The common rat (Norway rat) is such a terrible pest. They are destructive little creatures commonly found in urban and suburban neighborhoods. These rodents eat and contaminate food, damage buildings and other property by gnawing and burrowing in buildings and other properties. They typically spread diseases due to their filthy nature.
How To Recognize A Rat Infestation
If you know what you’re looking for a rat infestation is easy to find. The ‘obvious’ evidence is the detection of droppings of fresh gnawing. But you can also find tracks in mud or on dusty surfaces. Runways and burrows may be found next to buildings, along fences or railroad tracks, and under low vegetation and debris. Action Pest Control can have a trained technician out to you in less than 24 hours.
Just The Facts
1. Norway rats are the husky, brownish rodents that weigh about 11 ounces.
2. They are about 13 to 18 inches long including their 6 to 8 1/2 inch tail.
3. Their fur is coarse and mostly brown with scattered black on the upper surfaces. The underside is typically grey to yellowish-white.
Rats are definitely not picky critters, They will eat everything and anything that comes their way. Nonetheless, they seem to have high end palates as they prefer high-quality foods such as meat and fresh grain. Rats require 1/2 to 1 fluid ounce of water daily when feeding on dry food. Rats have a keen sense of taste, hearing and smell. They will climb to find food or shelter, and they can gain entrance to a building through any opening larger than 1/2 inch across.
Rats have litters of 6 to 12 young, which are born 21 to 23 days after mating. Young rats reach reproductive maturity in about three months. Breeding is most active in spring and fall. The average female has four to six litters per year. Rats can live for up to 18 months, but most die before they are one year old.