One of the most common rat species around the world, the Norway rat, also known as the sewer or street rat, reached US shores shortly after the colonists in the 1700s, and since then it has been a staple pest in the country. In this article, we’re going to take a look at how you can control this pest in your home.
Identifying the Norway rat
Norway rats range in length from 7 to 9 inches, and they have long, fat bodies with brown fur and a gray underside. They are found throughout the US, and their tail is shorter than their body. You can tell that you are dealing with a Norway rat because of its size, making it hard to confuse for a mouse, unless you happen to come across a very young specimen.
Norway rats have a rapid reproduction cycle, with one female giving birth to anywhere from three to six litters per year. The infestation is also hard to detect in its early stages, which is why it’s important to have preventative measures in place. Make sure that you remove any nesting spots in your yard and home. These spots can include clutter, and wood/debris piles. You also want to remove any entryway into the home, by sealing any holes in your exterior walls with steel wool. Make sure to remove sources of water such as leaky pipes as well.
If the rats have already entered the home, you have several options at your disposal. You can use a variety of traps, from glue to humane and snap traps. You also have the option of using rodenticides. However, with this latter option you have to be careful if you have pets or young children. In this situation, you want to purchase a bait station in which to place the rodenticide. However, if the infestation is too advanced, it may be hard to control through conventional methods. This is where you will need the help of a professional.
Getting professional help
Rats are dangerous and disgusting pests to have. They spread disease, have a foul smell, and are very unhygienic. Getting rid of them quickly should be a top priority. If you suspect that you have an infestation in your home, get in touch with us today and we will send someone over to help you get rid of it.