Outdoors, Norway rats live in fields, farmlands and in structures. These rats frequently burrow in soil near riverbanks, in garbage and woodpiles, and under concrete slabs. Indoors, Norway rats often nest in basements, piles of debris, or undisturbed materials. Rodents can gain entry to a home through a hole the size of a quarter.
Norway rats can cause damage to structures through their gnawing and eating. These rats are also vectors of diseases including plague, jaundice, rat-bite fever, cowpox virus, trichinosis and salmonellosis. In addition, Norway rats can contaminate food and introduce fleas into a home.
Many cat owners believe their furry feline friend will save them from a rat infestation. Sure, cats may occasionally gift rat carcasses to their owners, but they’re not effective at controlling overall rat populations since rats breed rapidly and can escape to small spaces out of paw’s reach.
Healthy adult rats are not easy opponents for a normal housecat to conquer, and leaving food and water out for your furry friend will further attract rodents into your home.
Short Term Solution
- Norway rats are often drawn to piles of wood, so homeowners should keep firewood stored well away from the structure and remove debris piles to reduce nesting spots.
- Eliminate sources of moisture, especially in crawl spaces and basements.
- Seal any holes on the outside of the home with silicone caulk.
- Put any unused pet food in tightly sealed plastic containers to cut down on the scent. This includes bird and small animal feed as well as food for larger animals like a dog.
- It’s also important to occasionally inspect the home for signs of a rat infestation, including rodent droppings, gnaw marks, damaged goods, and greasy rub marks caused by their oily fur.
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