Palm Rats, also known as Roof Rats, are the leading rodent pest in Florida and in other tropical climates. They are climbers and prefer to nest off the ground in trees. They also prefer fruit as their main food source, and for this reason their name comes from Palm Trees.
Their body spans from three to eight inches long and they have the ability to jump a distance of up to eight feet. Their lifespan is two to three years and their litters can range from five to eight juveniles, up to six times a year. Roof rats generally prefer vegetables, fruits and grain, consuming ½ to 1 ounce per day. They also consume an ounce per day of water.
Their ease of accessing indoor areas leads to a frequent need for palm rat control measures. Since they spend most of their time in trees feeding, it gives them easy access to leap onto your roof. Palm Rats also have no problem chewing on the sealant along the roof tiles and gain access into your home.
At our Naples pest control company, we know from experience that sometimes traps aren’t the best option. The only way to ensure your thorough palm rat control is to not only trap them out of your house, but exclude them as well using Catseye’s Cat-Guard Exclusion System. By excluding the rats, they will stay out of your home and move on to another roof.