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Roof Rat

Why are rats important?
The Roof Rat eats vegetable matter including fruit, nuts, grains. Foods that are not eaten is contaminated by their
urine and feces . Roof Rats transmit diseases such as murine typhus ,leptospirosis, listeriosis and other diseases.
Rats will bite sleeping people and the tropical rat mite causes skin irritation.

Do Roof Rats live in roofs?
The Roof Rat hardly nests in borrows in the ground as they are excellent climbers. Roof Rats are often seen on vines
and in hollow trees, and other types of dense foliage. They are sometimes found in sewers. Roof Rats can squeeze
through openings as small as 1/2 inch wide in homes and buildings.

Reproductive Capacity:
The Roof Rat reaches maturity at 3 to 6 months of age. The female Roof Rat can produce up to 6 litters with
each having 6 to 8 young. Roof Rats live an average of 9‐12 months. These pesty critters can live that long in your
home while producing many litters. .

What do Roof rats look like?
Roof Rats are commonly known as the black, fruit or the citrus rat. From body to head they average around 6 to 8
inches in length and the tail is 7 to 10 inches long. Their color range from mottled gray with a white underbelly or
solid gray or solid black with grey underbelly. They have a pointed muzzle, and large prominent ears.