, or they can be in the attic. If the roof rats are just hanging out in the attic it will be an easier task. If the dirty rodents are within the walls it is a job for a professional Arizona exterminator to handle. There are more places roof rats like to call home, find out more about where else roof rats like to call home.
Having the rats within the inner structure of the home can not only be disgusting it can also be a huge danger. A favorite thing for roof rats is to chew and gnaw on things, often things like wires. This problem could lead to electrical problems in the future and or even worse a possible electrical fire. It is very important to take roof rats seriously as they can cause serious damage.
Another important reason why a home owner should have the problem taken care of immediately is that the rats could have had babies. Although someone might just discover the problem it could be something that has been happening for months. In that time frame the roof rat could have reproduced. These rats can have up to 6-10 babies in a liter which only makes the problem worse. Once a homeowner is positive that they have gotten rid of all the rats there are actions they can take to make sure the roof rats can not get back in the home.
Although roof rats can range anywhere from 13 to 18 inches long it only takes a small hole for them to enter a home through. A local pest control company can come to a home and close up any entries from the outside into the home. Here is a more specific list of things to do to keep rats out of your house.
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