Dallas Roofing: Article About Roof Rat Prevention
Homeowners across the United States know to be on the lookout for squirrel, raccoon and bird infestations on their roofs. However, roof owners in the warmer states need to also be on the lookout for a critter charmingly known as Rattus rattus: the roof rat.
These pests were common stowaways on ships that traveled from Europe to North America back in the 17th and 18th centuries. While they're less adaptable than the common Norway rat that lives in all 48 states of the continental U.S., they pose a real problem in places such as Texas that have warmer climates. Dallas roofing contractors know they need to be on the lookout for these rats during their roof inspections and repairs.
Roof rats like to stay off the ground and prefer to live in trees or vine covered fences. They often travel on utility wires and use them to make their way into buildings. If a homeowner has trees that are close to their home, they should make certain to keep branches trimmed well away from the roof so that they don't provide a convenient travel route for these rats. Additionally, pet food that's left outside, such as for an outdoor dog or cat, can be a big attractant for these pests.
Roof rats can set up house in attics just as squirrels and raccoons do, which leads to torn up insulation where they've nested and chewed up electrical wiring.
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Some roof rats will head outside through holes in soffits to forage for food, but rats may also make their way down to the kitchen to eat. These rodents not only cause damage to a home but just like other rats, they can carry diseases that are transmissible to humans.
Homeowners who live in regions that have roof rats can rodent proof their homes in a number of ways. Pay particular attention to the roof and the roof perimeter to make sure all potential access points are closed off. Roof rats frequently gain access to homes where pipes enter the building or beneath garage doors that don't have tight seals. These rats can get into any opening that's wider than half of an inch in diameter. A homeowner or contractor can plug up openings with steel wool, metal flashing or concrete mortar.
Remove all vines that are growing on the home in addition to trimming tree branches as mentioned earlier. Rat guards can be installed on overhead utility wires to keep them off the wires. By taking these measures, a homeowner will increase their chances of keeping out roof rats and other unwelcome pests.