What You Ought To Know About Black Rats In Vegas

Have you seen a black rat in your yard, or worse, in some secluded location within your Las Vegas home? If so, you probably have questions. Today, we're going to give answers to the most common questions Vegas residents have about black rats. Hopefully, you'll find the answers to your questions below.

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What is a black rat?

There are two common rats in Vegas. One is typically brown, and the other is black. Brown rats are Norway rats. Black rats are roof rats. Roof rats are smaller in size and, as you can probably guess, they like to climb. If you're seeing roof rats in your yard, you need to be aware that these rats are prone to target your roofline and seals around roof penetrations. The holes they create can allow rainwater into your home and cause damage to your home, among other issues.

Why do I have black rats in my home?

The obvious reason is that these rats have found an entry point, or they have created one. Roof rats have strong teeth that can chew through wood, plastic, vinyl, and to a certain extent, concrete. There is nothing you can do to the inside of your home to prevent these rats from wanting to get in, or wanting to stay. Your home is like a big tree with a large cavity within. This is the perfect harborage for a roof rat. But, protecting your food and removing food sources can force these rats to find food outside and limit their exploration of your home.

Why do I have black rats in my yard?

Before black rats get into your home, they come into your yard. If they have a reason to come into your yard, you're going to have more trouble with these rodents. Here are a few of the many attractants that can lure roof rats to your property.

  • Objects in your yard that they can hide inside.
  • Puddles and containers of water.
  • The presence of bugs, these are a food source.
  • The presence of seeds and nuts.
  • Unprotect garden vegetables, fruit trees, and berry bushes.
  • Animal waste. As unsavory as it might be, droppings can be a food source for rats.
  • Dirty trash receptacles, the scent of rotting food is strong.

Should I be concerned about black rats?

Black rats are exposed to many organisms that can be a source of disease to humans. They spread bacteria, parasitic worms, ticks, fleas, mites, and more. They chew holes in your exterior. They chew holes in the interior. They damage stored furniture and items in stored boxes. They get into stored foods and contaminate them. Of all the things roof rats do, the worst is that they chew on wires and gas lines. This can lead to a house fire. But you're likely to not want them in your home simply because they leave their droppings and urine everywhere they explore, and they sometimes make noises in walls.

How do I prevent black rats from infesting my home?

If you do not have an infestation yet, there are a few things you can do to reduce your chances of having one.

  • Remove yard clutter.

  • Keep your grass trimmed.

  • Address conditions that allow puddles to form.

  • Remove containers that capture rainwater.

  • Put fencing around food that is growing in your yard.

  • Move bird feeders far from your exterior walls.

  • Trim tree branches away from your roofline and exterior walls.

  • Remove lattices and other structures or vegetation these rats can climb up.

  • Put wire mesh in downspouts to let the water flow out while preventing rats from climbing up.

How do I get rid of black rats?

If black rats have already infested your home, it is best to have a licensed pest management professional address this problem. Roof rats can be difficult to remove. And if you fail to remove all the rats from your home, you can continue to be at risk for illness, property damage, or a house fire.
We have a question for you: Do you live in Las Vegas? If you do, reach out to Red Rock Pest Control for industry-leading pest control solutions. Don't let those rats live with you. Get help today.


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