There are many species of rats around the world, but only one king. Considered by experts to be the most common rodent home invader worldwide, the Norway rat earns this title and presents itself as a serious and pressing threat to homeowners here in Roseville. With several ways to get you and your family sick, and even more to get into your home, the Norway rat is ready this season to bring trouble to your home. The only question is, are you ready to join the movement to keep these annoying, destructive, and dangerous pests out of your home?
How To Identify Norway Rats
Norway rats are brown rodents with black hairs scattered throughout their coats. A typical adult male can grow to be 9-1/2” long and is equipped with a blunt muzzle, sharp front incisors, a heavy body, and a long, hairless tail.
Norway rats can be difficult to identify, as they are nocturnal by nature, and are likely to avoid human interaction as much as possible. The only time you might see one is late at night, after everyone has gone to sleep; if you see one during the day, however, you should be concerned, because it likely means your walls are getting overcrowded with rodents – forcing them out during the day.
To identify a rodent infestation without seeing rodents, check your home for these following signs:
Holes chewed through walls, ceilings, food boxes, and other items around your home.
The sound of scampering in your wall and ceiling voids late at night.
Gnaw marks on the legs of furniture.
Pellets of fecal matter at the back of drawers and within food pantries.
Ripped up fabric and or paper-based products (Materials often used by rodents to build a nest.)
Problems Norway Rats Cause
There is a good reason rats are so closely associated with sewers and garbage: it is because they are filthy creatures with less-than-ideal living and dietary habits. What does this mean for you and your home? When rodents invade, they bring their filth with them. This means bacteria, pathogens, and as a result the chance of diseases such as jaundice, rat-bite fever, and salmonellosis.
Rodents are also known for destroying important items and structural features within homes using their sharp teeth. It is not uncommon for them to chew through a group of electrical wiring or utility pipes while inside the walls of a home, potentially leading to flooding or electrical fires.
If all of this wasn’t enough, Norway rats can also bring fleas, ticks, and mites into homes. These smaller, parasitic pests bring their own list of dangerous diseases and can be a blight to you, your family, and your indoor pets when they invade.
8 Steps You Can Take To Deter Norway Rats
1. Maintain your yard and landscaping, and keep tree limbs trimmed away from your home’s exterior walls.
2. Fill in holes and gaps around your home’s foundation using a caulking gun and fine wire mesh.
3. Store firewood at least 30 feet from your home’s exterior, and eliminate clutter and debris from your yard.
4. Address moisture issues in and around your home by repairing broken gutters, fixing leaky pipes, and installing dehumidifiers around particularly humid areas.
5. Make sure all of your trash cans have tight-fitting lids.
6. Clean your home regularly, and try to limit the number of places in your home where you share meals.
7. Before going to bed at night, pick up and clean out pet food and water bowls.
8. Store leftover foods inside airtight containers, and repackage dry foods into larger plastic containers.
How White Line Pest Management Can Help With Rodents
Unless you live in a cement box with no windows or doors, there will always be a chance for Norway rats to get into your home. If your preventative measures fail, and rodents find a way into your Roseville home, the professionals here at White Line Pest Management are prepared and ready to come to your aid. We have the tools and equipment needed to get rodents of all shapes and sizes out of your home.
Reach out to us today to learn more about our pest control services, or to schedule emergency rodent control for your Roseville home.