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Rats On Your Roof

You just moved into your new home and you hear your neighbor say he has "Florida Rats", WHAT SHOULD YOU KNOW ABOUT THESE RATS???

What does your neighbor mean Florida rats and why does he say the rats are on his roof? Well, its time we debunk a few things. When your neighbor is referring to Florida rats they are most likely talking about Roof Rats. Or as some of our friends like to call them "Palm Rats" or "Black Rats". The Roof Rat is originally native to southern Asia and was introduced to America through ships. This rat was the rat known for carrying the bubonic plague around the world and also the host for murine typhus. Roof Rats are the worst rodent pest in the State of Florida and can be found climbing up on your roof and entering into your attic. Once inside, the roof rat will begin to chew on wires, nest inside wall voids or your attic, and worst of all drop feces and urine all over the place.

A typical roof rat can grow up to18 inches long from nose to tail. Unlike other rats, their tails are longer than the length of their bodies. Roof rats can be found nesting in trees, woodpiles, attics, garages, crawl spaces, and near garbage containers. However, they usually like to nest somewhere high, like attics. They are excellent swimmers and great climbers. Roof rats can squeeze through holes the size of a nickel. They primarily eat fruits and nuts, but will eat other things if the condition call for it. They enjoy hoarding food and eating it at a later time. Controlling roof rats is not always an easy task. We recommend that you get help from a pest professional.

If you live in Naples or Fort Myers, Certified Pest Control is the clear choice when it comes to rodent control and rodent proofing (sealing off entry points so that rats can no longer enter your home) because we have the right tools to take care of your rat problem in a professional manner. Our pest professionals also have the knowledge of proper rodent prevention and habitat management, trapping and rodent proofing and, if needed, the adequate experience with the use of behavioral repellents.