Norway Rats


formal_name
Rattus norvegicus
description
These rats have smaller eyes and ears and shorter tails.
color
Gray, brown or black
legs
4
shape
Long
size
10" - 12"
antenanae
False
region
habits
Rats are excellent climbers and often enter a home in the fall when outside food sources become scarce.
habitat
Norway rats live in fields, farm lands and in structures. Rats are often found in woodpiles. Rodents can gain entry to a home through a hole the size of a quarter.
threats
Rats can chew through wiring, causing fires. They also spread numerous diseases.
prevention
Keep firewood stored well away from the structure. Remove debris piles. Seal any holes larger than 1/4 inch. Remove moisture and harborage sources.
catagories
pest_category_id
12
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