Roof Rats
Rats living in your crawl space or walls? Disappearing pet food? Dead rats or rat dropping in your attic? These may well be signs of a rat infestation. Call your local Critter Control office today at 800 CRITTER for effective rodent cleanup, rat removal and exclusion services.

Identify a Roof Rat

Appearance & Habitat

Roof rats are similar in appearance to other common types of rats. Roof rats have dark brown or black coats, light underbellies, narrow bodies, and large ears. They possess hairless, scaly tails that are often longer than their bodies. Roof rat’s large and hairless ears give them keen sense of hearing, which makes up for their relatively poor eyesight. Roof rats grow between 12 and 18 inches in length, including their tails.

Roof rats prefer to nest off the ground and may nestle in trees or among dense, overgrown vegetation. Dark and enclosed spaces, such as attics and unoccupied lofts make excellent homes for the rodents and bring them into frequent conflict with humans.

Roof Rat Problems


Roof rats are known to enter homes and gardens in search of suitable shelter and food. Home gardens or yards with citrus trees will attract the rodents with the promise of easy meals, while attics and elevated enclosed spaces will make excellent nesting territories. Once they settle into convenient nesting spots, the rats can travel hundreds of feet each night in search of food. Roof rats may live in the attic of one home, and travel across wires or through the branches of trees to find food in different houses or yards.


Roof rats do not attack people or pets unprompted but will bite or scratch when cornered or handled. Their bites, droppings, and urine can spread dangerous diseases such as murine typhus, leptospirosis, salmonellosis, rat-bite fever, and plague. While foraging for something to eat, rats will chew through sealed containers and contaminate large quantities of food meant for people, livestock, and pets. The rodents will also chew and tear through insulation to use as nesting material and gnaw through electrical wires and wooden structures.

Roof Rat Control

Trapping and Removal

Residents and business owners alike face problems with roof rats. When they do, Critter Control of Oakland is there to help! We implement professional trapping and removal efforts that will quickly get rid of your roof rat problem in a humane way. We are knowledgeable on roof rat intelligence levels, habits, and diet preferences.

Repairs and Prevention

Critter Control of Oakland will resolve your raccoon problem from wildlife removal to prevention! We will fix wildlife damages and implement professional prevention techniques that will keep wildlife animals out of your home for seasons to come.


Critter Control of Oakland is your full-service wildlife control company. We can get rid of your problem animal, repair damages, and prevent future problems for good! Trust the professionals and get rid of your roof rat problem today!



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