Pinnacle Pest Control services Rocklin for the removal and prevention of rodent infestations. Proper rodent identification is the first step to removing an infestation

No matter how beautiful and pest safe you think your home or city is such as Rocklin, proper pest control when it comes to rats, must be utilized and maintained to prevent an infestation. Before you can successfully trap the rats, you must have a good idea which type of rat is coming into your home. Many times it is best to know a little about the types of rodents in the area and how they behave so that we can guard against them.

In California, the most troublesome rats are the roof rat and the Norway rat.

Norway rats,  sometimes called brown or sewer rats is a brown or gray rodent that measures 7-10 inches long with a tail that’s slightly shorter than the length of its body. This pest can weigh nearly twice as much as a Roof Rat and be many times larger than the common mouse.  With an average weight of about 11 ounces, they have acute hearing and a great sense of smell.  However, their eye sight is very poor.  The Norway rat is capable of consuming almost anything it can find. If conditions permit, this rat can breed throughout the year producing up to 5 litters.  These rats usually nest in burrows in the soil, basements and sewers.  When Norway rats invade buildings, they usually remain in the basement or ground floor. If you’re finding damage to the lower portion of your home, or around the homes foundation, there’s a good chance you’re dealing with a Norway rat.

Roof rats, also called black rats, are slightly smaller than Norway rats.

Unlike Norway rats, their tails are longer than their heads and bodies combined and they nest in higher elevations such as your eves, roofline or ridge vents. Their droppings are roughly 3/4” long with blunt ends, compared to the droppings of Roof Rats which are roughly 1/2” long with pointed ends. The Roof Rat measures about 6-8 inches long and has a tail that’s slightly longer than its body. In comparison, the Roof Rat is much smaller than the Norway rat, with an average weight of 4-11 ounces. Their fur can be from black to brown with a lighter underside. These pests prefer to live in dry, upper levels of buildings and are usually found in wall cavities or false ceilings. In the wild, they will build nests in the trees, cliffs or elevated rocks. Roof rats are agile climbers and usually live and nest above ground in shrubs, trees, and dense vegetation. In buildings, they are most often found in enclosed or elevated spaces such as attics, walls, false ceilings, and cabinets. The roof rat has a more limited geographical range than the Norway rat and they prefer ocean-influenced, warmer climates. In areas where the roof rat occurs, the Norway rat might also be present.

At 22 miles from Sacramento, and with a population of about 57,000 people, Rocklin is a major service center for our company and we have learned quite a bit about its history and demographics.  A notable fact is that During the 1850s, miners sluiced streams and rivers including Secret Ravine which runs through Rocklin. The piles of dredge tailings, is still obvious today.

If you suspect you are experiencing an infestation, be sure to call a pest control professional that can eliminate your home invaders swiftly and safely.