New York is home to many rodents, especially rats. Norway rats are the most likely to intrude in homes and near so close to people. Though any rodent can be a detriment to your home, Norway rats are particularly devastating as they forage for food, water, and nesting remnants. While they look for food and water, they damage the structure and utility lines, and they are known to contaminate the food they scavenge. Not only they can they cost a pretty penny in damages, but Norway rats have the potential to spread harmful diseases and carry fleas, which then spread to your pets, and even you. Today, we at Always Ready Pest Control, would like to take the opportunity to elaborate a little on Norway Rats in New York.

How was the Invasive Species of Norway Rat Introduced?

Despite their name, Norway rats are believed to actually have originated from Asia and are found around the globe. Norway rats are often the culprits with destroyed electrical wires and plumbing pipes, as they have incredibly powerful gnawing capabilities. They are so powerful they can chew through plastic and lead pipes.

What Do Norway Rats Look Like?

With a shorter scaly tail and smaller ears, when compared to other rats, Norway rats bear a blunt muzzle and can be more identifiable. Their fur is coarse and the scattered black hairs throughout the coloring are found in the usually brownish or grayish color, with the underside being lighter in color of gray or white. Where their tails make up about 5 ¾ – 8 ½ inches of their total length, Norway rats average 12 ½ – 18 ½ inches in length range in size. Like most rats, Norway rats will dart around on 4 legs and weigh around 10 to 11 ¾ ounces.

Habitat; Where Do Norway Rats Live?

Though Norway rats will infest homes any time of year, they are most likely to do it during the fall when food and water becomes scarce and the temperatures drop. Being social pests, Norway rats will burrow close and have active routines together. If you see one rat, you know there is more. They often look for structures in their natural habitat’s that include farmland and fields and look for shelter, safety, and comforts as they escape predators and / or harsh weather. Loose soil found along riverbanks or developed areas around wood piles, garbage, and other clutter, as well as concrete slabs is where they tend to prefer to burrow. They will settle in undisturbed locations such as un the clutter and debris in basements once they have infiltrated a home or business.

Norway Rat Damage & Diseases

As mentioned, in search for food and water Norway rats will gnaw and claw their way through structural components and utility lines like the plumbing and electrical systems. Their bodily waster will contaminate your food that is exposed or vulnerable to their effort such as food packaged in paper, cardboard, or thin plastics. Cowpox virus, salmonellosis, jaundice, trichinosis, rat-bite fever, and the plague are just a few of the examples of the known vectors of diseases and a contaminated rat riddled with fleas can introduce them to your home, making you and your pets susceptible to the diseases fleas carry as well.

Rodent Control & More in Queens, Brooklyn, Manhattan NYC & Greater New York

Properly sealing your home, keeping up on housekeeping and storing your food in pest proof air tight containers can help you avoid rats as well as well avoiding clutter inside and outside your home, keeping the trashcans secure, and taking advantage of professional maintenance can help you combat the invasions. Call Always Ready Pest Control today to take care of the rats in your New York home.