Norway Rat

The Norway rat is the largest commensal rodent in the US.

 

Identification

  • Norway rats are usually gray in color

  • Small ears

  • Tail is short relative to the head and body

  • Droppings are 3/4 inch and blunt on the ends

Environment

  • Norway rats can exist in large numbers in and around residences, basements, stores, warehouses, docks, sewers, or dumpsters

  • Burrow to make nests under buildings, beneath concrete slabs, around ponds, in and around garbage and other locations suitable for food, water, and shelter

  • Nests may be lined with shredded paper, cloth or other fibrous materials
    Usually become active at about dusk to begin seeking water and food

  • Eats nearly any type of food but prefers a nutritionally balanced diet, consisting of cereal grain, meats, fish, nuts, and some fruits

Threats

  • Norway rats like to burrow and can form extensive galleries

  • Have litters of 6 to 12 young that can eat solid food within 2 to 3 weeks

  • Young become completely independent at about 4 weeks and reach reproductive maturity as early as 3 months

Treatment

  • Traps placed indoors near entrance points and known runways

  • Burrows outdoors may be baited

  • Exterior bait stations may be placed on the perimeter of the structure

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