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Getting Rid of the Roof Rat

Rattus Rattus is commonly known as the roof rat, black rat or ship rat.  Wild rat infestations of people's homes come mainly from two breeds of rat: the brown rat (Rattus norvegicus)and the roof rat (Rattus rattus).  Rattus Rattus is commonly known as the roof rat, black rat or ship rat and is well known for carrying the plague. 

Bait stations

Bait stations should be placed where residents believe roof rats are either nesting or feeding.  These bait stations, such as the EZ Kleen Tamper proof bait station,  safely contain the recommended poison for the roof rat.  Bait stations, which have been an effective tool in battling roof rats are available for purchase at our rat solutions section.  Bait stations are for rodent bait or snap traps not for trapping the roof rat.  Placing bait stations every 10 or so linear feet around property/structure will insure baiting success.

Rodent baits recommended are Final Blox and Contrac Bait blox.

Pest Control

Literally thousands of house fires each year are caused by pest control practices that fail to get rid of roof rats. A roof rat problem goes well beyond the average pest control issue. 

Like Norway rats, roof rats eat a wide variety of foods, but their food preferences are primarily fruits, nuts, berries, slugs, and snails.  The roof rat likes to live above the ground and it eats mostly vegetables, fruits, nuts and berries.  They will eat almost anything, but roof rats prefer fruits, nuts, grains, and vegetables. 

Roof Rat

The Roof Rat average body weight is 6 to 12 oz, and has a long slender body, usually 6 to 8 inches in length; the nose is pointed compared to the Norway Rat and the ears are large and very prominently displayed; The tail is long and uniform in color, and can usually reach the tip of its nose; The color is black on the back and grayish white on the underside.

Droppings are pointed and average 1/2" in length

The roof rat typically eats seed, fruits, vegetables, and grains and eggs; the roof rat will consume about an oz of food and an oz of water each day, producing 30 to 180 droppings per day; There are 6 – 14 pups in a litter, and 3 – 7 liters per year; adults live about 18 months.

Roof Rats usually enter and nest in upper portions of buildings. They can nest outside in trees, especially in palms and ivy; They rarely burrow and are excellent climbers; Very active at night; Rats are suspicious of changes in the environment or new foods, for this reason it may take a couple of days for traps or poison baits to take. Rats are nocturnal, with their peak activity at dusk or before dawn. When the population is large or they are disturbed or hungry, you can see activity during the day.

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