WE'RE OPEN 24/7

NORWAY RAT

Our humane Norway rat removal service is the best and safest way to rid your home or business of rats for good.

Home / Pest Library / Norway Rat

OUR NORWAY RAT EXTERMINATORS GET RESULTS

When you need professional rat exterminators, turn to Terminix Canada. We permanently get rid of rats so you can maintain a safe and healthy space.

Norway Rat Identification

Size: A Norway rat’s head and body is 7 to 10 inches, with the tail measuring another 6 to 8 inches.

Colour: Brown with some black/ grey hairs.

Description: Distinguishing Norway rats from house mice is easy. The fur of a Norway rat is coarse, shaggy, and brown with some black hairs. The muzzle is blunt, eyes and ears are small, and the tail is bi-coloured.

Order/Family: Rodentia/Muridae.

Scientific Name: Rattus Norvegicus.

Did You Know?

The Norway rat isn’t actually from Norway. Other aliases include brown rat, sewer rat, grey rat, water rat, barn rat, and wharf rat.

Norway Rat Biology

Adults are sexually mature within two to five months. Females produce three to six litters per year, each averaging seven to eight young. Adults live from six to twelve months. Norway rats have poor sight, but keen senses of smell, taste, hearing, and touch.

Norway Rat Behaviour, Diet, Habitat and Life Cycle

Firstly, rats are nocturnal. Norway rats prefer to nest in burrows in the soil, for example, under sidewalks and concrete pads, streams/riverbanks, railroad truck beds, areas next to buildings, and in low-ground cover. The burrows typically have one main entry hole and at least one escape hole. They enjoy damp environments and are strong swimmers. Rats are nocturnal creatures that enjoy burrowing underground and can even swim through drainpipes.

They prefer foods such as meat, fish, and cereals, and require a separate non-food water source. Their foraging range is large, roughly 100 to 150 feet from their nest. Rats are known to cause significant structural and product damage.

Wondering How To Get Rid Of Norway Rats?

Are you questioning how to get rid of Norway rats? The keys to a successful rodent control program are identification, sanitation, elimination of harbourage, and rodent-proofing.

Several anticoagulant rodenticides are available in various forms. When baiting outdoors, these products should be placed in tamper-resistant bait stations. Baits can also be placed deep into burrows, but the burrows should be collapsed soon thereafter. If you still aren’t sure how to get rid of Norway rats, contact Terminix Canada today. We specialize in humane residential and commercial Norway rat control.

Terminix Canada Norway Rat Exterminators Can Help You

Our humane Norway rat removal service is the best and safest way to rid your home or business of rats for good.

Get A Free Estimate Today

Terminix Canada Reviews

google reviews

4.5 224 reviews

  • Avatar Bill smith ★★★★★ a month ago
    Adam from the Greater Toronto office arrived and did a great job making and installing 2 one-way doors over our bathroom stack vents to alleviate our red squirrel … read more problem. We are very happy with the service and the cost also and it has given us peace of mind. We left a message on their answering machine on the weekend and they called us first thing Monday morning and before the day was over our problem was solved. Thanks so much for such a prompt response!Bill and Sally S., Kincardine ON
  • Avatar Vijay Guyah ★★★★★ 2 months ago
    I have pest control services at 5 locations across different cities with different providers. Derrick in Wildlife at Terminix is the best professional in the industry. … read more He sees the problem all the way through, and is thorough in explaining his approach.
  • Avatar Beverley Heilbron ★★★★★ 5 months ago
    Overall a very professional organization. I had contacted two other exterminators who never responded to my request. Terminix responded within 24 hours the technician … read more was very helpful and even provided his phone number so that I could text him if the problem persisted. The good news is I no longer have a wasp issue

Coast To Coast Protection

Find your nearest local pest control expert today. With more than 30 branches across 10 Canadian provinces, you can count on Terminix Canada.