Don’t Mistake the Sound of Roof Rats for Reindeer

///Don’t Mistake the Sound of Roof Rats for Reindeer

Don’t Mistake the Sound of Roof Rats for Reindeer

That sound rattling your rafters? It’s probably not Dasher and Dancer, but Ratty and Tatty. As the weather cools and gets damp, rats and mice move indoors. The sound of rats in the attic may carry throughout the house. If you hear bouncing thumps during the day, the problem may be squirrels on the roof. If you hear gnawing and scrabbling in the evening, it’s probably rats in the attic.

Roof rats often enter attics using tree limbs as ladders and electric and phone lines as highways. Other rats and mice crawl through vents, cracks, and crevices. Rats can fit through holes smaller than a quarter. Their nearly constant gnawing can destroy electrical systems, heating vents, and insulation, in addition to leaving behind a smelly, hazardous mess.

Rat in Disguise

If you find signs of rodents or their droppings in your home, take precautions to clean up the area safely.

  • Seal up holes or gaps in your home to prevent rodents from returning.
  • Clean up any sources of food or water, and items that might provide shelter for rodents.
  • Eliminate rodents in and around your home with snap traps or bait. Remember, you don’t have to deal with rats or mice on your own. Call a pest care professional to control the problem and institute preventive measures.
By |2016-10-28T14:41:16+00:00December 16th, 2013|Categories: Rats|Tags: , , |1 Comment

About the Author:

Garrett Thrasher is Vice President and General Manager of Thrasher Termite & Pest Control of So Cal, Inc., Chairperson of the San Diego District of the Pest Control Operators of California (PCOC), a member of the bedbugFREE network, and a member of the National Pest Management Association. Author of The Bed Bug Battle Plan: Field Tested Solutions for Bed Bug Extermination and Prevention (ISBN: 1500838209), Garrett’s solid understanding of bed bugs, their behavior, current outbreaks, and experience on camera has made him a leading contact for news and media outlets. He is also a sought after speaker on the topic of managing online reviews for positive impact. He has spoken at PestWorld and PestTech, and was featured in PCT Magazine and the PCT Podcast. Thrasher Termite & Pest Control of So Cal is accredited by QualityPro–the mark of excellence in pest management.

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