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Norway Rat

Sewer Rat
  • Characteristics
  • Habitat
  • Tips for Control
  • Pest Impact
The Norway rat is also called a sewer rat. Norway rats tend to be larger and more aggressive to animals, humans and each other than Roof rats.
Size : 10 inches to 12 inches long
Shape : Rat
Color : Black   
Legs : 4
Wings : No
Antenna : No
Common Name : Norway Rat
Kingdom : Animalia
Phylum : Chordata   
Class : Mammalia
Order : Rodentia
Family : Muridae
Species : Rattus norvegicus
Norway rats eat a wide variety of foods but mostly prefer cereal grains, meats, fish, nuts, and some fruits.

When Norway rats invade buildings, they usually remain in the basement or ground floor. They also live in fields, farms, woodpiles and buildings. Their nests are usually lined with shredded paper or cloth.
Rats will eat almost anything, so keep your homes clean and donít leave food out.
Make sure that your home and storage areas are clean and dry.
Make sure that you clean your sheds, crawlspaces, and garbage cans often.
Close up any small holes and cracks they can come in through.

These rats are known for the damage they cause by chewing on materials, urinating on food and eating stored foods. They have also been known to chew on wires, which can cause fires to start. They also carry disease and ectoparasites. Rats will also attack both animals and humans. Human babies and even adults have been killed in rat attacks.
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