Roof Rat Overview

Habitat
In the wild, roof rats live among the trees, and their preference for being off the ground leads them to nest in rafters and attics when infesting homes.

Droppings
Due to the hard-to-reach nature of these areas, severe problems often arise involving roof rat droppings and urine. The pests’ waste builds up, causing health issues and unpleasant smells.

Issues with Droppings

  • Disease: When the pests make it into kitchens and eat stored food, salmonellosis can be spread to humans by means of fecal contamination.
  • Odor: Rodent feces is not only unsanitary, but it has a strong odor that intensifies when left in hot attics during the summer.
  • Accumulation: If infestations go unchecked for weeks or months, roof rat droppings can accumulate and collections are difficult to safely clean.

Appearance of Droppings

Roof rat droppings are pointed at the tips, banana shaped, and about three-sixteenths of an inch in diameter.

At one half of an inch long, they are easy to distinguish from much smaller mouse droppings. Black or brown in color, roof rat droppings dry out over time and can dissolve into dust upon being disturbed.

Deterring Roof Rats

Roof Rat Removal
Outdoors, rodents are attracted to leaves and thick ground cover, so keeping the yard debris-free can prevent infestations of roof rats. Homeowners can also try baits and traps.

Call the Experts
However, these methods are often ineffective and unreliable, which is why Western Pest should be contacted to safely remove rodents and clean roof rat droppings from the home.

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