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ROOF RAT AND NORWAY RAT


DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ROOF RAT AND NORWAY RAT

Rats are some of the most troublesome and damaging rodent . They eat and contaminate food, damage structures and property, and transmit parasites and diseases to other animals and humans. Rats live and thrive in a wide variety of climates and conditions and are often found in and around homes and other buildings, on farms, and in gardens and open fields.Because rats are active throughout the year, periodically check for signs of their presence.

IDENTIFICATION

the most troublesome rats are two introduced species, the roof rat and the Norway rat. It’s important to know which species of rat is present in order to choose effective control strategies.




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Norway ratsRattus norvegicus, sometimes called brown or sewer rats, are stocky burrowing rodents that are larger than roof rats. Their burrows are found along building foundations, beneath rubbish or woodpiles, and in moist areas in and around gardens and fields. Nests can be lined with shredded paper, cloth, or other fibrous material. When Norway rats invade buildings, they usually remain in the basement or ground floor.


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Roof ratsR. rattus, sometimes called black rats, are slightly smaller than Norway rats. Unlike Norway rats, their tails are longer than their heads and bodies combined. Roof rats are agile climbers and usually live and nest above ground in shrubs, trees, and dense vegetation such as ivy. In buildings, they are most often found in enclosed or elevated spaces such as attics, walls, false ceilings, and cabinets. In areas where the roof rat occurs, the Norway rat might also be present. If you are unsure of the species, look for rats at night with a bright flashlight, or trap a few. The illustrations above show some of the key physical differences between the two species of rats, while Table 1 summarizes identifying characteristics.


While rats are much larger than the common house mouse or meadow vole, a young rat is occasionally confused with a mouse. In general, very young rats have large heads and feet in proportion to their bodies, whereas those of adult mice are proportionately much smaller. While both rats and mice gnaw on wood, rats leave much larger tooth marks than mice do



Table 1. Identifying Characteristics of Adult Rats.
Characteristic
Roof rat
Norway rat
general appearance
sleek, agile
large, robust
color of belly
gray to white
mostly gray
body weight
5 to 10 ounces
7 to 18 ounces
tail
extends at least to snout, uniformly dark with fine scales
shorter than body, dark above and pale below, scaly
head
pointed muzzle
blunt muzzle
ears
llong enough to reach eyes if folded over
don’t reach eyes

 

ideal pest control offers first class rodent control using the following process.

1) Thoroughly inspect the premises to determine what the food sources may be. Determine the entry points and travel routes

2) Consult with customer regarding corrective measures to discourage rodents and methods of immediate control.

3) Apply appropriate control using bait or traps, depending on the conditions.

4) Schedule future service calls if required.

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