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Roof Rat Control

Scientific Name: Roof ratRattus rattus 

Alternative Names:

  • The Black Rat Photo at right courtesy of USDA-NWRC
  • The Ship Rat
     

Biology

  • Normal Range-Southern and coastal states

 

Sign

 

Damage

  • inside-stored foods,
  • wiring, insulation;
  • outside-tree crops,
  • rice,
  • sugarcane
  • gnaw into buildings

Control Methods

Habitat ModificationRoof Rat by UC Statewide IPM Project

  • follow up sanitation & rodent proofing

Repellents

  • None

 

Trapping

  • intensive use of snap,
  • glue traps

Shooting

 

Toxicants

  •  anticoagulants or other baits in stations,  T Trap multiple capture;

 

Diseases-Safety

Historically, associated with the Plague that killed about a 1/4 to a 1/3 of Europe in the Middle ages.

Legal Issues

 

Living With Roof Rats

We don't recommend it.

 

Publications & Resources

News

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