Rat Identification

Rats are one of the most common and abundant pests that people come into contact with their homes. They can damage and contaminate food sources and the structure in which they have taken up residence. They are a rodent that is larger than mice, although their young can be mistaken for mice. Their oversized heads, large chew marks, and long feet are a way to distinguish them from mice. The 2 most common species that people will see are Norway rats and roof rats.

Norway rats, also known as brown or sewer rats, are stalky rats that are a gray-brown color. Their tail is generally shorter than their boy and the eyes and ears are small in comparison to their size. They are larger than other species and they are a terrestrial rat that burrows. They prefer to make their burrows in gardens, under foundations, or under wood piles. They line their nests with shredded paper, cloth, or other fibrous materials.

Roof rats, also known as black rats, are climbers and are an arboreal species. They like to build their nest up off the ground in shrubs, trees, and dense vegetation. They will make their way to attics, eaves, and rafters by way of things like trees that are close to a home. They also prefer specific geographic areas that are warmer and nearer to coastlines.

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