Throughout Texas, there are quite a few rodents. Frequently intruding into homes and businesses and wreak havoc are mice and rats. From the theft of food and materials for nesting, any rodent in your home or business is terrible. In addition to posing a physical medical threat, they urinate and defecate wherever they happen to be, contaminate your food and surfaces, as well as destroy structure and utility lines in their daily activities. We are commonly invaded by house mice, deer mice, and Norway Rats in Texas. However, the basics concerning the Norway rats you may find in your Kentucky home is what we at A Five Star Termite & Pest Control would like to share today.
How Do I Identify a Norway Rat?
Though it is believed these rats originated in Asia despite their name, and Norway rats are very common rodents located around the world. If you know what you are looking for, these rats are fairly discernable. In comparison to other rats, Norway rats feature a blunt muzzle, a short scaly tail, and smaller ears. Throughout their coarse fur that ranges in color to variations of brown and gray, they have scattered black hairs. Norway rats have a lighter in color of gray or white on their under-bellies. Norway rats average 12 ½ – 18 ½ inches in length range in size. These rats average 10 to 11 ¾ ounces in weight scurrying around on all fours like most rodents.
Rats Invade in the Fall
When the temperatures drop, and food and water become scarce, however, Norway rats will invade homes any time of year given the opportunity, fall tends to be the more popular time of year when these pests’ infiltrates homes and businesses. Burrowing in close proximity to one another and doing daily activities together Norway rats live socially. If you see one rat, you can be there is more. They seek the undisturbed areas such as under the clutter and debris found in basements once inside. Norway rats will take shelter in structures in these areas that offer safety, shelter, and other comforts as well as to flee harsh weather conditions and/or predators and outdoors Norway rats are likely found in farmland and fields. Typically, along riverbanks or developed areas around concrete slabs, wood piles, garbage, and other clutter, the loose soil is where they prefer to burrow.
How is the Norway Rat Harmful?
When homeowners discover destroyed electrical wires and plumbing pipes, making them often the culprits, Norway rats have incredibly powerful gnawing capabilities. They are so powerful they can chew through plastic and lead pipes. Norway rats can easily tear through food wrapped in flimsy plastic, paper, and cardboard, in addition to the utility lines they can gnaw through. Norway rats will steal what they can and contaminate the rest with their bodily waste or other bacteria that has attached to their body once they break into your food supply. It is very probable they carry fleas which can spread and deliver the diseases they carry as well since they vector of diseases such as rat-bite fever, the plague, cowpox virus, salmonellosis, jaundice, and trichinosis.
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You can keep your food and home well protected in conjunction with adequate sealing of your home and preventative pest control services with simple housekeeping, controlling clutter, trimming back vegetation, and storing your food in air-tight container. Call A Five Star Termite & Pest Control and our technicians will do the rest whether you need assistance getting rid of Norway rats or simply want help to better protect your home.