Find Roof Rats Hiding up High in Your Home

Norway rats

Description


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


Colour: Black

Legs: Four

Shape: Long

Size: 16 inches total (6-8 inch body plus 6-8 inch tail)


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 ectoparasites and urinate on food.


Prevention


To prevent rats from entering a home, seal up any holes or cracks larger than a quarter. Remove sources of moisture and harborage.

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