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Roof rats invading Vegas neighborhood

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Rats caught in the Anthem area (Courtesy: Western Exterminator Company) Rats caught in the Anthem area (Courtesy: Western Exterminator Company)
A roof rat caught in the Anthem area (Courtesy: Western Exterminator Company) A roof rat caught in the Anthem area (Courtesy: Western Exterminator Company)
HENDERSON, NV (FOX5) -

A southern Nevada woman is trying to spread the word about roof rats spreading through the Anthem neighborhood on the valley's east side.

Charlene Spoor first noticed her problem when a foul smell came from her laundry room.

"Looked under everything, cleaned everything, then last resort took the little silver pipe off the vent hose from the drier to the wall, and low and behold his tail was hanging out and he was a very good sized rat!" Spoor told FOX5.

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When Spoor called an exterminator, he told her this rat hadn't chewed his way into the vent, because there were no holes.

The exterminator believed the rat fell into the vent from the roof, which is a common entry point for Black Rats, also known as roof rats.

"In general they are going to want to be up high, so another thing we recommend is people to keep their trees trimmed up off of their roof," said Grady Jones with Western Exterminator Company.

Jones says these roof rats are common in Anthem's hills and that his exterminators are making several visits to the area a week.

But Jones warns roof rats are not limited to one part of the valley and the number of foreclosed homes is making the situation worse.

"If a yard is overgrown, that's going to be your first clue. If no one is living there, they could get in the attic and really start to multiply and no one knows," said Jones.

Spoor has put out bait traps in her yard.

But she wants other neighbors to know those rats could just move on to their homes.

"I just can't urge people enough to take an interest in this, and bait and let's all work together and we will keep them under control because they're nasty little critters," Spoor said.

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