Norway Rat Control

Roof rats get their name from their tendency to be found in the upper parts of buildings. Ranging in size from 6 to 8 inches in length, not including their tails, they have very poor vision and are color blind. They do have extremely strong senses of hearing, smell, touch and taste.

Norway rats are large rodents with brown, white, and gray coloring that typically weigh between 12 and 16 ounces. Their tail is scaled and usually shorter than their head and body. They also have small ears and a snubbed nose.

Habitat

Roof rats can be found in the upper parts of buildings, and can also be found under, in and around structures. They only need a space of one-half inch to get into buildings.

Norway rats first came to the U.S. in the 18th century on ships from Great Britain and spread rapidly across the continent.  They can now be found anywhere around the world and often make their home in burrows, which often have one central entrance and a few ‘escape’ holes.

Infestation Signs

If you see burrows near your building, large droppings (5/8 – 3/4 inch) or a rat itself, you could have an infestation. Other signs include bite marks on items or stored food, greasy body marks along the floor or between tight spaces, or small rodent footprints. Norway rats are typically active at night, but may seen during the day.

Reproduction

If you suspect an infestation, it is imperative to get quality rodent control services as soon as possible. Rats do not hibernate and breed year-round. Pregnancies last only three weeks, and female rats can produce up to 12 litters per year. The lifespan of a Norway Rat is typically one to two years.

Control / Prevention

To prevent rats from entering a home, seal up any holes or cracks larger than a quarter. Remove sources of moisture and harborage. To prevent Norway rats, you’ll want to limit what they seek most: food, water, and shelter. To do this, make sure food and garbage containers have lids and are well sealed, fix water leaks, and eliminate trash and standing water in your yard and surrounding building area. Keep doors, windows, and vents closed, screened, or covered.

Rodents are tricky to get rid of, but experienced professionals can help. If you are searching for knowledgeable pest control in Pierce, Thurston or South King counties, contact us today! We know we can help you solve your rodent problems and our past and present customers agree! To see what our clients have to say about us, read our reviews. Having an infestation is stressful, but we can help you solve your rodent problem.

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Rodents are tricky to get rid of, but experienced professionals can help. If you are searching for knowledgeable pest control in Olympia or Tacoma, contact us today! We know we can help you with your rodent problems and our past and present customers agree! To see what our clients have to say about us, read our reviews. Having an infestation is stressful, but we can help you get rid of the problem!

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