Rattus norvegicus

Norway rat - Rattus norvegicus
Color: Gray, brown or black
Legs: 4
Shape: Long
Size: 10 to 12 inches (8" body plus 4" tail)
Antennae: No
Region: Throughout the U.S.

These rats have smaller eyes and ears and shorter tails.

 

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 the structure. Remove debris piles. Seal any holes larger than 1/4 inch. Remove moisture and harborage sources

* Information courtesy of National Pest Management Association, Inc.

Centers for Disease Control - Hantivirus

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