There are several different types of rats that can invade your home and cause problems for you. Norway rats are some of the most common rats. They originated in Asia before making their way to the United States in the late 1700s, and they are usually brown and measure about 13 to 18 inches in length, including their tails. They are known to be social rodents and often build their burrows close to other rats. Here are some other facts about Norway rats.
They Can Enter Homes Through a Hole the Size of a Quarter
Norway rats often live in fields, in the soil near rivers, in wood piles, and under concrete slabs. But if they find a home or another type of structure, they will try to get inside of it, and it doesn’t take a very big hole for them to gain access. They are capable of entering holes that are as small as quarters. It’s why it’s important for homeowners to seal their homes properly, especially if there’s a chance rats could be nearby.
They Can Gnaw Through Just About Anything
Norway rats have been known to gnaw through many different kinds of materials. From plastic bins to lead pipes, Norway rats love to gnaw through things, and they will not be deterred by anything. They are constantly on the hunt for food and water and will stop at nothing to find it, even if it means chewing through something that might seem indestructible.
They Can Carry a Bunch of Diseases
Norway rats can carry diseases like jaundice, cowpox, salmonellosis, rat-bite fever, and more. They can also introduce fleas into a home, and they can contaminate food.
If you have Norway rats in your home or other pests that you want to get rid of right away, the best way to do it is by hiring a licensed exterminator to get the job done. Comfort Pest Control can send an experienced exterminator to your home to remove Norway rats and keep them away for good. Call us at 716-366-2120 today to schedule an appointment.