Water Rats on Long Island?

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Rats can swim up to a ½ mile or more. You might spot them in any of our waterways. They are good swimmers, acrobats, climbers and have really strong jaws.Norway Rats are the type of rat which is found on Long Island. Besides being known as a water rat, they are also called cellar rat, brown rat and sewer rat.

Common Rodents on Long Island

Common rodents found on Long Island are the Deer Mice/ White Footed Mice, House Mouse and Norway Rat.

Have you ever seen a muskrat?   They are also sometimes called water rats. You’ll find muskrats in our wetlands where they love cattails and other marsh grasses.  These small rodents are sometimes confused with rats but they’re the least bit interested in coming inside your home =)

All rodents can be a threat to your health and safety. Here’s just a short list of the Norway Rat’s “abilities”:

  • Rats start fires by gnawing on electric cables. Don’t know how the fire started? Could have been a rat or mouse!
  • Rats eat large amounts of food. And they contaminate everything with their urine, feces, and hair.
  • Rodents love to gnaw and burrow – damage structures, books, furniture, even appliances!
  • They spread disease to humans and other animals through their bite.
  • They bring fleas, lice, mites and ticks into your home.
  • Rats will bite babies in their cribs because the smell of milk or other food on the baby is attractive to a rat looking for food.

Please give us a call if you suspect that rodents have found their way into your home. We can help! Call Suburban Exterminating at (516) 864-6900 or (631) 864-6900. Ask for a free inspection.

Fun Fact? If you live in Nassau County, don’t worry about finding a rat in your toilet because Nassau has a closed sewer system that does not have any open places for them to enter.

Fun fact? Most dead animals in pools do not pose a health risk to swimmers. Most germs carried by animals are killed by chlorine within minutes in a well-maintained pool. However, you may want to follow the directions found on the Center for Disease Control’s website here.