Today we take a look at the Norway Rat. The Norway Rat is found around the world and sometimes is called a street rat or sewer rat. They are 7 to 9.5 inches long and have brown fur with black hairs mixed in. They can’t see well however they can hear, smell, taste and touch quite effectively.
Where Do Norway Rats Come From?
Norway Rats make their way from the outdoors into homes and other structures in search of shelter, warmth, food and water. Common signs of a Norway Rat inside your home include gnaw marks, capsule-shaped droppings, and greasy dark rub marks on surfaces.
How Do I Prevent Norway Rats?
There are several steps you can take to help prevent Norway Rats from getting inside your home:
- Seal holes and gaps on the exterior of your home where they may slip in through
- Keep firewood stacked away from the house
- Remedy any moisture issues such as a leaky pipe
- Store all food products in sealed containers
How Do I Get Rid of Norway Rats?
Norway Rats are not to be taken lightly. Not only are they unsanitary, but they can also do significant damage to your home through their gnawing. If you suspect you have rats inside your home, it is best to contact your local pest control expert. They will evict these unwanted guests and make suggestions for how to best prevent rats from entering your home again in the future.
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