Roof rats disturb your entire household. They’re not only a nuisance, but they also carry harmful diseases that are transferable to humans. So, when you have a sneaking suspicion that they are hiding under your roof, you immediately wonder how they got there in the first place.
Rats are extraordinarily resourceful animals. They can often squeeze themselves into the smallest openings, cracks and crevices. Let’s talk about how these tiny critters manage to find themselves on your roof.
Rats Are Great Climbers
Rats enjoy highly elevated areas. They have great balance and are exceptional climbers. Because of that, rats often climb fences and power lines. They also climb trees, using the branches as a bridge to your roof. And when branches don’t quite reach your roof, their incredible leaping ability comes in handy. Rats are known to jump as long as 36 inches and as high as 48 inches in the air.
From there, they wriggle through the tiniest holes in shingles and vent covers, leading into your top-level or attic. To prevent this situation, trim any branches that hang over your roof. You can also inspect your roof to see if there are any gaps or weak spots from construction. Roof gaps are rats’ best opportunities to nest.
Rats Love a Free Meal
Rats usually live off of seeds and plants. However, much like Disney’s Ratatouille taught us, rats will never decline a free meal. These furry scavengers will see food left outside as an invitation to enter your home.
Keep all food stored and sealed and if you choose to eat outside on an ideal summer day, be careful not to leave scraps behind. That includes your pet’s food as well.
If you have noticed signs of roof rats invading your home, don’t panic. Germantown Pest Control specializes in ridding your home of roof rats. We are your partners in pest control. Your house belongs to you. Don’t let pests overtake it. If you notice signs of roof rats, contact Germantown Pest Control today to schedule an appointment!