3 Types of Florida Rats and How to Know Which One Is Infesting Your Home

3 Types of Florida Rats and How to Know Which One Is Infesting Your Home

If you own property in Florida, you’re probably familiar with the wide range of critters that have the potential to infest your home. And, when it comes to pesky invaders, rats are certainly part of the equation. There are 3 main Florida rats that can be found throughout the state. The last place you want to see them is running...

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3 TYPES OF FLORIDA RATS AND HOW TO KNOW WHICH ONE IS INFESTING YOUR HOME

If you own property in Florida, you’re probably familiar with the wide range of critters that have the potential to infest your home. And, when it comes to pesky invaders, rats are certainly part of the equation.

There are 3 main Florida rats that can be found throughout the state. The last place you want to see them is running through your living room!

Here are three types of rats that reside in Florida—plus, how you can tell them apart so you know what to tell your exterminator.

1. Roof Rats

These little buggers are most frequently seen around the Southern part of the state, but you might find them anywhere the weather is warm.

They’re also prevalent in other areas of Florida, though, so be on the lookout. Roof rats eat mostly veggies, but they’ll munch on anything they can get their paws on.

When identifying roof rats, they typically sport brown or black fur and are around six to eight inches in length. Another common feature is their large ears and eyes.

A female roof rat can produce as many as 20 offspring. If they invade your kitchen, these Florida rats will dig in and eat the food from your pantry and cabinets. They particularly love to nest in attic areas, which is part of where they got their notorious name.

2. Norway Rats

Unlike their cousin the roof rat, Norway rats enjoy burrowing into the ground. They mostly spend their lives outside. These little rats are omnivores, meaning they’ll eat a variety of foods from veggies and grains to meat.

Since they prefer burrows for nesting, you might spot them hiding out in your basement or crawl space (although they prefer to hide out during the daytime). The average lifespan of these rats is about one year. Mother rats can produce around 22 babies at a time!

This type of rat has an average 16-inch length with a tail shorter than its body. You can also identify them by the scaly appearance that covers their ears.

3. Wood Rats 

Even though these rats are less common than the roof or Norway rat, they still have the potential to invade your home.

They’re about the same size as a Norway rat, but more closely resemble a hamster.

You can spot a wood rat thanks to their fluffy fur and long, furry tails. The wood rat’s color ranges from brown or black to gray.

Protect your Home From Florida Rats!

If you think you’ve spotted any one of these Florida rats, it’s important to contact a professional exterminator as soon as possible. They have the expertise to eliminate these potentially dangerous pests from your home.

Once you’ve assessed the problem, it’s time to contact a wildlife removal professional.

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