Roof Rats Invading SoCal

December 17, 2016

Have you spotted any rats around your property lately? If so, you might have a bigger problem on your hands than you think. Roof Rats are some particularly pesky pests here in Orange County and they can carry some pretty scary diseases as well. Keep the people you care about safe this holiday season and let Preferred Pest Control exterminate any Roof Rat infestation you may have!

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Roof Rat Facts

The roof rat, or black rat which it is also called, is the most common type of rat found along the coastal states such as Washington, Oregon, and of course right here in Orange County, California. The most identifiable part of the roof rat is its long tail which is longer than its body (unlike the Norway rat). The roof rat is also smaller than the Norway rat and it can usually grow between 13 to 18 inches in length.

The diet of the roof rat includes pretty much anything it can get a hold of as it is no stranger to even paper or pet food for instance but they prefer to eat fruits and nuts. In fact, the roof rat likes fruit so much that it is known as the “fruit rat” or “citrus rat” to some. Food is usually carried back to the nest as roof rats are also known for their hoarding tendencies and like to stash their findings for the future.

Another thing roof rats are known for is their ability to climb.  They are great climbers and can be seen scaling walls, on top of fences, and balancing on utility lines as they make their way from home to home.

When the roof rat becomes sexually mature after two months of age, it can produce up to six litters per year which consists of up to eight baby roof rats each.  The female roof rat can also breed all year which is why roof rat infestation should be taken care of ASAP!


Roof Rat Infestation and Control

Do you suspect that your Southern Californian property has a roof rat infestation? If you’ve already spotted a roof rat out in the open it could indicate that there are many more in hiding. Some signs of roof rat infestation include their cylindrical droppings which have pointed ends, grease marks that roof rats make on walls as they run by them, hollowed-out fruit on the ground, and scratching sounds from the attic or within walls.

Gaining entry to your property is usually and easy task for the roof rat as it can squeeze its body through very tiny sized holes. Once inside, the roof rat prefers to hide in attics and other storage areas. Outside, the roof rat is known to hide in trees, plants, woodpiles, and other debris.

The best way to prevent roof rats from entering your Orange County property is to inspect and repair all holes, cracks, and other damaged areas around the foundation. Clean up debris outside, don’t leave fruits laying on the ground, and keep all garbage cans closed.

Throughout history, the roof rat has been known as a carrier of disease. It is responsible for spreading the Bubonic plague which continues to have outbreaks in the world today. The roof rat can contaminate food, transmit food poisoning, and transfer multiple types of viruses so do not treat a roof rat infestation lightly.

If you suspect a roof rat infestation, please call the professional roof rat exterminators at Preferred Pest Control where we specialize in roof rat elimination. We will inspect your home or business and come up with customized solutions to your needs and implement only the most effective methods of control to get rid of your roof rat problem once and for all!


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Roof Rat Management:

  • Inspection
  • Prevention
  • Controlling Roof Rats
  • Insecticides

An inspection by our licensed Preferred Pest Control professional is required before any treatments can be performed.

Call today For a Roof Rat Removal Quote:

(714) 486-2637

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