Memphis named second most roof rat infested city in the country

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — While you're sleeping at night, you could have things that go bump in the night running around your attic. We're not talking about ghosts, but roof rats!

Memphis is the second most infested city in the country when it comes to these pesky critters, according to pest control company Terminix.

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We went in search of some and although we didn't find any, we did find that people who live in Germantown and Collierville might not be as lucky.

You don't want to hear these rodents scurrying in your attic.

"As it seems to get cooler, they all seem to move in a little bit more; more of a tropical rat. They like the heat more than they do the cold,” said Farrell Norris from Critter Ridders/Allied Pest Control.

He knows his rats and roof rats have found a home here in Memphis. The city being named the second most infested roof rat city in the country does not surprise Norris.

"We do a lot of roof rat jobs. We get a lot of calls," said Norris.

Most of his calls are in Germantown and Collierville.

He said that rain gutters are an easy access point for the rats.

"The main thing is making sure the ends are blocked off so that they can't get in there and maybe chew or find an area that's not completely closed off," Norris replied.

“When we come into an attic, the main thing that we are looking for are the droppings that will indicate if you have anything up here," said Norris.

Norris said the droppings, if there's a lot, could cause health issues for the homeowners.

These critters could end up costing you a pretty penny if not taken care of. Some homeowners like to do it themselves, but they should probably just leave it to the experts.

"I don't advise putting poison down because if one is poisoned and it dies in your attic and it gets into a place where you can't find it, you definitely going to have a smell for a little while," Norris said.

Norris also added roof rats are typically about the size of a squirrel, and it doesn't take much for them to get into a home. It takes roughly a half inch. If their head gets in, the body will squeeze in as well.