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Roof Rat Information

There you are ready to go to sleep after a long difficult day at work when you hear something. In the quiet night, you hear scratching and movement and it sounds like it is directly above you. Despite your fears, when you get up to check your home you find nothing. If you can relate to this story, you might be experiencing the effects of a roof rat infestation. If you have roof rats, you can count on Pointe Pest Control to solve your pest problems.

General Information

Roof rats get their name from their habit of infesting the upper reaches of homes. They love attics. Roof rats are also called black rats, or ship rats. They are skilled climbers and as such, they can gain access to areas where other rat species cannot. Roof rats will damage your home because they chew on everything, and they also spread a number of nasty bacteria, viruses, and parasites. There is nothing fun about a roof rat infestation. They will ruin your home and your health. Roof rats have soft fur, usually dark, with a lighter color on their belly. Their tails are hairless and appear to have scales.

The Signs of an Infestation

As mentioned above, hearing noises in your attic is a good indicator, but those sounds could also signify squirrels, raccoons, mice or even birds. One of the main signs of an infestation is seeing a rat. Whether alive or dead, if you see a roof rat then you definitely have an infestation. Another sign to look for is their waste. Roof rats defecate continuously. You will find gnaw marks on your food containers and you will find their small pointed droppings all over your home. The good news is that if you have an infestation, there is a simple solution to getting it out of your home. All you need to do is call the professionals with Pointe Pest Control and you will be able to say goodbye to any rodent infestation. We have the tools and experience needed to eliminate roof rats.

Treatment

Roof rat elimination starts with getting them out of your home. We use a variety of methods to ensure successful eradication. Once the infestation is eliminated, the next step is to seal up your home to keep them from coming back. Roof rats are able to fit through a hole that is the size of a quarter. Our technicians will inspect the perimeter of your home. Once we find the entry points we seal them up to prevent more roof rats from getting into your home. There are things you can do to reduce the risk of a roof rat infestation. Roof rats need food and water to survive. You will need to make these resources scarce. Keep your pet food sealed up in thick plastic containers. Make certain the lid is sealed shut. Another good practice is to keep your garbage can lids sealed shut. Doing these practices will keep the roof rats risk low. If you have roof rats, or want help keeping them out if your home, you can count on Pointe Pest Control. Give us a call and we will take care of anything pesky.

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