Roof rats get their name from their tendency to be found in the
upper parts of buildings. Ranging in size from 6 to 8 inches in
length, not including their tails, they have very poor vision and
are color blind. They do have extremely strong senses of hearing,
smell, touch and taste.
||16" total (6-8" body plus 6-8" tail)
Roof rats are known for the damage they cause by chewing on
materials and eating stored foods.
Roof rats can be found in the upper parts of buildings, and can
also be found under, in and around structures. They only need a
space of one-half inch to get into buildings.
Roof rats secured their place in history by spreading the highly
dangerous bubonic plague. They support many ectoparasites and
urinate on food.
To prevent rats from entering a home, seal up any holes or cracks
larger than a quarter. Remove sources of moisture and harborage.