How To Keep Roof Rats Out Of Your Home

As its name advertises, the roof rat is a good climber. Bearing a striking resemblance to the Norway rat but smaller and slimmer, roof rats prefer high areas. It can often be found nesting up in the eaves of structures. The species is also drawn to attics as well as the roofs that give them their name. This rat’s fondness for fruit has also named it the “citrus rat” or “tree rat.” Because of its secretive nature, you may not be aware of this rat’s presence unless you have an infestation. Rodent droppings in eaves and attics or mysterious stored piles of fruit and other food are good signs of a problem. In addition to being champion climbers, roof rats are very good at inserting themselves through tiny openings that are roughly the size of a quarter. A home’s roof can offer multiple entry points into the house itself, especially where the roof meets eaves. This rat is also adept at entering a home through wall vents, such as laundry room vents.

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Are There Good Animals to Have Around Your Home?

Wild animals and insects may all seem like dangerous creatures when they live around your home and local area. You may be surprised to discover that a few of them are actually good to keep around. Animals like hawks, frogs, and hedgehogs can help with pest control around your home and garden. Here is a handy guide about good animals to have around your home and which ones should be considered pests.

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Damaged Caused by Rats to Your Home

Rats and mice are a common problem in homes across Austin, Texas. During the winter months, rats and mice will look for areas to nest and end up in many homes for the favorable temperature and predator-safe environment. Rats and mice will cause a lot of harm to your home by chewing through walls, insulation, and electrical wires, searching for food, and spreading disease through your home.