Norway Rat Facts, Appearance and Diet

Rodent Health Threats and Concerns

Norway Rats are relatively large in size with the adult male Norway rat measuring up to 16 inches, including its tail. The Norway Rat is grayish brown in color.
Norway rats can gain entry to a home or business through a hole the size of a quarter.
Norway rats will eat most anything, but prefer a diet of meats, fish and grains, especially dry dog food. Rats require daily access to water in order to survive.
Norway rats do not see well, but have developed senses of hearing, smell, touch and taste. These rats are good at climbing, running, jumping and swimming.
Norway rats are mostly active at night (nocturnal), with periods of high activity just after sunset and right before dawn.

Norway Rat Health Threats & Concerns

Rats are able to gnaw through a variety of materials of varying hardness, including: wood, aluminum, metal sheathing, sheet rock, soft cement, asphalt and soft metals like copper and lead. Rats have been known to chew through plastic water pipes and irrigation systems to gain access to water. Rats in attics can gnaw on utility wires and structural wood, causing damage and potentially causing a fire. Norway rats can carry fleas, ticks, mites and lice, which are vectors of human pathogens, parasites and bacteria. Rats also contaminate areas with their bodies, droppings and urine, making them a significant health concern.

Norway Rat Infestation

Rats reproduce frequently and are capable of breeding on a monthly basis as long as plentiful resources are available. An average rat litter ranges from 6-12 young with the pregnant female rat giving birth after 23 days. Rat reproduction peaks during the fall and spring. Young rats are capable of reproducing at 3 months of age. It is easy to see why a rat problem can get out of control quickly due to the rapid fecundity of rats.

Rodents Chew Wires & Valuables

Rodents teeth do not stop growing. As a result, rodents constantly gnaw and chew on items to file their teeth. Rodents have been known to chew wires in attics and walls, which can cause a spark and lead to a fire.

Norway Rat Inspection

Our service technician will begin the initial rodent control service and any follow-up services with a complete inspection. Your rodent control expert will identify potential harborages, runways, points of entry and will point out evidence of rat activity. Once the inspection is completed, the technician will recommend an appropriate rodent control service for your rat problem.

Norway Rat Control

AmeriGuard Pest Defense provides a variety of different rat control options depending on your unique situation and budget. We provide baiting and trapping services for rat control.

Rodent Service Frequency

There are different rodent services for different rat problems. A 30-Day Rodent Control Baiting Program may be recommended to control and eliminate an isolated or emerging rodent problem. Some residential and commercial customers will be better serviced with an ongoing rat control service. Monthly, Bi-Monthly Rodent Control Services are available. Regular rodent services may be advised if your home or business borders wildlands, vacant lots, open fields or neighboring yards with rodent problems.

Getting Rid of Rats

Certain structural modifications need to be made to ensure complete rodent control. Below are some suggested changes that should be made to achieve optimum rodent elimination.

  • Seal cracks, crevices and gaps
  • Keep trash containers tightly sealed
  • Keep pet food covered and secured
  • Remove wood piles from the structure
  • Elevate stored lumber and firewood
  • Remove clutter and nesting spots
  • Trim trees back from the roof
  • Keep shrubs trimmed back from the structure
  • Pick up fallen and unharvested fruit
  • Make sure thresholds and door sweeps are tightly sealed
  • Replace broken or missing window screens
  • Clean up seed from bird feeders

Scheduling a Rodent Treatment Service

Contact your rodent service experts at AmeriGuard Pest Defense for a free rodent control quote. Most quotes for residential and commercial rodent services can be provided over the phone without any obligation. AmeriGuard Pest Defense’s Rodent Maintenance Program will help to reduce current rodents. A rodent exclusion service will help to prevent future interior rodent problems. No contracts required!

Rodent Decontamination & Clean-Up Services

Rodent Health & Safety Threats

Rodents carry and transmit diseases, including salmonella, tapeworm, murine typhus and others. Rats and mice defecate where they feed. Rats can produce up to 50 droppings a day, whereas the House Mouse can produce up to 100 droppings in a 24 hour period. Rodent urine contains a pheromone that attracts other rodents and causes allergies in children. Rodents in the attic can destroy insulation by using it as nesting material. Dead rodents decay and cause an offensive odor that can be overwhelming and bothersome.

Rodent Clean Up Program

AmeriGuard Pest Defense can provide you with a quote on cleaning up and decontaminating areas where there is a presence of dead rodents and rodent excrement (feces, urine, or saliva) as well as remove all accessible rodents inside and fully clean out the accessible areas of your attic to remedy the mess and get rid of the rodent odor that was left behind. These services are specialized and require the use of personal protective equipment, respirators, and sanitizers.