The roof rat and the Norway rat are the two types of rats found in the United States. Some of the differences between the rats are body size; Norway rats are large and robust, whereas roof rats are sleek and graceful. The roof rat's belly is all white, buff, or all gray. The Norway rat is white with gray underfur. Roof rats are more aerial than the Norway with regards to their habitat selection, often living in trees or on vine-covered fences. Roof rats frequently enter buildings from the roof or from accesses near overhead utility lines.
Once established, they readily breed and thrive within buildings, just Norway rats do. The young are born in a nest about 21-23 days after conception. At birth, they are hairless, and their eyes are closed. The 5-8 young in the litter develop rapidly. The number of litters depends on the area. Rats are carriers of many diseases including, murine typhus, leptospirosis, salmonellosis, rat-bite fever, and plague. At Global Pest Solutions, we have been handling rat situations for over 12 years and specializing in not only ridding your structure of rodents but excluding them in order to prevent further infestations.