The Norway rat (Rattus norvegicus) is the only rat currently found in Wisconsin. This grey to black rat can be up to 17” (total) in length and can weigh up to 20 ½ ounces. Rats can enter structures with gaps and openings of ½“ in diameter. They live in burrows and will eat just about anything. Norway rats are nocturnal but if you see them in the daytime it usually means there is a large population. Rats are a destructive pest that has been linked to a variety of diseases and damage. Female rats are capable of having seven litters in a year. Each litter has 2 to 14 young.
Can rats harm me?
Rats can bite and have been known to carry many diseases. They have been known to be a carrier reservoir linked to the spread of the bubonic plague and other diseases and bacteria such as murine typhus, leptospirosis, salmonellosis and rat bite fever.
Do rats cause damage?
Rats can gnaw and chew through just about any structure. Rats have been known to chew wires that have been linked to fires in homes and businesses. Rats can cause structural damage from contamination by their feces and urine. Depending on the size of the colony, rats can damage and consume large amounts of food and feed.
What can I do?
Sealing gaps in the foundation, fixing door seals or pipe entries will help prevent this pest from entering. Managing sanitation and reducing food sources and water will also help lessen the attractiveness to your home or business. However, due to the complexity of Norway rats, it is best left up to the professional especially if this critter is living in your home or structure. This is one pest you do not want to tackle on your own!
Why contact Terminator Pest Control?
The best way to control and eliminate Norway rats is to call Terminator Pest Control. We will inspect your home or building for points of entry, sanitation and moisture management. We can also provide rodent proofing, sanitation and removal of rodent feces. We will work together in developing an effective Norway rat management and control program.