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Pest Facts: Roof Ratsroof rats1

Description
Roof rats get their name from their tendency to be found in the upper parts of buildings. Ranging in size from 6 to 8 inches in length, not including their tails, they have very poor vision and are color blind. They do have extremely strong senses of hearing, smell, touch and taste and are excellent climbers.

Pest Facts

  • Color:  Brown to Black
  • Legs:  Four
  • Shape:  Long and slender
  • Size:  16 inches total (6-8" body plus 6-8" tail)
  • Antennae:  No
  • Flying:  No
  • Region:  Southern US and West Coast

Habits
Roof rats are known for the damage they cause by chewing on materials and eating stored foods.

Habitat
Roof rats can be found in the upper parts of buildings, and can also be found under, in and around structures. They only need a space of one-half inch to get into buildings.

Threats
Roof rats secured their place in history by spreading the highly dangerous bubonic plague. They support many ecto-parasites and urinate on food.

Prevention
Seal up any holes or cracks larger than a quarter to prevent rats from entering a home. Remove sources of moisture and harborage.

 

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San Antonio
  • Phone:
    (210) 591-1327
  • Fax:
    (210) 734-0218
  • Address: 
    Worldwide Pest Control                    
    5808 W IH 10
    San Antonio, TX 78201
  • Hours of Operation
    Monday through Saturday
    24-Hour Response Time
Austin
  • Phone: 
    (512) 549-4099
  • Address: 
    Worldwide Pest Control
    2101 North Interstate 35 Frontage Road #127
    Austin, TX 78741
  • Hours of Operation
    Monday through Saturday
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