What Every Nashville Property Owner Ought To Know About Roof Rats

January 7, 2021

Nashville home and business owners usually have a lot on their minds. Often, pest remediation is the last thing they think about, particularly if there are no insects or creatures on the scene. However, plenty of critters can sneak in and run amuck sight unseen. They can cause trouble, to say the least. Pests can gradually destroy the building, wreck items, and distribute medically dangerous germs. Roof rats fall under all these categories.
 

a roof rat in rafters

Roof rats sometimes referred to as black rats are eager to be inside your space. If you study what you can about them, you'll have the knowledge to prevent them and their perils. Urbanex can support you in this process.

What Do Roof Rats Look Like? What Are The Hazards?

Roof rats can be called many things, but small isn't one of them. These black or brown-haired critters are an ample 15 inches or longer. Their tails can be just as lengthy. Big eyes and ears, and keen noses are among their notable physical features.

Being great climbers helps them reach great heights. It's isn't difficult for them to access tree branches, power-lines, or anything else suspended in the air. When they crawl onto the roofs, they'll search for crevices in vents, shingles, and foundations. Once they find a gap a half an inch around, they'll push through it or saw it open further with their teeth. After that, they'll settle down in the attic, rafters, or garage. You'll know you have an infestation if you come across the following:

  • Fecal turds on counters, cabinets, floors, or otherwise
  • Greasy rub marks on walls and edges
  • Footprints
  • Scratching and squeaking noises from around walls
  • Seeing them in broad daylight, when night time is their activity time

As relayed previously, roof rats are a part of the pest population that can spread germs. When they touch your food or sit on a surface, they instantly contaminate it. Also, their fur has so many parasites; you can't count them, and it would be challenging to measure the number of microbes in their urine, feces, and saliva too. Garbage bins and drainage areas are some of their favorite spots. Roof rats spread salmonella, hantavirus, and tularemia, and that's just a few of the conditions they transmit. Additionally, they can cause piping problems, structural injury, electrical fires, and more because they chew on everything to shorten their teeth.

Is There Any Way To Prevent Roof Rats?

Preventive methods are required when it comes to roof rats. You don't want to roll the dice with them entering your property. If they do, they can make your life stressful with their fast reproduction. You'll need to do these chores:

  • Use something rats can't bite through to plug holes in vents, roofs, utility line gaps, windows, doors, and foundations. Steel wool is an option.
  • Fix moisture malfunctions and leaks as soon as possible.
  • Install chimney caps.
  • Only use airtight canisters to store food and trash.
  • Get debris off the yard, trim the grass, and spruce up the greenery.
  • Never place flowers and plants closer than two feet to the building.
  • Keep your gutters clean.
  • Remove clutter from your property.

What Can Urbanex Do About Roof Rats?

The practiced technicians at Urbanex will thoroughly examine your interior and exterior for roof rat nests and passageways. We will take care of entry points and use environmentally safe treatments to exterminate them. Liquid barriers, repellents, and sprays will be employed to block these vermin in the future. Contact us today for a free inspection!

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