What do roof rats eat?

Roof rats will eat almost anything to stay alive. You may unknowingly be feeding roof rats. Some common household items include:

  • House insulation
  • House plants
  • Paper
  • Candle wax
  • Trash
  • Pet food
  • Farm animal feed
  • Bird seeds
  • Small bugs and lizards
  • Tree bark

Roof rats drink from places such as:

  • Leaky pipes
  • Sprinkler/irrigation systems
  • Bird baths
  • Pet water bowls
  • Air conditioner condensation and/or drip line
  • Plant saucers under potted plants

When roof rats have a choice, they prefer a diet similar to squirrels. Foods they consistently seek out include:

  • Nuts
  • Seeds
  • Eggs
  • Meat
  • Berries
  • Fruit

Roof Rats live in Arizona year-round but they come out more frequently as the fruit trees common to the valley start to produce. Some of the fruit trees common to the area include:

  • Lemon
  • Lime
  • Orange
  • Grapefruit
  • Apple
  • Peach
  • Plum
  • Apricot
  • Fig
  • Pomegranate