If you hear creeping and crawling noise in your attic while you’re trying to sleep, that could very well be a roof rat or two. And those who have come across this very well know what nuisance they can cause.
Roof rats are referred to as “commensal rats” because of their intimate relationships with humans. Roof rats are dark brown to black in color and can be identified by their large ears and scaly tails that are almost always longer than their bodies.
The roof rat gets its name from its tendency to find shelter in the upper parts of buildings. Once inside, roof rats not only damage materials by gnawing through them, but they also contaminate stored food and serve as vectors of dangerous diseases. A number of bacterial diseases are common to rats, and these include Streptococcus pneumonia, Corynebacterium kutscheri, Bacillus piliformis, Pasteurella pneumotropica, and Streptobacillus moniliformis, to name a few. All of these bacteria are disease-causing agents in humans. In some cases, these diseases are incurable.
Roof rats are thought to be of Southeast Asian origin, but they are now found worldwide, especially in the tropical regions. Roof rats are common in coastal states, seaports because it is the rodent that flourishes in areas inhabited by humans.
The roof rats adapt to a wide range of habitats. In urban areas, they are found around warehouses, residential buildings, and other human settlements. They prefer to live in dry upper levels of buildings, so they are commonly found in attics, wall cavities, false ceilings, cabinets and shelves, etc. They are also found in agricultural areas, such as in outhouse and crop fields. In the wild, roof rats live in cliffs, rocks, the ground, and trees. Roof rats are also found around fences, ponds, riverbanks, streams, and reservoirs.
Roof rats are prodigious breeders. Females can breed year-round. Within a year, one female may be responsible for up to 40 new rodents!
They feed on the seedlings adversely affecting the ecology of the islands. When consuming these seedlings, these rats reduce the pH of the soil. This harms plant species by reducing nutrient availability in soil, thus decreasing the probability of seed germination. The rats also chew on tree limbs and cause branch dieback. Damages to irrigation lines are also being reported. They chew through wires and cause fires. Also, they tear the drywall and insulation.
Phoenix woman says neighbor’s tree causes neighborhood roof rat problem
Lisa Benson has lived in the Willo Historic District for 20 years. She’s desperate for help with a roof rat problem but the City of Phoenix can’t really help.
Published by 12 NEWS │Charly Edsitty │May 1, 2018
PHOENIX – A resident in Phoenix’s Willo Historic District said she is battling a persistent roof rat problem that may force her to sell her home.
“I knew that there were rats in the Willo district,” said Lisa Benson, who has lived in her home for 20 years and is retired.
The woman said she set traps out of precaution and about four months ago discovered a huge rat caught in a trap in her kitchen.
Roof rats are invading California farms and destroying fruit, nuts and irrigation lines
Published by The Fresno Bee │Robert Rodriguez │March 12, 2018
Roof rats, a common problem for city dwellers, are migrating to California farms and nibbling on everything from avocados to irrigation tubing.
University of California scientists say last year’s wet weather created a perfect environment for the quick-breeding rats to flourish.
Ample rain helped produce an abundance of weeds and weed seeds, a good source of food for rats. And it didn’t take long for the rats to discover an even bigger bounty in the Valley’s orchards and fields.
“Rodents are everywhere and they are opportunists,” said Rachel Long, a University of California, cooperative extension adviser. “They move in from their surrounding urban habitats to take advantage of any food source they can find. And once that food source disappears they search for food elsewhere.”
The traditionally used methods for rodent control involve the use of mechanical traps which fail to work on a mechanical error. Fumigation of pesticides is done to keep rodents away from the applications. Glue boards are used which are dangerous when children and pets are around. Rodent baits are one of the most dangerous methods used to kill the rodents. Rodenticides like Bromadiolone inhibits the coagulation of their blood.
The logistics of using traps or rodenticides is not at all a solution to this menace.
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