It's Rat Season

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We've reached that time of year in Southern California where it gets "cold." At least cold by our standards. Rats and mice start looking for warm places to nest at night and your home's attic, walls, and sub area provide the perfect insulated space for their needs. Small openings in vent screens, voids in roof eaves, or gaps under doors can be a few ways rodents gain access to your home. The most common rodent we deal with around here is the Roof Rat, also called black rats or fruit rats. This rodent gets its name from its tendency to be found in the upper parts of buildings, along power lines, fences, and in fruit trees.

Habits

Roof rats are primarily nocturnal. They forage for food in groups of up to ten and tend to return to the same food source time after time. These rats follow the same pathway between their nest and food. This can make them difficult to trap since they may not deviate from their known food source to the bait on the traps.

Habitat

Roof rats live in social groups (colonies) and prefer to nest in the upper parts of buildings such as attic or crawl spaces. They can also be found under, in and around structures.

Threats

Roof rats secured their place in history by spreading the highly dangerous bubonic plague. Though transmission is rare today, there are still a handful of cases in the U.S. each year. Roof rats can also carry fleas and spread diseases such as typhus, jaundice, rat-bite fever, trichinosis and salmonellosis. They also damage insulation, wiring, air ducts, and anything else they might chew on during their occupation of your home.

Roof Rat Prevention

To get rid of roof rats and prevent them from entering a home, seal up any holes or cracks larger than a quarter. Keep trees and shrubs trimmed away from the building and cut back limbs overhanging the roof. Roof rats are drawn to any accessible food sources, so clean up fruit that may fall from trees in the yard and keep garbage in tightly covered bins. It's also important to regularly inspect the home and property for signs of a roof rat infestation, including rodent droppings, gnaw marks, damaged goods and greasy rub marks from their oily fur. Often times their presence is only known after a homeowner finds something chewed on or wakes up at night to hear them scratching or running around in the attic space above.

If you think you might have a rodent infestation or want to make sure your home is rodent proofed, call or text us at (562) 925-8308 to set up a free rodent inspection for your home. We offer complete rodent prevention, eradication, exclusion, and attic clean up services.