What are Norway Rats?
The Norway rat commonly referred to as the street or sewer rat, is believed to be of Asian origin, arriving in the U.S. on ships from other countries in the 1700s. Today, Norway rats are found throughout the world. Norway rats have poor vision and are colorblind. Their other senses, including hearing, smell, touch and taste make up for their bad vision. Although not agile, they are capable of running, climbing, jumping and swimming. Norway rats are known to cause damage to properties and structures through their gnawing.
- Color: Brown with scattered black hairs; gray to white underside
- Legs: 4
- Shape: Long, heavily bodied; blunt muzzle
- Size: 7-9 ½ inches long
- Antennae: No
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What Do Norway Rats Look Like?
Signs of a Norway Rat Infestation
Norway Rat Prevention
How to Prevent Norway Rats
Norway rats can reproduce quickly, giving birth to about three to six litters each year. This makes it all the more important to take proactive measures, such as Norway rat control, to prevent an infestation from taking root.
Norway rats are often drawn to piles of wood, so homeowners should keep firewood stored well away from the structure and remove debris piles to reduce ideal nesting spots. It is also important to seal any holes on the outside of the home with steel wool to block potential points of entry. It is best to eliminate sources of moisture like leaky pipes, especially in crawl spaces and basements, as the dampness can attract Norway rats in search of drinking water. If you see signs of a Norway Rat infestation, please give us a call at 336-272-4400 to set up an inspection by one of our certified technicians.
How to Get Rid of Norway Rats
The safest and most effective way for homeowners to get rid of Norway rats is to work with a professional. PMi can help with these infestations.
Thanks to their propensity to gnaw through almost anything, Norway rats can cause damage to properties and structures, making them a threat to homeowners. Equally important, Norway rats are carriers of serious diseases, including jaundice, rat-bite fever, cowpox virus, trichinosis and salmonellosis. Norway rats also pose other health threats, as they can contaminate food and introduce fleas into a home.