In most cases, a creature’s name does not describe what they actually do or what they are. For instance, a killer whale doesn’t really go around killing people. And a honey badger is not actually made of honey. But joking aside, today we are talking about roof rats. Do they actually climb on roofs? And, if so, what kind of threats do they pose to homes? We will answer these questions, and more, right now.
What Are Roof Rats?
Out of the two most common rats here in North America, the roof rat is the smallest, although their size does not make them any less of a threat to a home. In fact, roof rats are one of the most problematic rodent pests. Part of the reason for this is that they are amazing climbers, hence their name. Brown in color with lighter-colored undersides, these rodents can be found up high, nesting in roof voids and attics. To answer our title question: Yes, there are seriously rats on our Ventura County roofs.
How Roof Rats Get Inside
Because roof rats can climb and chew through practically anything, their options to get into a home are numerous. If there is a single hole anywhere, or a patch of damage that gives them access to wall voids, they can get inside. Often they will climb to the top of a home and look for entryways.
Are Roof Rats Dangerous?
Fortunately for us, roof rats are terrified of people and will rarely venture out into a home during the day. But, unfortunately, just by being in a home, they are a threat. Wherever a rodent leaves it’s fecal matter and urine, there is a chance for disease. In addition to this, roof rats commonly host fleas, ticks, and mites. Between fleas, ticks, and rats, here are some diseases they are known to spread.
- (rat) Salmonellosis
- (rat) Rat-Bite Fever
- (rat) Leptospirosis
- (flea) Murine Typhus
- (flea) Bubonic Plague
- (tick) Lyme Disease
If this wasn’t enough, roof rats are also destructive with their sharp teeth, chewing through anything in their way including utility piping, walls, cabinets, and even electrical wiring.
4 Great Rodent Prevention Tips
- Use steel wool and a caulking gun to seal up gaps, cracks, and holes in your home’s exterior foundation and roof line.
- Fix more serious damage that could allow rats a way in.
- Limit food sources by storing leftovers in plastic containers and cleaning regularly.
- Reduce clutter inside and outside of your home. This reduces the places roof rats are able to hide and find shelter.
Why Call The Professionals For Roof Rats?
Because of the potential dangers that come with roof rats, it is not recommended to treat for them alone. Here at Ventura County Pest Control, we have the tools and knowledge needed to safely handle roof rats to get them out of your home quickly. If you suspect your home has a rodent problem, reach out to us today and let us find the best solution for your pest problem.