There are quite a few rodents found throughout Kentucky. Mice and rats are pests that frequently intrude into homes and businesses and wreak havoc. Any rodent in your home or business is terrible from the theft of food and materials for nesting. In their daily activities, the urinate and defecate where ever they happen to be, they contaminate your food and surfaces, they destroy structure and utility lines, as well as a pose a physical medical threat. In Kentucky, we are commonly invaded by house mice, deer mice, and Norway Rats. Today, at All-Rite Pest Control would like to share some of the basics concerning the Norway rats you may find in your Kentucky home.
What Do Invasive Norway Rats Look Like?
Found around the world, Norway rats are very common rodents and despite their name, it is believed these rats originated in Asia. These rats are fairly discernible if you know what you are looking for. Norway rats feature a blunt muzzle, a short scaly tail, and smaller ears, in comparison to other rats. They have scattered black hairs throughout their coarse fur that ranges in color to variations of brown and gray. The underside of Norway rats is lighter in color of gray or white. Norway rats average 12 ½ – 18 ½ inches in length range in size. Scurrying around on all fours like most rodents, these rats average 10 to 11 ¾ ounces in weight.
Where Do Norway Rats Live?
Fall tends to be the more popular time of year when these pests infiltrate homes and businesses as the temperatures drop, and food and water becomes scarce, however, Norway rats will invade homes any time of year given the opportunity. Norway rats live socially, burrowing in close proximity to one another and doing daily activities together. Generally, if you see one rat, you can be there is more. Once inside they seek the undisturbed areas such as under the clutter and debris found in basements. Outdoors Norway rats are likely found in farmland and fields but will take shelter in structures in these areas that offer safety, shelter, and other comforts as well as to flee harsh weather conditions and/or predators. The loose soil is where they prefer to burrow, typically along riverbanks or developed areas around concrete slabs, wood piles, garbage, and other clutter.
Norway Rat Damage & Diseases
Norway rats have incredibly powerful gnawing capabilities, making them often the culprits when homeowners discover destroyed electrical wires and plumbing pipes, as they. They are so powerful they can chew through plastic and lead pipes. In addition to the utility lines they can gnaw through, Norway rats can easily tear through food wrapped in flimsy plastic, paper, and cardboard. Once they break into your food supply, they will steal what they can and contaminate the rest with their bodily waste or other bacteria that has attached to their body. Not only do are they vectors of diseases such as rat-bite fever, the plague, cowpox virus, salmonellosis, jaundice, and trichinosis, but it is very probable they carry fleas which can spread and deliver the diseases they carry as well.
Rodent Prevention & Control
With simple housekeeping, controlling clutter, trimming back vegetation, and storing your food in air-tight containers, you can keep your food and home well protected in conjunction with adequate sealing of your home and preventative pest control services. Whether you need assistance getting rid of Norway rats or simply want help to better protect your home, call All-Rite Pest Control and our pest technicians will do the rest.