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How To Control Roof RatsRoof Rat

There are two common household pests that freak homeowners out the most and they both start with the letter “R”. You have roaches, and you have rats. While both are troublesome pests, rats can do a lot more damage than roaches can in your home, especially the roof rat. If you are kept up at night from the sounds of clawing, gnawing and squeaks either coming from your ceiling or beyond your home walls, it may very well be a roof rat lurking about and making itself at home.

Roof rats--also known as attic, citrus, or black rats--are rodents that are slightly smaller than their cousin, the Norway rat. The roof rat is usually dark brown to black in color and measures 13 to 18 inches in length including tail. They weigh between 5 to 9 ounces, are slender, and their ears are large and nearly hairless. Roof rats derive their name from the fact that they are natural climbers and like to nest in attics, roofs and upper parts of buildings.

Roof rats are a major household pest that has a lot of the same tendencies as the Norway rat in that they both like to live in close proximity to humans and prefer to live in man-made dwellings rather than out in the wild. Roof rats are chronic gnawers and are known to be carriers of disease such as plague, jaundice, rat-bite fever, cowpox virus, trichinosis and salmonellosis.

If you have Roof rats invading your home, stopping them before their populations get out of control is a must. Solutions Pest and Lawn has all the products you need to eliminate these rodents and also provide free how-to advice from our DIY pest control experts.

How To Get Rid of Roof Rats: 4 Step Solution

The best way to tackle a roof rat infestation is by having a solid control plan. This means doing your homework a bit about the creature and learning about their habits and tendencies so you can effectively eliminate them. At Solutions Pest and Lawn, we not only carry the best professional-grade products for rodent control, we also have a rich knowledge base of how-to guides and helpful articles to conduct DIY pest control. There are three basic steps when it comes getting rid of a roof rat infestation: sanitation, control via baiting and trapping, and exclusion.

Step 1: To start with addressing your roof rat problem, it is imperative to perform a detailed inspection of your home to get an idea of where roof rats are hiding out or frequenting. This will also help you in your control strategy by determining where would be best to set bait and traps. A few things to watch out for include: rat droppings, listen for squeaks and noises (particularly at night when rats are the most active), gnawing marks, burrows, runways, urine stains and foul odors.

Step 2: Sanitation. This is the most crucial step to focus in on it will make or break the effectiveness of the products and traps you use to eliminate the roof rats. Rats are in your home in the first place because they have access to food and water sources that they can use for nourishment as well as shelter to keep warm. By conducting a thorough sanitation of the area, this will remove the food and water options they are living off of and they have little options and will be desperate for whatever they find. This is when the power is shifted in your hands. Reduce clutter as much as possible, vacuum, sweep-up and mop up food crumbs and grease and oils around the kitchen.

Step 3: Once a detailed sanitation and cleanup has been conducted, you can then lay out baits and traps. Roof rats will be eager to take any bait you leave out if you did a good job with sanitation as they would have little other options. Either starve or take the bait. We have a variety of control options to choose from, starting with baits like Eratication which should be placed inside an Aegis bait station. We also suggest laying out a lethal trap like the Snap-E Rat Snap Trap or non-lethal like a JT Rat Stick Glue Board. What you choose depends on your preference. Trapping is a better method to use indoors while baits are better to use outdoors because with trapping you can get rid of the foul smelling carcass with more ease.

Step 4: At this point, those Roof rats should be gone from your home. Don’t celebrate just yet as you need to carry out exclusion measures to discourage rats from seeking out your home again. Maintain a clean and sanitary home, take out trash regularly, seal gaps and holes in your home which would be used as a point of entry with caulking. You should also use Stuff-It Copper Mesh to place around plumbing pipes and wires to discourage rat activity.

Browse our Roof rat control products below and as always, if you have any questions or concerns or would like some more detailed how-to advice, don’t hesitate to reach out to us via phone, live chat or email. We are always happy to assist you.  Want to Read More about Roof Rats?

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