Norway Rats

Rattus norvegicus
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What do Norway rats look like?

norway rat exiting from underneath a new jersey home looking for food

The adult Norway rat’s long, heavy body grows to between 7 and 9 ½ inches in length; their tail adds another 6 to 8 inches to their total body length. Norway rats have a rounded blunt nose, bulging eyes, small ears, and a bi-colored tail.

Their scruffy fur is brown and is peppered with black hairs; the fur on their underside is lighter in color and is usually gray or white.

Are Norway rats dangerous?

Yes, Norway rats are dangerous to have living in or around your home. Norway rats have very powerful jaws and teeth that can chew through and damage things like pipes, flooring, electrical wires, and drywall; they can destroy personal items like furniture and clothing and contaminate food, pantries and kitchens with their saliva, urine and feces- spreading serious diseases.

They follow the same path or “runway” from their nest to their food and they leave behind grease marks and dirt from their fur along walls and other stationary objects. Norway rats may also build burrows under sidewalks, decks, garages, sheds, and foundations causing structural damage.

Why do I have a Norway rat problem?

Like other types of rodents Norway rats like to live in close proximity to people in order to have easy access to food, water and shelter. Norway rats like to feed on fish, pet food, garbage, and dry goods. Norway rats are poor climbers and therefore are found invading the ground level of homes and other buildings; they are shy and hide during the day, usually in basements and crawl spaces and only come out at night to forage for food.

Can I control Norway rats?

DIY rat control treatments are more often than not ineffective, the fastest way to eliminate dangerous and damaging Norway rats from your home and property is with the help of the premier rodent control experts at Arrow Pest Control. Our rodent control technicians have the training, knowledge and equipment needed to quickly and safely eliminate all Norway rats from your home.

If Norway rats have decided to invade your New Jersey property or home, contact the dedicated pest professionals at Arrow Pest Control today to find out more about our innovative rodent control services!

How do I make my property less attractive to Norway rats?

There are several steps that you can take to deter Norway rats from choosing your New Jersey home and property to be their home.

  • Seal gaps found in the foundation of your home, place covers over all vents, and fill in the spaces found around utilities that are entering into your home.
  • Pick-up uneaten pet food and store pet food inside plastic or metal containers.
  • Make sure that outdoor trash cans have tight fitting lids.
  • Place woodpiles away from the exterior of your home; remove piles of debris from your property.
  • Inside of your home regularly remove trash and make sure that to keep clutter is kept to a minimum in the basement and other storage areas.
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