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Norway Rats

Rattus norvegicus


These rats have smaller eyes and ears and shorter tails.


Rats are excellent climbers and often enter a home in the fall when outside food sources become scarce.


Rats can chew through wiring, causing fires. They also spread numerous diseases.

Color : Gray, brown or black
Legs : 4
Shape : Long
Size : 10 to 12 inches (8″ body plus 4″ tail)
Antennae : False


Norway rats live in fields, farm lands and in structures. Rats are often found in woodpiles. Rodents can gain entry to a home through a hole the size of a quarter.


Keep firewood stored well away from the structure. Remove debris piles. Seal any holes larger than 1/4 inch. Remove moisture and harborage sources.