Learn More about Norway Rats & Their Habits

Norway rat

Description


Norway rats have smaller eyes and ears and shorter tails then roof rats.


Colour: Gray, brown or black

Legs: Four

Shape: Long

Size: 10 to 12 inches (8 inch body plus 4 inch tail)


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 your home or building. Remove debris piles. Seal any holes larger than 1/4 inch. Remove moisture and harborage sources.

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