Appearance:The Norway Rat is very large, measuring approximately 6-9 inches in length, without including the length of their long tails.The rats are usually brown, white a lighter-color on the abdomen.They have dark, black eyes.
Location and Behavior Patterns:This type of rat can be found throughout the United States, and when seen in Florida, will usually be around a water source, such as; a lake, a stream, a canal, or a swimming pool.They are nocturnal and will not usually be seen during the day.The Norway Rat is well-known, as it is the rat that spread the Bubonic Plague around during the Middle Ages.
The rat is sometimes referred to as a “sewer rat”.It burrows underground, or underneath structures, in order to find shelter and build their nests.They are attracted to food, water, and shelter.
Treatment:Norway Rats, like all rats, carry lots of bacteria and germs; therefore, it is very important to clean thoroughly, if you suspect a rat has been inside your building structure.They can be very destructive to building materials, because they will chew on insulation, wood, electrical cables, and many other things.If you suspect a rat problem on your property, then calling a professional to provide baits and/or traps is very important.
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