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ROOF RATS IN LAS VEGAS

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ROOF RATS IN LAS VEGAS

What are roof rats? Roof rats are also called black rats or ship rats. They are smaller than Norway rats, but cause similar issues. This rodent gets its name from its tendency to be found in the upper parts of buildings. The roof rat is thought to be of Southeast Asian origin however they are now found throughout the world and are here in the Las Vegas Valley.

Roof rats are primarily nocturnal. They look 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.  Roof rats live in colonies and prefer to nest in the upper parts of buildings -they can also be found under, in and around structures.

Roof rats made 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.

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 receptacles. It's also important to regularly inspect the home for signs of a roof rat infestation, including rodent droppings, gnaw marks, damaged goods and greasy rub marks from their oily fur.

Contact a licensed pest professional if you see any signs of an infestation of roof rats.

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