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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? Wondering how to get rid of mice and rats in garage? 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.

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