Texas is home to many different types of pests, insects and rodents. More increasingly, the roof rat is becoming a common problem for homeowners to deal with. The common house mouse and other rodents are not as threatening as the presence of a roof rat. The roof rat is a blackish, brownish medium-sized rodent with a skinny body and long scaly naked tail. The tail is usually longer than the head and body combined. The roof rat resides across the state of Texas and lately has been thriving in residential areas, office buildings and farms.
Roof Rat Rodent Infestation
The presence of roof rats has recently been reported in grocery and drug stores, warehouses, feed stores and poultry houses as well. Roof rats make runways on pipelines, beams, or wires, leaving a dark-colored trail from grease and dirt that they can follow back and forth. Roof rats are known as nocturnal rodents, however, in cases where their population has become more of an infestation, they can be seen scurrying about throughout the day.
Roof Rat Rodent Prevention
To keep your home protected from roof rats, it is important to seal up any hole that is a quarter size or larger. Roof rats have the ability to crawl through small areas to gain access to your home. Seal these holes with silicone caulk to keep the roof rats out. If you have bushes, trees and other landscape that sits close to your home, regularly trim back the vegetation to prevent roof rats from crawling from the plants onto your home. By doing this, you will cut off another avenue roof rats use to invade your home. Make sure you keep your garbage bins closed tightly as roof rats will work hard to get a hold of any food they can smell. If you have fruit trees on your property, make sure any fruit that falls is quickly picked up and thrown away.
Roof Rat Rodent Inspection and Removal
Regularly inspect your home for any signs that rats are nearby or inside of your home already. Roof rats normally leave droppings, gnaw marks, damaged goods and greasy rub marks from their oily fur. If you can hear clawing or squeaking within the walls of your home, it is time to call in a professional immediately. Roof rats are infamous for being filthy rodents and are known to transmit dangerous diseases like typhus, jaundice, rat-bite fever and trichinosis. Roof rats also carry fleas, which will also infest your home. A-Tex Pest Management will remove roof rats from your home permanently and protect your family from the dangerous bacteria they bring into your home. Call us today for a free, no-obligation consultation!