Phoenix Roof Rats

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Roof Rat


As the Valley’s leading Roof Rats exterminator company for decades, we have helped thousands of families and businesses remove unwanted black rats, roof rats, and house mouse pests from their home or business location, including rodent control. Contact us today for a Consultation.


phoenix roof rats The roof rat or Rattus rattus has been one of the scourges of mankind for thousands of years. The rat has been identified as the cause of the black plague during the middle ages. The first roof rat in Phoenix was spotted in 2001. There have subsequently been confirmed sightings of the roof rat in Phoenix, Tempe, Glendale, Paradise Valley and Glendale. You will notice you have rats either by spotting one, seeing droppings or if you have citrus fruit trees, partially eaten fruit on the ground. Small holes in screens are also an indication of rats or possibly mice.

If you suspect you have roof rats or mice for that matter, call Atomic Pest Control for a FREE Consultation and to take our no risk challenge. Our Phoenix roof rat removal and pest professional specialists will come out and show you the 7 areas of rodent vulnerability. If they cannot find at least 7 areas of vulnerability, your service is free. Atomic Pest Control can help you with the following as a part of a comprehensive roof rat service:

  • Home Proofing: Seal House and Attic
  • Landscape Care: Trim and manicure trees and bushes.
  • Food & Water Sources: Identify and abate fruit trees, secure pet food and water sources.
  • Protection & Eradication
  • Bait Traps, bait stations, trapping sites, rat activity, rat droppings, roof rat problem
  • Vector Control
  • Getting rid of food sources like bird seed, bulk foods, citrus trees, tree limbs, brush piles,  bird baths and garbage containers
  • Point out other entry points and areas roof rats could be liking (storage boxes, water heaters, sprinkler heads as a water source, sewer stacks, citrus crops, rat activity)

Common Names:

Black Rat, Ship Rat, Gray-Bellied Rat, Alexandrine rat, and White-Bellied Rat

Physical Characteristics:

• A typical roof rat is about 6-8 inches long including its tail and head; weighing 5-9oz
• Fur is considered sleek and graceful, ears can be pulled over the eyes of the rat, snout is pointed, and tail is longer than body.
• Roof rats’ range in grayish to solid black with a lighter colored belly.
• Has poor eyesight including color-blindness; but has a keen sense of smell, touch, taste, and hearing.


• Resides above ground; may live in trees, sides of buildings, inside buildings in attics, ceiling voids, and building roof linings. Some will live in underground burrows, garbage piles, and landscaped bushes.
• Enter buildings by climbing various utility lines and climbing (like squirrels)
• In Arizona, these rodents love to live in oleanders, palm trees, yucca plants, pampas grass, honeysuckle, Italian cypress trees, any heavy shrubbery, wood piles, and storage boxes.
• Very shy and are eerie of new surroundings and foods. (bait shy)
• Like Norway rats, roof rats are considered omnivorous; they will eat anything that is available.


• Female rats average 4-6 litters of pups each year; 6-12 pups in a litter.
• Roof rats are most famous for spreading the highly contagious bubonic plague in the Middle Ages.