Roof Rats
Rats living in your crawl space or walls? Disappearing pet food? Dead rats or rat dropping in your attic? These may well be signs of a rat infestation. Call your local Critter Control office today at 800 CRITTER for effective rodent cleanup, rat removal and exclusion services.


Roof rats, also known as black rats and ship rats, arrived in North America on wooden ships from Europe back in the 17th and 18th centuries. Since then, roof rats have multiplied extensively across America! Not only do they cause damage, but they carry diseases too! Roof rats have even been associated with the Plague!


  • Dark brown or black coats
  • Buff underbellies
  • Narrow bodies
  • Large ears
  • Long, scaly tails


Roof rats prefer not to nest on the ground, and instead, nestle in trees or among dense, overgrown vegetation. Dark, enclosed spaces like attics and lofts, make great homes for these rodents; however, this brings them into frequent conflict with humans! 



Roof rats will enter homes in search of food and shelter. Gardens and yards with citrus trees attract these rodents with easy meals. Roof rats will find attics and other elevated, enclosed spaces for nesting! After the settle into these nesting spots, roof rats can then travel hundreds of feet each night in search of food. They may even leave the house and hunt on your neighbor's property, and then return!


Roof rats will not attack people or pets, but they will bite and scratch when cornered or handled. These rodents' bites, droppings, and urine can spread dangerous diseases such as typhus, leptospirosis, salmonellosis, rat-bite fever, and the plague! While foraging, roof rats can chew through sealed containers and contaminate large quantities of food. These rodents can also tear apart insulation and gnaw through electrical wires and wooden structures!


Control and Safety

To prevent these rats from entering your home, you must maintain a clean environment! Throw away loose food, secure garbage bin lids, and remove outdoor pet food or livestock feed. Elimination of potential nesting sites and points of entry will also reduce the possibility of infestation! Trim overgrown shrubbery, cut vines of fences and walls, and don't let any tree limbs hang over homes to provide easy access to rooftops and attics.

Trapping and Removal

Given that they spread disease and become aggressive when cornered, individuals should never approach roof rats. If signs of infestation present, contact Critter Control technicians immediately. Our trained professionals have tools at their disposal to aid them in the removal of roof rats. Our methods are safe for all people and animals involved.

We can help you get rid of roof rat problems! Call our Houston office today! 713.391.8066.

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