Roof Rats and Diseases in Your Attic
Roof rats, aka black rats aka rattus rattus are dangerous to human beings and our Virginia (VA) homes. The black rat is notorious for being a carrier for the plague during the Middle Ages. They still carry lice, ectoparasites, and worms that cause deadly diseases. If that was not enough, rattus rattus also seems to have a taste for old wiring. They have caused many houses to go up in flames. No matter what angle it is viewed from, roof rats are a serious health risk to us.
Roof rats are black or dark brown, 13 inches to 18 inches long, including the tail, which stretches out longer than the rest of the body. They have big ears. They are shiny, thin, and graceful. They can enter a home by squeezing through a hole in a roof or a wall that is one inch wide. These rodents eat fruits, vegetables, worms, spiders, and paper. Their droppings are long and cylindrical. They prefer high places and love to climb. They are active during the night.
Have Home Inspection for Roof Rats
It is important to remain vigilant in and around your home. There are some obvious signs that you may have an infestation. You will find their feces and urine in attics or storage spaces. It is not uncommon to find it in attic insulation. You may hear scratching or gnawing coming from your attic or walls at night. If you have fruit trees, the remnants will be hollowed out and lying around. You may also find holes in your screens and greasy smudges on the walls. If a home-owner finds any evidence, he should call us for an in depth attic inspection. This inspection will determine the extent of the infestation and if there as any damage to the roof structure requiring roof repair. We will help you overcome the threat of roof rats.
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