When Arizona roof rats infest your home they are not easy to get rid of. It can be a lengthy and unwelcome process. Fortunately, RoofRatsArizona.com is your one stop for organized know-how to rid your home of these pesky critters. The best defense is a good offense – roof rat proofing.


All about Arizona Roof Rats

Arizona roof rats get their name from their trademark ability to scale everything from trees and shrubs to power lines and roofs. They are also known as the black rat, fruit rat, ship rat, and palm rat. Roof rats are not native to Arizona, but they certainly have made themselves right at home.


Anatomy of Arizona Roof Rats

When did roof rats first get discovered in Arizona?

Roof rats were first discovered in the Arcadia district in East Phonix around the year 2002. They infested Arizona from neighboring states. Although, roof rats can be found throughout North America. Especially along the West Coast, and the Southern border of the United States.

Where are roof rats found in Arizona?

In Arizona, known sightings have been made in the Arcadia district, Chandler, Mesa, Peoria, Phoenix, Paradise Valley, Tempe, as well as others throughout Maricopa County. Roof rats are homebodies. Once nested inside your home, most never travel more than 300 feet outside the nest. Roof rats depend on small contained areas (like your attic) to live and nest. In the wild, they last about 2-3 days before being hunted down by predators.

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Are Arizona roof rats dangerous?

Roof rats are a serious health concern. When feeling threatened, roof rats have been known to bite and scratch, both of which can lead to a series of illnesses. Fleas often accompany roof rats, which can cause harm in a variety of ways. They spread disease and food contamination everywhere they go. In fact, roof rats are the same black rats that spread the pneumonic plague in the dark ages. Most of all, roof rats cause serious structural damage to your home. They have strong teeth that can cut through cement, metal pipes, aluminum siding, sheetrock, drywall, wood, plastic and a variety of other materials. With unmatched determination, they carve a path by any means possible to food and water. Often, roof rats nest in and trample on insulation, rendering it ineffective. Roof rats also chew through the electrical wiring in the home. This can cause power outages and electrical fires. Roof rats are also just downright annoying. They have a strong musty smell, are noisy, and they leave droppings everywhere!

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How do roof rats get into my home?

The roof of your home is almost always the point of entry for roof rats. They crawl through small holes surrounding duct work, ventilation, chimneys, and even swamp coolers. Once inside, they occupy small, dark, abandoned, high up areas. This includes spaces like your attic, false ceiling, ceiling, and crawl space. Roof rats stay in theses areas because the heating of your home rises and keeps them warm. They enjoy laundry rooms and bathrooms because these rooms are especially warm. However, the kitchen is also a target because that is where the food and trash are kept.

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What do I do if I have roof rats?

1.) Investigate. Figure out how roof rats are getting into your home.

2.) Seal up all points of entry. Make sure no additional roof rats enter the home.

3.) Eliminate food sources. Don’t feed roof rats!

4.) Explore pest control options. Choose an option that is best for your lifestyle.

5.)  Set traps.

6.)  Safety first. Dispose of deceased roof rats properly.