Rats invade roofs in Memphis suburbs

Rats invade roofs in Memphis suburbs
Published: Oct. 1, 2015 at 3:49 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 2, 2015 at 8:47 AM CDT
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SHELBY COUNTY, TN (WMC) - Homeowners in Germantown and Collierville are making shocking discoveries in their attics.

Rats are invading homes by way of the roofs, and pest control companies are busy trying to get the persistent problem under control.

"I'm actually shocked to go into attics and not find evidence," said Wildlife Solvers employee Chris Settle. "I've been in multiple attics, not animal related, and found evidence of animals."

Settle's job for the last 10 years has been removing rats, squirrels and other unwanted pets out of homes.

"I had a customer, she had roof rats," Settle recalled. "We did the job, fortunately. There was close to about 40 rats that were stuck in the attic when we did it."

Photos sent to the WMC Action News 5 newsroom from another home show a dead rodent, covered in maggots, that was found in a Collierville residence. And that's not the only one.

At another home in Collierville, Settle removed squirrels and rats, then sealed up parts of the roof with metal plates and screens near gutters.

"Down south, unfortunately, they leave the roof gap open where the face board meets the roof decking, and a lot of times this allows these rodents to hang out in the gutters and nudge their head underneath the shingles using it like a doggie door in a sense," said Settle.

So why are these animals headed to Germantown and Collierville?

"It's the vegetation, I believe," Settle explained. "They have a lot of nice trees and bushes, a lot more food."

Inspect your attic. Look on the floor and look for tunnels in the insulation so you don't have to deal with unwanted guests coming through the roof.

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