All rats are the worst, but there’s something about roof rats that make them especially terrible. These rats can grow to be over a foot long and weigh more than half a pound. Roof rat infestations can be particularly damaging because these rats are so good at climbing, so it’s pretty much impossible to keep them out of anything. Roof rats can climb into your attic, your home’s rafters, and of course your roof. Not only do roof rats spread lots of diseases, but they can also damage your Sarasota, FL property. Below, we’ll talk about ways you can prevent roof rats and what to do if you get an infestation.
What Do Roof Rats In Sarasota Look Like?
Roof rats are also called black rats or ship rats. These rats are darker than a lot of other rat varieties. They range from dark brown to black, though they don’t have a lot of hair, and their belly is sometimes lighter than the rest of their body. Roof rats have longer ears than many other rat species, and they also have long, scaly tails that drag the ground. They are smaller than Norway rats but larger than mice and some other rat varieties.
What Are The Dangers Of Roof Rats In Sarasota?
Just like pretty much every other rat variety, roof rats spread tons of diseases. They contaminate everything they touch with their dirty feet, their droppings, and their hair. They also bring all the parasites living on their bodies into your home, including fleas, ticks, and worms. Worst of all, they carry a multitude of different diseases, including:
- Murine Typhus
- Rat-Bite Fever
Some of these diseases can cause severe illness and may even be deadly. Another big problem with roof rats is their propensity to destroy property. Rats chew holes in walls and rip up plush items like blankets and cushions to make their nests. They might even use machinery and appliances as nesting sites. Some spots they love include under the hoods of unused cars, outdoor grills, chimneys, and more.
Another big issue is roof rats’ constant gnawing. Like all rodents, roof rats have teeth that never stop growing. That means they have to constantly gnaw to grind them down. Roof rats love to chew on anything hard that will help them keep their teeth the right length, including electrical wiring, wood, hard plastic, and metal.
How Can I Keep Roof Rats Off My Sarasota Property?
Most of the measures you take to keep rodents off your property should work on roof rats, but you’ll need to take their climbing abilities into account. Do things like:
- Seal up cracks and holes in your home’s exterior. Make sure to include the roof and attic when you inspect for possible rat entry points. You’ll also need to cap your chimney to keep them from getting in that way.
- Store food properly. Make sure to keep all pantry foods and staples (including pet foods) in hard plastic containers.
- Keep all indoor and outdoor garbage covered with tight-fitting lids.
- Consider getting a cat or dog to discourage rat activity.
Unfortunately, the reality is rats are highly motivated to get in your home because it’s an easy source of food and shelter. That means that even your toughest measures might not keep roof rats away. Here at Rodent Solutions, we can help you keep your Sarasota home or commercial property rat-free. All our ongoing treatment plans include rodent monitoring and control, so let our certified technicians boot the rats off your roof. Give us a call at (903) 525-6430 or visit our contact page to schedule your inspection today.