Don’t be fooled by their name. New Jersey roof rats don’t restrict their activities to the top of your home. Our local exterminator experts at Allison Pest Control share some information you should know about this common nuisance.
What Is a Roof Rat?
There are two primary species of commensal rats, which are rodents that take up residence in homes, offices and other spaces occupied by humans. These locations provide shelter along with easy access to food and water.
The roof rat is smaller in size than its cousin, the Norway rat. Roof rats are believed to have come to the U.S. from Southeast Asia, where they’re held sacred in some parts. In this country, they’re found primarily in coastal states such as New Jersey.
How to Identify a Roof Rat
Also known as black rats or ship rats, roof rats get their name from their preferred method of entry. Here are notable physical characteristics of the species:
- Roof rats are long and slender in appearance, covered with brown fur intermixed with spots of black. Body length measures six to eight inches, with a tail that adds another seven to ten inches.
- Features include large eyes and ears, a pointy nose and a scaly tail.
Signs of a Roof Rat Infestation
Rat sightings are the most obvious sign, but there are other, more subtle indications.
- Presence of rat droppings
- Gnaw marks and other damage to furniture, wood or electrical wires.
- Noises in the attic or walls
- Nest materials or greasy rub marks
Allison Pest Control: Your #1 Choice for a Local Exterminator
Winter is on the way, which means roof rats and other critters will be looking for warmer quarters. Contact us for experienced help in keeping your home, office or business pest-free during any season.