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What do roof rats look like?
If you are staring at a rat you probably don’t care what type of rat it is, you just want it gone and while we don’t blame you, proper identification allows our rodent control pros to implement measures that will be most effective. With that in mind, you can tell a roof rat by its brownish to black coloring.
Though not exactly helpful unless you have one to compare the size with but roof rats are slightly smaller than Norway rats. They're also a great climber, poor swimmer, and because of their climbing skills are generally found in trees and higher levels of buildings and attics.
Are roof rats dangerous?
Roof rats like most rodents are shy and elusive, but they still are considered to be dangerous. Roof rats, like other types of rodents in New York, can carry and spread Salmonellosis and dysentery as well as other serious diseases.
Why do I have a roof rat problem?
Roof rats may enter structures in order to find food, water and shelter. As we already mentioned, they are great climbers and may climb trees and bushes to access the roof and other openings on the exterior.
How do you get rid of roof rats?
Roof rat prevention tips
Keep roof rats (and other rodents for that matter) out with these pest-proofing tips:
Seal cracks, crevices and spaces found along the foundation and around utility entrances.
Trim trees and bushes away from the exterior of your home or building.
Keep clutter to a minimum in attics, garages and other storage areas; the more clutter the more area they have to nest in and the longer it may take you to notice their presence.
Fix leaky pipes and drains so that they do not have access to easy water sources.
Do not store produce and other food on your kitchen counters; instead keep it in sealed containers in your cabinets, or in the refrigerator.