Rodent Prevention Keeps Norway Rat Invasion Away
Want a quick fact that might strike fear into your heart? A 2014 study by the National Pest Management Association found that one-third of all homeowners deal with a rodent infestation every single winter. For many, that takes the form of the Norway rat, and nothing will make you scream faster than seeing one of these creatures run across your kitchen floor. What can you do to prevent it? What actions should you take if they’re already in your house? How would you even begin to know? Before you let the panic set in, a little information might help.
What Are Norway Rats?
Norway rats are often referred to as sewer rats, and they’ve likely been here as long as American colonists have. Experts think they came over from Asia in the 1700s during the earliest days of trade. What do Norway rats look like? They’re usually brown with scattered black throughout their fur, and you’ll find them from seven to nine and a half inches in length. They have a really blunt muzzle, which often distinguishes them from mice, and you can find them all over the United States.
Am I Infested?
You’ll know pretty quickly if you have a Norway rat infestation. You may see gnaw marks on various surfaces throughout the house. New bite marks and holes may appear regularly, and you can typically distinguish those that are new from the rough opening. You may also find droppings, which are usually black and shaped like a capsule throughout the home. You might find footprints in various places as well as greasy rub marks any place they’ve been. Strange noises are not uncommon either, especially at night, as the rodents may be scurrying about in the attic or in the walls of your home.
What Do I Do Now?
If you do have an infestation, there are several rat control methods we can use to help with rat removal. It’s best, though, to call in a professional team to handle rat extermination. Rats live deep inside your house, and it can be tough to get them all out on your own, so give us a call instead. Rat traps and poison just don’t always do the job, and the DIY natural methods you read on the internet may not do anything at all, so calling us is your best first bet.
If you haven’t already dealt with a rodent infestation, some Norway rat prevention is in order. There are several things you can do to stop these pesky rodents before they ever enter your house. Start by ensuring your woodpile is well away from the house and carefully stacked at least an inch off of the ground. You may also want to remove any debris around your house. This can include leaf litter or even sticks that have fallen from trees. Speaking of trees, keep them trimmed and away from the house, too, as they could be used as a bridge to access your attic space.
If you happen to notice any gaps in the siding or holes in the foundation, you’ll want to seal those immediately. Stuff them with steel wool, then use something like caulk or expanding foam to seal them up. Rats can chew through many materials, and the steel wool will stop them in their tracks. Beyond that, repairing sources of moisture like leaking pipes can help too. Rats require an extensive amount of moisture to survive, and repairing leaking pipes can help make your home less attractive. If possible, you may also want to shift garbage cans outside your house well away from the house. Make sure the lid fits tightly, too, as then the rats can’t access your trash.
There are a few things you can do inside your home, too. Keep all of your food in sealed containers. Sweep and mop on a regular basis, and clear the clutter from your home. It will give rodents fewer places to hide if they do get inside.
Norway rat invasions can be downright dangerous to your property. These rodents will not only chew through walls and wiring, but they can also be hazardous to your health. If you suspect you have a problem, please contact us today to learn more about our pest control plans and how we can help.