Are roof rats known to enter homes or yards?
Roof rats are known to enter homes and gardens in search of suitable shelter and food. Home gardens or yards with citrus trees attract the rodents with the promise of easy meals, while attics and elevated, enclosed spaces make excellent nesting territories. Once they settle into convenient nesting spots, the rats can travel hundreds of feet each night in search of food. This means that even though roof rats may live in the attic of one house, they travel across wires or through the branches of trees to find food in different houses or yards.
Do roof rats harm people or property?
Although roof rats do not attack people or pets unprompted, they will bite or scratch when cornered or handled. Their bites, droppings, and urine can spread dangerous diseases such as murine typhus, leptospirosis, salmonellosis, rat-bite fever, and plague. While foraging for something to eat, rats chew through sealed containers and contaminate large quantities of food meant for people, livestock, and pets. The rodents also chew and tear insulation to use as nesting material and gnaw through electrical wires and wooden structures.
Control and Safety
The most effective way to keep unwanted roof rats away from private property is to maintain clean and sanitary homes. Dispose of loose food, secure garbage bins with tightly sealed lids, and remove outdoor pet food to discourage rats from foraging in and around homes. Eliminating potential nesting sites and points of entry also reduces the possibility of infestation. Trim overgrown shrubbery, cut vines off fences, and maintain tree limbs so that none hang over homes providing easy access to rooftops and attics.
Trapping and Removal
Given that they spread disease and become aggressive when cornered, individuals should never approach roof rats. If signs of infestation present, contact the technicians at Critter Control of Kansas City immediately. Our trained professionals have tools at their disposal to aid them in the removal of roof rats. Our methods are safe for all people and animals involved.
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