The sound of footsteps on the roof this winter season probably isn’t reindeer, but rather roof rats. Vancouver Island company’s are seeing a significant increase in the pesky rodents. Communities from Victoria to Campbell River are seeing huge spikes in calls year to year.
What do you get when a mild summer follows after a warm winter? Pest experts say perfect mating conditions for rats.
“They make a lot of them, 30 or 40 per year,” However, as colder temperatures move in so do rats, according to Blair Dooley of Old island Pest control
He says the rats will seek warmth in the attic and walls of your home.
“The roof rat lives in trees, shrubs, and they’ll live in ivy vines,” he said. “They love to go in voids of that nature. They get in some unique situations in homes.”
Blair says homeowners get unnerved when a rat dies, filling a house with smell of decay, but ripping down walls to remove a dead rat can be expensive.
Blair recommends using traps to avoid this issue and he reminds us that the stench of dead rats can last over a month.
However, Blair believes homeowners should take measures to keep rats out in the first place by cutting trees and vines back away from your home, as well as patching any holes you may find in any exterior wall or door. Even holes as small as a quarter can be just enough to lead a small army of rats into your home.
Do you think you might have Roof Rats?