Norway Rat

Norway Rat Identification and Control

Correct identification is an important first step in pest control.

Norway rat next to nuts and bolts
Rattus norvegicus
How to Identify a Norway Rat

The average Norway rat is about 16 inches in length from head to tail. They are typically grayish brown in color, but can range from gray to reddish brown. 

Where Do They Come From

Norway rats like to nest in burrows in the ground. They like low-growing vegetation, rock piles, etc. They are also commonly found under concrete slabs. 

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What Are Their Nesting Habits

Norway rats prefer to nest in burrows in the ground. They like low-growing vegetation, rock piles, etc. They are also very common under concrete slabs.

Learn more by reading our blog post: Public Health Watchlist. 

Name :

Rattus norvegicus

Size:

16 inches long from head to tail

Dropping:

1/2-3/4 inch in length

Tips & Tricks

Norway rat on a pavement curb

How To Prevent Rats From Entering Your Home

Install tight-fitting door sweeps, seal exterior cracks/crevices, areas around pipes/electrical conduits that enter buildings through walls.

Reduce any clutter you may have indoors and outdoors which will help minimize nesting habitat around the property.

Move dumpster to at least 50 feet away from the building.

Keep all exterior doors closed and store food in pest-proof containers.

Clean food preparation areas throughly.

Norway rat eating grains in a corner

How To Get Rid Of And Monitor For Rats

Monitor mice with non-toxic bait blocks in tamper-resistant bait boxes.

You can use snap traps placed with triggers toward the baseboards, especially in dark corners.

Use multiple baits like peanut butter, hot dogs, floss, etc.

Learn more by reading our blog post: Electronic Rodent Monitoring.

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How To Control

Pests can be difficult to control, but that’s what we are here for. We create a strategic plan to gain control of your problem and make sure we get results.

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Thorn's Approach

We take a scientific approach to pest control. We start with an inspection and assessment to help us identify the pest, locate where they are, and create a specific plan for your property. Every home and business is different and requires a unique strategy.

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Our Approach to Pest Control

Proper pest management starts with a detailed inspection and assessment from an expert pest professional before treatment. Thorn Pest Solutions uses a three-step process rooted in science to eliminate pests with long-term results.

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Assess Situation

First, we identify the root problem(s) with a site assessment. Pests are almost always an indicator of an environmental condition. This will determine the best actions to provide short and your long-term results against pests.

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Execute Action Plan

Next, we develop a plan to fix the problems we discovered. This includes solving current pest issues, eliminating conducive conditions, and monitoring for future pest activity. Good pest management starts with a good plan.

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Track Success

Lastly, we implement the solutions we developed including inspection, monitoring, and preventing future pest infestations. Good pest control requires a good offense and not just defense. Prevention is key.

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