What are roof rats? Roof rats get their name from their tendency
to be found in the upper parts of buildings. Ranging in size from 6
to 8 inches in length, not including their tails, they have very
poor vision and are color blind. They do have extremely strong
senses of hearing, smell, touch and taste.
Roof rats are known for the damage they cause by chewing on
materials and eating stored foods.
Roof rats can be found in the upper parts of buildings, and can
also be found under, in and around structures. They only need a
space of one-half inch to get into buildings.
Roof rats secured their place in history by spreading the highly
dangerous bubonic plague. They support many ectoparasites and
urinate on food.