Roof Rats

Roof rats are excellent climbers and capable of causing plenty of damage. If you suspect that you may have roof rats in your structure. Call a professional right away.

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Physical Characteristics

Fur is normally brown with black, to gray to black with a white, gray or cream coloured underbelly

Shape: Round
Size: 16 inches total (6-8 inches body plus 6-8 inches tail)
Legs: Four


Roof rats get their name from their choice of habitat. They tend to prefer elevated areas such trees, rafters, attics and of course, roofs. They will nest inside and under buildings or in piles of debris. These roof climbers become sexually mature at four months, producing litters of four to six per year that consist of four to eight young each.

Food Source

Roof rats primarily fruits and nuts, but will go for any available food source. They have also been known to consume tree bark, meat and grain. These creatures hoard their food when a portion of their findings are too large to consume in one sitting.


Roof rats are known for the damage they cause by chewing on materials. Roof rats are historically known for spreading the rare bubonic plague. They support many ectoparasites and urinate on food.

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