The history of roof rats (Rattus Rattus) is long. They have been known to be pests, and even vectors for diseases such as bubonic plague. The University of Nebraska Lincoln says they can be very agile, and are prolific breeders. Each year, there is an average of three to eight litters of 5 to 8 pups. Repelling roof rats using sound, noise, scent repellents or birds and cats will not be effective. To keep roof rats away from your gutters you will have to approach the problem from many angles.
Wire gutter screens should be installed on every gutter. Place a ladder at the gutter. Place the wire screens over the gutter by climbing up the ladder. Use the included metal clips to secure them.
The history of roof rats (Rattus Rattus) is long. They have been known to be pests or vectors for diseases such as the bubonic plague.
- Use a ladder to support the gutter.
Use an electric drill to make tiny holes at the edges of downspouts. Use leftover gutter screening as a cover for downspout openings. Secure them using wire plant ties through holes in the screen.
With a pair of pole-handled pruning tools and a prune saw, trim any branches or vegetation over 8 feet. Rats can climb trees, and they are capable of jumping long distances.
Put plastic baffles around telephone, cable, and power lines in order to prevent rats from getting to your roof. Rats can be seen crawling up fences and walking tightropes.
Use an electric drill to make tiny holes at the edges of downspout openings.
- Put plastic baffles around telephone, cable, and power lines in order to prevent rats from getting to your roof.
To keep rats and other animals from eating your garbage, secure the garbage can tops using bungee ropes. To discourage rats, keep garbage contained until pickup.
It is best to avoid planting fruit trees near your home. Rats can climb trees and will spoil fruit left on the ground.
If possible, avoid using poisoned snap traps or baits. These methods are also likely to cause death in birds and other wildlife.