One important and necessary New Year’s resolution should include keeping your home safe and secure throughout the entire year. As far as pests and rodents go, there are many ways they are able to gain access into your home, so it is important become proactive in the fight against pests and seal up your home as best as you can to prevent these pests from successfully getting into your home. One rodent whose presence is on the rise is the roof rat. If the name itself doesn’t send chills up your spine then learning about the damage they can cause and health risks they bring into your home definitely will.
Roof Rat Infestations
The roof rat gets its name from its tendency to be found running on the tops of roofs of homes and other buildings. They have the ability to exist in almost every environment. As long as they have access to a reliable food and water source, their populations can thrive and become extremely difficult to remove on your own. Roof rats can often be seen at night, running along overhead utility lines, block walls, tops of fences and other areas. Many roof rats will live in trees or attics, searching for food at night and taking it back to their nests to eat.
Most roof rats are nocturnal, which makes it difficult sometimes to even realize you may have a roof rat infestation or problem. Roof rats usually begin searching for food just after sunset and if they find a large amount of food that cannot be consumed quickly, they will carry it back to their nest to feast on later or feed other members of their family. These rodents have the ability to reproduce quickly, so if they go unnoticed, their presence can quickly turn into an infestation that can be awful to deal with.
Preventing Roof Rats Where you Live
There are some specific steps you can take to prevent roof rats from entering into your home or place of business. One of the most important steps to take is to seal off any holes or cracks you may have in or around your home. Roof rats have the ability to squeeze through a hole as small as a dime. Sealing off these areas is essential to keeping roof rats out of your home. Make sure that pet doors, vents, exterior doors, and windows are securely shut at night. If left open, these areas become an open invitation to roof rats. Be sure to secure your garbage so it is not appealing to the roof rats. Prune your shrubs and trees away from your home so a roof rat cannot leap from a tree to your home. If you suspect you have a roof rat problem, contact Preventive Pest Control immediately. Preventive Pest Control is skilled and experienced in removing roof rats and other pests from your home or business.