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ROOF RATS
Roof Rats

  • Color: Black

  • Legs: 4

  • Shape: Long

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

  • Antennae: No

  • Region: Found throughout U.S.

What are roof rats? Roof rats get their name from their tendency to be found in the upper parts of buildings. Ranging in size from 6 to 8 inches in length, not including their tails, they have very poor vision and are color blind. They do have extremely strong senses of hearing, smell, touch and taste.

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 TIPS

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

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