What are roof rats?
The roof rat (Rattus Rattus) gets its name from its tendency to be found in the upper parts of buildings. According to the Southern Nevada Health District, roof rats have been documented in the Las Vegas valley since 1990. Initial identifications were made in areas including Spanish Trails and the Scotch 80’s, and were associated with imported palm trees.
Today, however, roof rats can be found in every neighborhood across our valley. From Anthem to Centennial Hills they can often be seen at night running along overhead utility lines or block walls. They may live in trees or attics, and climb down to a food source.
Roof rats are primarily nocturnal and usually begin searching for food shortly after sunset. If the food source is in an exposed area and can’t be eaten quickly, they will carry it to a hiding place before eating it. Many rats hoard considerable amounts of solid food, which they eat later in a dismantled wood pile, attic, shed or behind boxes in a garage.
To make your home less attractive to roof rats, follow these suggestions to reduce any type of rodent infestation:
- Caulk all holes, cracks, crevasses, or gaps (any opening larger than a nickel) on the exterior walls and underneath the eaves of block or wood constructed homes, sheds, etc.
- Pet doors, vents, and exterior door and window screens should be secured at night.
- Secure garbage in proper rodent-proof containers.
- Remove attractants such as pet foods, bird feeders, and standing water. Since these rats usually require free water, any source of water can be a strong attractant.
- Prune shrubs so that the ground below them is clearly visible.
- Stack firewood, lumber and other materials at least one foot away from walls and fences and at least 18 inches off the ground.
- Eliminate or severely prune back vines growing on buildings and fences.
- Prune trees so that the branches do not touch roofs, fences, overhead wires, or the branches of adjacent trees.
- Prune the skirts of trees so that the branches do not hang down to the ground.
If you live in Las Vegas or Henderson and roof rats have overtaken your home or you simply want to prevent a rodent problem, we welcome you to contact us by phone or fill out our form. No matter how large a rodent problem you may have, our trained pest control technicians can curb your existing rodent activity and ensure that these pests are not an issue in the future.
For residential and commercial rodent control and prevention in Las Vegas and Henderson, call Western Exterminator today!