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Norway Rats

These pesky rodents can damage homes and eat through wires, sometimes causing fires. They breed rapidly and can go from a small to a very large problem in a short span of time.
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Physical Characteristics

Gray, brown/reddish in colour with a white underbelly. It has coarse body hair, a blunt nose, small eyes and ears and a scaly tail that is shorter than its head and body.

Shape: Long furry body
Size: Stocky build and can weigh between 200-500 grams and approximately 6-8 inches long.
Legs: Four

Habitat

These rodents can gain access to a home through a hole the size of a quarter. Norway rats are nocturnal creatures and are fond of nesting in a dark, safe location where food and water are available, such as under debris and between walls and floors. The Norway rat reaches sexual maturity in 2 months and can breed any time of the year. Annually, four to seven litters are quite common for this particular rodent, each containing eight to twelve young.

Food Source

Norway Rats cannot survive long without water and mostly feed on meat and grain. But like most rodents, they will feed on any available food source if their preferable choice is unavailable.

Threats

These pesky rodents can create gnaw marks, chew through wiring, which in turn can start a fire. They also have the potential to be carriers of numerous diseases.

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