Memphis ranked #1 city for roof rats

Published: Oct. 26, 2016 at 3:08 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 26, 2016 at 3:49 PM CDT
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(Source: Wildlife Solvers)
(Source: Wildlife Solvers)

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Many Memphians may be experiencing some uninvited visitors.

Terminix released a list of the top 10 cities with roof rat infestations, and Memphis has been ranked as number 1.

Autumn is the most common season for roof rats because their outdoor food source has lessened.

They are easier to distinguish from other better-known rodent relatives because of their long scaled tails.

According to Paul Curtis, board certified entomologist and manager of technical services with Terminix, although roof rats usually stay out of plain sight, they are often times a sign of an infestation.

Curtis also said they are most active at night and often leave smudge marks as result of dirt and oil.

Roof rats tend to enter through buildings through holes, soffit vents, cables entering buildings and turbine and box vents of roofs.

In October 2015, roof rats invaded Memphis suburbs, shocking residents. But that's not the only time Memphis has had roof rat infestations. In September 2016, several Memphians found roof rats plagues their homes again.

For more information on how to prevent roof rats or to set up an interview with Terminix to identify where to spot roof rats in your home, click this press release.

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