December 17, 2019
How Do You Get Rid Of Roof Rats In Montgomery, TX
Have you seen a rat in your home? If so, it is quite likely you saw a roof rat. The two rats that most commonly get into homes are roof rats and Norway rats. But, of the two, roof rats prefer to stay inside. Norway rats are burrowing animals that create nests underground. So unless you have a patch of soil inside your home, Norway rats will be outside. That isn't to say that you can't ever have Norway rats living inside your home. They do create interior nests sometimes. It is just not common. Today, we're talking about how roof rats get into Montgomery homes, some of the things you can expect from them when they get inside, and how to get rid of them.
Roof Rat Identification
Roof rats come in a few different colors but they are usually black. This has led some to refer to them as black rats. They may also be called ship rats or house rats. The body of an adult roof rat is around 5 to 7 inches long and its tail adds another 5 to 8 inches. Baby roof rats are sometimes mistaken for mice. You can tell them apart by the baby rat's tail, large head, and small ears.
How Roof Rats Get In
Roof rats are excellent climbers and they prefer to nest in high places. This will have these rodents attempting to enter your home through entry points on your roof. They often use tree limbs, external vegetation or gutter systems to get up there. Once on your roof, they'll exploit entry points in the following places:
- Roof soffit intersections. This is where one roof passes over another roof.
- Gaskets around pipes or skylights.
- Gaps around utility lines.
- Roofline trough. Along your roofline, underneath your shingles, is a trough. If roof rats chew and scratch on your shingles, they can gain access to this trough and find their way into your attic.
Problems Roof Rats Cause
There are many ways a roof rat can be a threat to your health and property. Here are just a few of them.
- The holes they create when they get into your home can allow rainwater to get in. This can lead to wood rot, mold and other serious issues.
- The holes they create when they get in can allow other pests to get in—pests that would otherwise be sealed outside.
- They can get into your stored foods and contaminate it with their feces and with tiny organisms attached to their fur.
- They can carry ticks, fleas and other ectoparasites throughout your home.
- Roof rats damage stored items, such as furniture and clothing.
- Roof rats can chew on wires inside wall voids. This can cause a spark and lead to a house fire.
Roof Rat Prevention Tips
If you don't have roof rats inside your Montgomery home yet, there are a few things you can do to prevent an infestation.
- Trim tree branches away from your roof.
- Put wire mesh in your downspouts.
- Move objects away from your exterior walls. This removes hiding places.
- Keep the landscaping near your home trimmed. This makes rodents feel exposed when they explore your exterior.
- Make sure outside trash cans are covered and secure.
- Address any moisture conditions that allow puddles to form near your home. These provide a drink for rats.
When Rats Get In
If you already have a roof rat problem in your Montgomery home, it is time to call Bill Clark Pest Control. Our expertly trained pest control professionals use trusted rodent control products and strategies to find and remove rats. We can help you get roof rats out and keep them out. Contact us today for immediate assistance.
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