What are Norway rats?
Norway rats are a species of rodent with small bulging black eyes, a blunt nose, small ears, and a heavy body.
Their fur is shaggy in appearance, usually brown and scattered with black hairs.
The fur on their underside is lighter than the rest of their body; usually a gray or whitish color.
The body of an adult Norway rat is between 7 and 9 ½ inches in length. Their tail is shorter than their body, usually between 6 and 8 inches in length, and is bi-colored - dark in color on the top and lighter in color on the underside.
Their dark, blunt-ended, rod-shaped droppings can also be a way to identify these rodents.
Are Norway rats dangerous?
Yes, Norway rats are dangerous to both people and property. Norway rats can contaminate food and food prep areas with their urine, feces, and saliva. They need to constantly chew to keep their front incisors from overgrowing, this habit leads to damage to the structure of the building they are infesting and to the destruction of personal property. They have the ability to introduce serious diseases and bacteria to people, as well as introduce other parasites like mites and fleas into a home or business.
Why do I have a Norway rat problem?
Outside, Norway rats burrow in things like garbage piles, woodpiles, and under concrete slabs. They move inside while looking for food, water, and shelter. They often enter inside of homes and businesses in the late fall when the weather outside becomes cooler and less desirable for them to live comfortably. This species of rat is a poor climber and therefore invades the basements, crawl spaces, and ground floors of homes and commercial properties.
How do I get rid of Norway rats?
Getting help from a pest control expert that has experience eliminating Norway rats is the most effective way to get rid of an infestation. Norway rats are difficult to find and safely eliminate on your own. At All-American Pest Control, we can help to locate and get rid of all the Norway rats from homes through one of our residential All-For-One pest control bundles, or from businesses through our commercial pest control services in Nashville.
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Can I do it myself?
The best way to safely and completely get rid of Norway rats from your home or business and prevent a re-infestation is to get help from a professional Norway rat control expert. Baits and traps that can be purchased from big box stores are often ineffective and can be dangerous if not mixed or placed properly. If Norway rats have infested your property, contact the pest control experts, in Nashville and Middle Tennessee, All-American Pest Control today.
Why choose All-American Pest Control?
With over 50 years of experience, we know the time, effort, and patience it takes to solve any pest problem, including problems with dangerous and destructive Norway rats. By choosing All-American Pest Control, you can be sure that you will receive quality services, thorough treatments, and a commitment to solving your pest problem by our trained, experienced, and friendly experts.
How can I prevent problems with Norway rats in the future?
The following prevention tips can help to reduce problems with Norway rats:
Make sure that garbage is placed in outdoor trash containers that have locking lids on them. Store trash containers a distance away from the outside of your property.
Place woodpiles a distance away from the outside of your home.
Seal gaps in the foundation and place door sweeps on exterior doors.
Place items like bird feeders away from the exterior of your home.
Place secure screens over the dryer and other vents.
Pick up uneaten pet food and store dry pet food in plastic containers with tight-fitting lids.
Keep food found inside of your home or business in sealed containers or the refrigerator and not out in the open on counters or tables.