Roof, Norway & Wood (Pack) Rats

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Different Types of Rats Found in Florida

Throughout Ocala, The Villages and in the surrounding area of the Central Florida communities there are rodents that infiltrate homes and businesses. The primary rodents are Roof rats, Norway rats, and Wood rats. No matter which rodent is intruding in your home or business, count on Pest911 to remove them!

What Do Roof Rats Look Like & Where Do They Live?

Roof rats are the most common of the species of rats found in South Florida and because they are so common, other rats are often accused of being roof rats by untrained folks. Generally, roof rats are vegetarians, but will eat anything to survive. Females are capable of producing 20 babies a years and typically live 2-3 years. The Roof Rats usually grow up to 8 inches in length and are either black or dark brown in color; featuring long tails and enormous ears and eyes. Their fur is surprisingly smooth and their bodies are described as small and sleek in comparison to the Norway rat. Roof Rats normally chose to nest in attic space when they cozy up into structures and leave behind grease marks along surfaces.

Norway Rat Identification, Size, Diet & Habitat

Norway Rats have a tendency to stay outside, but will find their way in if the need arises to look for food. They will consume anything from grains and fruit to meat, meaning they are omnivores. Norway Rats burrow and find places in basements and crawl spaces to linger during the day. They only live for about a year and a female will produce up to 22 babies in that year. Norway Rats will grow up to 16 inches in length, are either gray or brown in color and have shaggy fur. Their tails are shorter than their bodies and both their tails and ears are covered in scales.

Wood AKA Pack Rat Appearance & Behavior

Wood Rats not only steal food and leave droppings wherever they happen to be, but they are also little thieves and are so nicknamed “Pack Rats” as they will take off with small items. Wood Rats will grow up 17 inches in length and are near the same size as the Norway rat. The sure way to tell them apart is to observe the Wood Rat’s hamster-like look that they have. This is a long, soft, fine fur with furry tails as opposed to the scaly tails the Norway Rats have. Wood Rats can be found black, gray, or brown in color.

Rat Control & Removal

Rats in general can wreak havoc on your home by the damage they cause foraging for food and creating their nests. They can cause harm to your health as they carry and transmit dangerous diseases and illnesses such as salmonella and hantavirus. Rats also transport other pests in their fur such as mites and lice. If you find rodents of any kind in your Ocala, The Villages and surrounding of the Central Florida communities commercial business or residential home contact Pest911 immediately for assistance.