The Problems Roof Rats Bring To Grays Harbor County Homes
January 14, 2021
When you look at the outside of your home, your first thought probably isn’t, “I hope rats don’t climb on the roof and try to invade my attic.” However, when you hear the name roof rat enough, this starts to become a legitimate concern. The question is, do these invasive and problematic pests really get onto roofs, or is this just a ridiculous name given to them centuries ago?
To help you better understand roof rats and the dangers they bring to Grays Harbor County properties, here are a few things you should know.
Roof Rats Are Smart
Roof rats, and rats in general, are some of the most intelligent creatures on the planet. There have been thousands of scientific studies to measure this rodent’s intellect, and they always come to the same conclusion. Rats are capable of adaptive learning and problem-solving. One example of this can be seen inside homes when rodents like roof rats learn that snap traps are dangerous and start avoiding them for their own safety. Sometimes, they even manage to set the traps off strategically and steal the bait without getting caught. If that doesn’t speak to this pest's smarts, we don’t know what does.
Roof Rats Are Dexterous
As their name suggests, roof rats are fairly agile creatures. They use their agility to climb up downspouts, trees, and telephone poles and their balance to crawl across branches and wires to get onto homes. From there, these pests look for entry points to get inside. They then enter through anything from an open window to an unprotected chimney or chewing through a few loose shingles and some wood boards.
Roof Rats Are Dangerous
Apart from being great at invading homes, roof rats pick up and spread disease-causing organisms. They pick up these sickness vectors from trash, sewage, and dead animals and spread them around homes through their fecal matter and urine. Some of the most common diseases these nasty pests transmit include salmonellosis, hantavirus, and rat-bite fever.
As if spreading diseases weren’t enough, roof rats are also known for bringing fleas and ticks indoors. These smaller parasitic pests love hitchhiking rides on furry creatures and have no problem using pests like roof rats to sneak indoors. Fleas and ticks also spread diseases and pose a serious threat to both humans and their pets.
Roof Rats Are Preventable
You do not have to live with roof rats. If these pests have not yet invaded your Grays Harbor County property, and you have some spare time on your hands, here are a few prevention tips our experts recommend:
- Use caulk and small clumps of steel wool to fill in gaps and cracks in your home’s exterior foundation.
- Clean your yard regularly and remove clutter and debris.
- Address leaky pipes and fixtures around your home.
- Make sure your gutters are in good working order, and install metal screens on their out spouts.
- Fix broken window and door screens and make sure all of your exterior doors have door sweeps.
- Keep your home clean and store food away inside rodent-proof containers.
Roof Rats Are Best Handled By A Professional
If you do not have the time, energy, or desire to prevent rodents on your own, we have a better solution. At Beacon Pest Control, we offer both elimination and prevention services to handle pests like roof rats. With several pest options to choose from and a team of qualified professionals to implement them around your Grays Harbor County property, you can be sure you are in good hands.