Rats in Phoenix

Phoenix Rat Species

Invasive rodents such as roof rats are attracted to the mild winters and plentiful citrus fruit of Phoenix, AZ. Also called black rats or house rats, they are more active during the day than their cousin the Norway rat and head indoors when temperatures drop at night, allowing them to have a year-round presence in the area. Their name stems from the fact that they like being off the ground, often found in trees and attics. The pests are drawn to citrus fruit because its high water content meets their moisture needs while providing nutritional value.

Roof rats in Phoenix are able to transmit diseases to humans, including rat-bite fever, leptospirosis, and typhus, although these rat-transmitted diseases occur infrequently. Once they have accessed a residence, they will eat and contaminate stored food in kitchens and pantries. Their tendency to gnaw on wiring can create fire hazards within structures, and the pests will destroy insulation to use it for nesting material. Roof rats are easily differentiated from other types of domestic rodents by their tails, which are longer than their bodies, hairless, and covered in scales.

More Information:

Rats

Rat Diet

Rat Tracks

Resources

Rodent Home Protection

What do Roof Rats Look Like? | Get Rid of Rats

Roof rat illustration

What do Mice Eat? | Mouse Food Sources

Pest Control

Rodent Pest Control | Get Rid Of Rats & Mice

What Do Gophers Look Like? | Gopher Identification

Image coming soon

House Mice Identification and Control | Rodent Removal

House mouse illustration

Which Types of Rodents Live in the Desert?

Image coming soon

Mole Rodent Facts | Get Rid of Mole Rodents

Image coming soon

Brown Mice Facts & Information

Image coming soon

How to Identify and Get Rid of Black Mice

Image coming soon

Differences Between Field Mouse vs. House Mouse

Connect with Us

Our customer care team is available for you 24 hours a day.

877-819-5061

Find a Branch

Our local Pros are the pest experts in your area.

Get a Personalized Quote

We will help you find the right treatment plan for your home.

THE BEST IN PESTS.™

SERVICES

Pest ControlTermite ControlPrevent and Protect

PEST LIBRARY

Browse All Pests

© 2022 Orkin LLC

Terms of UsePrivacyAccessibility StatementCareers