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What’s Big and Loud and Tromping in Your Attic?

Roof Rats | December 25, 2018

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Roof Rats are a common pest around Austin. They are large – 18-inches long and while they appear skinny can weigh up to 9 ounces. They sound like a pack of teenagers jogging around your attic and all that banging is not only loud but annoying.

Keeping Roof Rats Out of Your Attic and Home

Roof rats are difficult to keep out. They are very agile and outstanding climbers. They have not problem finding their way to your roof and from there will gain access to the attic and crawl spaces. In the wild, these rats make their nests in trees. While attics make a great home for many pests, their presence is not so great for the homeowner or business owner.

Many homeowners focus on the attic space by making sure that their attic is sealed. But Roof Rats will also make their home in your walls and the sub-space between a false ceiling and attic. Because they are agile climbers, they have not problem entering the walls of your home from the foundation level and then exploring the space available until they find suitable food or nesting sites.

Keeping Roof Rats out of your home is challenging because it is not just the roof area that you have to protect.

The Damage by Rats

Rats are highly destructive, and they will chew holes in walls to search for the perfect place to have… more rats. Their urine and feces are also hazardous and over time, rat urine can be very damaging. Many people worry about termite damage, but the damage from roof rats can exceed the damage caused by termites.

Termites chew wood and may damage the structure of your home. Roof rats chew and they may damage roof, walls, and drywall. Their urine is also a big problem. It can soak into wood and drywall or insulation and cause other types of damage that result in drywall and insulation replacement. Even if there is not much urine, a small leak can cause it to bleed into drywall and taint the color of ceilings and walls. All of this adds up to big bucks in the home or business repair department.

How Do You Control Roof Rats?

The only real way to keep these pests under control is with frequent checks for their presence. Rats breed quickly so an unnoticed population can erupt into a full-blown infestation in no time. When they are in your attic, they are difficult to miss from all their noise. In a garage or outbuilding they can go unnoticed unless you look for signs such as scat or urine markings.

We recommend monthly pest inspections, which are affordable and comprehensive. These services can pair nicely with pest control options such as ant control in the summer and fall, and flea control in the spring and fall. To learn more about controlling pests, such as roof rats, just reach out to our team. We offer comprehensive and affordable pest control services that are thoughtfully applied for safe and effective results.

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