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Roof Rats 101

Roof Rats can often be mistaken for Norway Rats. However, there are a few differences. For one, roof rats are black and brown and are smaller than Norway Rats. Roof rats also have pointier noses and their dropping have pointed edges compared to Norway Rats rounded ones. Roof rats can grow up to 40 cm in length and have big ears and eyes. They get their name from being great climbers and hanging in higher areas such as the roof, trees and attics. These rodents are also called citrus and fruit rats because they most often feed on both. Although these fruits are most preferred, they are carnivores and will eat anything they can get their hands on. Roof rats are rapid reproducers and can produce six to eight babies in a litter. Having an infestation can become extremely dangerous because these rodents carry many different types of diseases. The smell of their urine or touching their droppings or saliva can be the quickest way for a disease to be transmitted. If you have Roof Rats in your home, contact a professional immediately.

Breakdown

Color Size # Legs
Dark Brown/Black 40 cm Four

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Roof Rats 101

Roof Rats can often be mistaken for Norway Rats. However, there are a few differences. For one, roof rats are black and brown and are smaller than Norway Rats. Roof rats also have pointier noses and their dropping have pointed edges compared to Norway Rats rounded ones. Roof rats can grow up to 40 cm in length and have big ears and eyes. They get their name from being great climbers and hanging in higher areas such as the roof, trees and attics. These rodents are also called citrus and fruit rats because they most often feed on both. Although these fruits are most preferred, they are carnivores and will eat anything they can get their hands on. Roof rats are rapid reproducers and can produce six to eight babies in a litter. Having an infestation can become extremely dangerous because these rodents carry many different types of diseases. The smell of their urine or touching their droppings or saliva can be the quickest way for a disease to be transmitted. If you have Roof Rats in your home, contact a professional immediately.

Breakdown

Color Size # Legs
Dark Brown/Black 40 cm Four

Danger/Destruction Rating

Signs of an Infestation

Once Roof Rats make their way into your home, it will be very difficult to stop them from infesting. This is a problem you have to take care of quickly because they are very fast reproducers. These rodents rarely come out during the day, so if you see them scurrying around that could be a sign that there is an overcrowding problem in their nest. You will also start to smell an unpleasant odor which is a mixture of urine and feces. Their droppings which have pointed ends may be noticeable around the house as well. Roof rats also produce grease in their fur so you might find grease marks in areas that they travel.

Signs of an Infestation

Once Roof Rats make their way into your home, it will be very difficult to stop them from infesting. This is a problem you have to take care of quickly because they are very fast reproducers. These rodents rarely come out during the day, so if you see them scurrying around that could be a sign that there is an overcrowding problem in their nest. You will also start to smell an unpleasant odor which is a mixture of urine and feces. Their droppings which have pointed ends may be noticeable around the house as well. Roof rats also produce grease in their fur so you might find grease marks in areas that they travel.

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