Norway Rat Control

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Norway rats, more commonly referred to as sewer rats, are remarkably adaptive foragers. Any promise of abundant food and shelter will quickly draw rats away from their natural habitats of marshes and streams straight into homes and barns, creating a nightmare scenario for farmers and homeowners. Norway rats can cause significant damage to homes and personal property. Their tendency to burrow in walls and under floors can exasperate weak points of buildings and make the foundations unstable. Norway rats are also prone to gnawing, which can cause major structural damage. Perhaps most alarmingly, Norway rats often carry diseases that contaminate the human food they consume; eating this food can cause a person to become incredibly ill.

Rats’ ability to squeeze into the smallest nooks and crannies and devour most foods make them quite the formidable foes. If even one hole is left open, a Norway rat can find its way through, and audible scare tactics and repellants can quickly lose their effectiveness. Even traps will do little to solve the problem if they’re not carefully selected, baited, and placed in the proper manner. That’s why Trutech has spent years developing the best control and removal tactics around. Our experts know how to permanently remove Norway rats from your property in a way that’s effective, so you don’t have to worry.

Trutech is committed to only using ethical control and removal methods that have minimal impact on the environment and the animals that we deal with. With us, Norway rat removal is safe and easy, so give us a call. We’re not happy until you’re satisfied.

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Although Norway rats are nocturnal, they may emerge and be spotted during the day if the infestation is large enough. They have coarse fur that is brown, reddish, or gray on their heads and backs, and whitish gray on their bellies. Norway rats are the largest rat species typically seen in U.S. homes, reaching lengths of about seven to ten inches. Though often confused with sleek, agile roof rats, these pests are more full-bodied with blunter snouts.

DIET

Almost any type of food appeals to Norway rats. Their natural diet includes plants, seeds, insects, and small animals. In homes, the pests raid pantries and garbage cans for grains, meat, fish, nuts, and fruit. Although they will eat carrion and rotting food, they prefer fresh items.

HABITAT

Marshes or fields near ponds and streams are the preferred natural habitats of Norway rats. However, the presence of more abundant shelter, food, and water often draws the pests into homes, yards, canals, barns, and sewers. Norway rats prefer to live in urban environments at low elevations and tend to stick to the ground floors, cellars, or basements of buildings.

TREATMENT SOLUTIONS

ENTRY INTO HOMES OR BUSINESSES

ENTRY INTO HOMES OR BUSINESSES

Norway rats have a strong sense of smell, which often leads them to homes and gardens looking for easy meals. To enter buildings, they can squeeze through holes 1/2 inch or larger in diameter. They may also burrow under or enlarge existing cracks in doors, window sills, walls, ceilings, and floors.

PROBLEMS & DAMAGE

PROBLEMS & DAMAGE

Some estimates put yearly losses caused by Norway rats in the U.S. at $500 million to $1 billion. The pests burrow under buildings, which make the foundations unstable. They also gnaw on electrical wires and water pipes, as well as rip up insulation in walls and attics. In addition, the pests consume and contaminate human and pet food. Eating contaminated food or coming into contact with Norway rats or their waste can transmit diseases such as typhus, leptospirosis, trichinosis, food poisoning, and rat bite fever to humans and pets.

PREVENTION & EXCLUSION

PREVENTION & EXCLUSION

To avoid letting Norway rats indoors, seal all holes large enough for the pests to enter. Use heavy materials that can resist their sharp teeth, like concrete mortar, galvanized sheet metal, and hardware cloth. Keep the home clean, and properly store pantry items, pet food, and garbage. Use metal containers with tight-fitting lids for the storage of food and trash. Regular removal of tall weeds and grasses around structures may also deter Norway rats by eliminating possible hiding places.

TRAPPING & REMOVAL

TRAPPING & REMOVAL

While simple prevention methods may work in the short term, rats travel in large numbers and are quick to overcome obstacles. The pests grow used to audible scare tactics quickly, although loud noises may drive them away temporarily. Rats also become resistant to repellants and toxins. Traps are the most effective method of dealing with Norway rats. However, knowing how to properly select, place, and bait a trap can mean the difference between successful removal and continued problems. For best results, call the pest control specialists at Trutech, who possess the training and equipment needed to take care of Norway rat infestations.


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