Roof Rats

Color: Dark Brown
Length: Tail is longer than their body.
Habitat: Found mostly in trees, roofs, attics, and utility line entry points.
Reproduction: Produce four to six litters per year containing five young per litter. Life cycle lasts one year.
Misc: Prefer fresh fruits, dried fruits and crackers. Roof Rats can be identified by their large eyes and ears. Roof Rats nest and hang out in high areas. Close All openings over three fourths of an inch to eliminate entry Rodent Droppings: The droppings of a Norway rat are ?” long, short and chunky with blunt ends measuring three fourths inch  long. They are very slow moving and mostly found on the ground. Roof Rat Droppings are a half inch long with pointed ends.

  IPM for Rats  

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1. Search for droppings to determine the type of rat
2. Inspect sub areas for entry and exit points
3. Set traps in areas where droppings were found
4. Close all entry exit points after one week of trapping
5. Apply fresh bait along with step four
6. Clean droppings following step four
7. Pick up all rat traps on week three to eliminate the attraction of other pests

Biology Norway Rat
1. Mother carries young for twenty three days and gives birth to live young
2. Young are weaned at one month
3. Produce three to six litters per year containing one to seven young per litter
4. Mostly found nesting on ground in abandoned material

Biology Roof Rat
1. Produce four to six litters per year containing five young per litter
2. Check for droppings in high places
3. Most likely found in attics