You may be wondering if the reason why your pet food is disappearing or the soffit and fascia damage on your home is due to rats. Although the name of this nuisance animal may sound pretty scary, roof rats are actually fairly common throughout the United States, especially in the West Palm Beach area. Some signs that you may have roof rats include the following:
- Rat droppings
- Rats seen in your roof or crawl space
- Sounds in the ceilings or walls at night
- Roof damage
What Does a Roof Rat Look Like?
Roof rats are differentiated from other rodents by their size. They are usually around 7 inches long with a tail that is longer than its head and body combined, coming in at about 7.5 inches long. Roof rats are usually black or brown in color with light-colored bellies (often grey in color). As you probably have surmised, roof rats got their name because they love to live in roofs and attics, where they can cause quite a bit of damage. If you suspect you may have these unwelcomed guests, call us immediately.
While you are awaiting the arrival of the technician, use care with any roof rats that you may encounter, and by all means, do not go out looking for the roof rats yourself. If you know of an area where you may have seen them or heard them scratching around, make note of it so you can share the information with your technician.
When the Technician Arrives
When the Critter Control technician arrives, you can be sure that the roof rats will be located, humanely captured, and properly relocated as quickly as possible. After the critters are gone, the technician will then turn his or her attention to repairing the damage caused by the pesky roof rats.