Norway Rats

Quick Facts

Risk Factors

  • Family
  • Home
  • Pet


  • season Fall
  • season Winter



7 - 9.5

Inch Long


Round, Long

What do Norway Rats look like?

The Norway rat has a blunt nose, small ears, and small eyes. Adults have a body length of 7- 9 ½ inches and a tail length of 6-8 inches, making their tail shorter than their body. The Norway rat’s tail is dark colored on top and lighter-colored underneath. They have coarse hair that is brown and scattered with black hair. Their underside is a lighter whitish color.

What are the signs of Norway Rats?

Norway rats are known for being poor climbers and are typically found infesting ground levels of homes and other buildings. Norway rats like to live and nest near humans in order to be in close proximity to food sources; meat, fish, dry cereal, and dry pet food are some of their favorites. Inside homes, they can be found in basements, first floors, under piles of debris, and in crawl spaces. Outside, they live in farmland, fields, near rivers, and in garbage and woodpiles.

Norway rats are nocturnal. They also have very poor eyesight. So they use their whiskers in order to feel their way around their environment. These rats will also create runways; they will follow the same path or “runway” from their nest to a food source. There are usually greasy marks from their fur along the walls of their runway, fresh tracks, and of course fresh droppings.

What Damage do Norway Rats cause?

Norway rats are very dangerous to have within a home or business. They have very powerful jaws and teeth that can chew through and damage almost anything including pipes, flooring, and drywall; they will also cause damages to inventory in warehouses and other commercial buildings and damage personal belongings in homes.

Norway rats will also contaminate food, food prep areas, and food storage areas with their urine and feces. Once a rat finds a suitable food, they will keep returning until either the food runs out or they are stopped.

How do you prevent Norway Rats?

Along with getting professional help to control and eliminate Norway rats, there are a few things that you can do to protect your property from a Norway rat infestation:

Keep firewood and debris at least 20 feet away from your home and property. Keep your trash cans covered with tight-fitting lids and do not let them overflow. Seal human and pet food in tightly sealed glass or plastic containers.
Cover or close all openings in your house such as garages, pet flaps, and chimneys.

How do I get rid of Norway Rats?

You can use store-bought traps to capture get rid of Norway rats. However, they can bite and spread disease if you get close to them or accidentally touch their urine or droppings. They may also cause allergic reactions. Avoid getting hurt by these rats by calling a Suburban Exterminating.

Can Norway Rats hurt me?

Norway rats carry and transmit various diseases like rat-bite fever, salmonellosis, and various others. Their bites and scratches will need immediate medical attention. Their odor causes allergic reactions and breathing troubles in some people.

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What to Expect when Suburban Exterminating Arrives

Suburban Exterminating will eliminate rats from your home or business through our Rodent Shield Protection. At Suburban, our technicians are professionally trained and certified. We inspect your property, find, and will remove Norway rats from your home or business.

For more information about our rat control services for your home or business, call Suburban Exterminating.