Roof rats can be found in the upper parts of buildings, and can also be found under, in and around structures. They only need a space of one-half inch to get into buildings.
Roof rats are known for the damage they cause by chewing on materials and eating stored foods.
- Size: 12" - 16"
- Color: Black
- Legs: 4
- Shape: Long
- Antennae: False
Control / Prevention
To prevent rats from entering a home, seal up any holes or cracks larger than a quarter. Remove sources of moisture and harborage.
Roof rats secured their place in history by spreading the highly dangerous bubonic plague. They support many ectoparasites and urinate on food.