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Roof rats, also called ship rats or black rats, are found worldwide. They measure 6 to 20 inches (16 to 50 cm).
When combining their head and body length, their tails are considerably longer than the head and body, measuring 7 to 10 inches (19 to 25 cm).
They typically weigh 5 to 9 ounces (150 to 250 g), but the weight can increase to 12 ounces (340 g).
Roof rats inhabit the top levels of homes, attics, and rafters and are common in heaps of debris or wood bundles. Since they prefer covered areas, fruit trees, dense vegetation, and shrubbery are prone to damage by them.
They damage materials by gnawing through them and contaminating stored food, causing food poisoning. They potentially serve as vectors of various diseases, such as typhus, rickettsia, rat-bite fever, trichinosis, and salmonellosis.
Roof rats are and hunt in groups of up to ten. They return to the same food source, following the same route between their nest and meal.
They typically dart around like cats when they feel threatened but are active when looking for food or shelter. Roof rats behave aggressively only when threatened, just like other animals. And as a self-defense mechanism, they bite or chase.
The common signs of roof rat infestation are droppings scattered around the property, tarnished electrical wires, and noise. You can prevent these rodents from invading your property by sealing the cracks and holes.
Also, remember to trim the shrubs and trees, keep the food hidden, and your garbage tightly covered. But if the infestation is severe, it’s crucial to call professional pest control; they’ll inspect your property and can suggest appropriate treatment.