Norway Rat Facts
- Norway Rats are 10 to 12 inches in length.
- Norway Rats can be either a black, brown or gray color.
- Also known as house rats; Norway Rats can spread diseases through their droppings and urine.
- Norway Rats seek shelter in homes in cooler weather entering through attics or climbing into homes via tree limbs that are not cut back far enough from the home.
How to Get Rid of Norway Rats
Along with sanitation and rodent-proofing your home, trapping is the safest most effective method of removing indoor rats. Since the Norway rat is less of a climber, traps should be set in hidden areas, close to walls, behind objects, in dark corners, and in places where rat signs, such as droppings, have been seen. Position traps along a wall so that they extend from the wall at right angles, with the trigger end nearly touching the wall. It is important that all traps be placed where they will not be disturbed by children or pets, and that they be protected against accidental contact.