The idea of rats coming into your home is bad enough; now imagine those rats getting in through the roof and coming down into your walls. Unfortunately, if you have a roof rat infestation, that could be exactly what happens. Roof rats are very similar to other rat species when it comes to damaging homes and spreading diseases. However, what sets them apart from other rats is their ability to climb. Roof rats are adept climbers, which means you not only have to worry about them coming through holes in the foundation of your home but via the roof, as well. Because there are so many ways for roof rats to get into your Ventura County home, you need to know the preventive measures that you can take to help keep them out, and keep your family safe.
Identifying Roof Rats
Roof rats are large rats, with bodies measuring up to 10″, and a total length of up to 18” long including their tails. Roof rats are primarily sleek black or dark brown in color. They are sometimes confused with Norway rats; however, roof rats have longer tails and pointier noses. Roof rats, like all rodents, have large front incisors that grow continuously throughout their lives. They must constantly gnaw on objects in order to prevent their teeth from overgrowing.
Dangers Posed By Roof Rat Infestations
Because roof rats need to always chew objects to keep their teeth from growing too long, they are capable of inflicting all sorts of damage to the inside of homes. They have been known to chew clothing, furniture, wiring, piping, drywall, and just about anything else they encounter.
In addition to this, roof rats can spread a multitude of diseases. Not only do they carry diseases themselves, but roof rats can also contaminate surfaces with harmful bacteria and pathogens through their feces, urine, and saliva. Some diseases that roof rats have been known to spread include hantavirus, LCM, Lassa fever, rat-bite fever, leptospirosis, plague, salmonellosis, and tularemia.
Roof rats have also been known to carry other parasites such as fleas, mites, and ticks. If a roof rat carrying any of these parasites gets into your home, it could then spread these unwanted pests throughout it. Overall, there are numerous reasons you don’t want roof rats to get into your home.
Roof Rat Prevention Tips
When it comes to roof rat prevention, your primary objectives should be to take away any food or water sources that may be attracting them inside and seal off any possible entry points. To accomplish this, you should:
- Fill in any holes around the exterior of your home including under eaves and on the roof.
- Place a cap on the chimney of your home.
- Cover vents with wire mesh or other material to keep rats from getting in.
- Store all food in airtight containers or the refrigerator.
- Take out the trash regularly.
- Store trash in bins with tight-fitting lids.
- Fix any leaky pipes or fixtures in your home.
- Wipe up any spills from floors or countertops immediately.
- Pick up any uneaten pet food after your pet has finished eating.
For More Roof Rat Advice & Assistance
If you have any further questions regarding roof rat prevention, or if you require assistance in dealing with a roof rat infestation, call the professionals here at Ventura County Pest Control right away. Not only will we effectively eliminate any roof rat infestation with which you are currently dealing, but we will also work with you to better protect your home from any future infestations. Don’t let roof rats invade your home and threaten the health of your family. Give us a call today.