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Roof Rats


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.

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