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Norway Rats

Norway rats (or common rats) are typically found wherever humans are. They seek out shelter and food sources that make your home an ideal habitat for them. In addition to infesting a home and spoiling food, these large rodents can spread disease rapidly, if untreated.

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Norway rats (or common rats) are typically found wherever humans are. They seek out shelter and food sources that make your home an ideal habitat for them. In addition to infesting a home and spoiling food, these large rodents can spread disease rapidly, if untreated.

Characteristics

As an adult, the Norway Rat can weigh 12-16 oz. with a body length of 6-8 inches nose is blunt with small ears, and small eyes. Its fur is shaggy and coarse with variation in colors
Norway rats are reddish brown in color and are typically heavier than a roof rat The length of a Norway rat’s tail is shorter than the combined head and body length. The tail is also dark on top and light underneath

Harborage

Norway rats are burrowers and thrive in environments where there is clutter or garbage. They burrow along foundations and under debris. They are good swimmers and may enter buildings through plumbing access points.

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Treatment

How we treat Norway Rats

For Norway rats, our experts use snap traps with various kinds of food and bait items. We set traps away from pets or children and make sure your family’s safety is prioritized. We work to discover the best and most effective locations for traps that will lead to their removal from your home and property. Norway rats are leery toward new things in their environment and it may take several days for traps to be effective.

Our pest experts take a tailored approach when treating your property and work to ensure that your concerns are addressed and your home is protected, inside and out. We’re dedicated to providing you with peace of mind and making sure you enjoy your home.

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Norway Rats FAQ

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  • What is the difference between Norway rats and brown rats?
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