Norway Rat Roof Rat
Types of Rats
Attracted to food, water, and shelter, rats are able to thrive in both urban and suburban areas.
Roof Rats vs. Norway Rats
Although Norway rats are more robust, they have smaller eyes and ears than the roof rat.
Also referred to as the black rat, roof rats are typically black in color with a lighter underbelly. Additionally, these pests have long, scaly tails that can reach up to ten inches in length.
On the other hand, a Norway rat’s fur is typically brownish-gray and their tail is much shorter, measuring only four to eight inches.
Norway Rat and Roof Rat Damage
In addition to appearance, the two rats also have differences in behavior, which can translate into different kinds of destruction around the home.
In fact, plague, murine typhus, jaundice, leptospirosis and Weil’s disease are just some to name a few. When infected, people and animals can become extremely ill and some cases may even lead to death.
Detecting and Removing Rats
Infestations are most likely present when homeowners observe the following:
- Feces: Droppings in cabinets, food containers, and throughout homes.
- Noises: Scratching noises coming from the attic or in walls.
- Food: Damage to stored food items, including packages and containers.
- Gnawing: Gnaw marks on or around doors, walls, and beams.
- Chewing: Chewed up wires or pipes.
- Burrows: Burrows near or around the perimeter of property.
Of course, there are other signs of rat infestations, but these are the most common and easiest to identify.
Contact an Expert
Though residents may try to take removal upon themselves, it is best to contact the pest control experts at Western Pest, as they have the necessary training and equipment to rid homes of rats.