As temperatures warm up in Arizona many rodents are going to become more active. In the winter rats, mice, and other pests hibernate to keep warm. As temperatures rise they will begin venturing out from their dens in search of food and new places to nest. This “busy season” for vermin means that we must be diligent in our efforts to keep pests from entering our homes. One of the most commonly seen rodents during this time of year is the “Roof Rat”. The roof rat is actually just a black rat, although than can be many other colors and can be easily identified by their long scaly tails, large ears and small bodies. Roof rats love to climb and can often be found in trees, shrubs and attics, hence the name “Roof Rat”.
Step 1: Eliminate Food and Water
Remove all potential source of food from the premises, such as bird seed and garbage. Routinely harvest ripe fruit and pick up all fruit that has fallen to the ground from surrounding trees. Avoid storing food in garages and storage sheds unless the location is rat-proof. Keep trash cans closed and with tightly fitting lids. Repair any leaking faucets, sprinklers and/or piping. Do not allow standing water.
In the Prescott/Phoenix area the AZEX technicians are constantly dealing with the “fear factor” of some bugs. Some pests are just “scarier” than other, which of course is very subjective and may or may not mean that these bugs/pests are dangerous. Here we take a quick look at each of these pests and evaluate if they are actually dangerous and what you should do if you spot of these creatures.
#5: Rats and Mice