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Now To Keep Norway Rats Off Of Your Akron Property

November 15, 2021 - Rats

Contrary to what their name suggests, Norway rats are native to Northern China but have gradually spread throughout other parts of the world. In the past, Norway rats lived sequestered in forests, but have since migrated to a variety of environments. Now, they prefer to inhabit areas where humans are present, often making their way into homes and businesses in search of food, water, and shelter. A Norway rat infestation can remain out of sight; however, these rats leave signs of their presence if you know what to look for. Norway rats can measure up to 16 inches in length,  weighing anywhere from 1/2 a pound up to a pound. Typically, Norway rats are gray or brown with dense fur.

Signs Of A Norway Rat Infestation 

To prevent an infestation, you need to first be aware of the signs of an infestation. It's rare that you’ll notice a Norway rat scurrying across your kitchen, but an infestation will have other, less overt signs. You may notice the following:

  • Capsule-shaped rat droppings around less-used areas of your home
  • Noises coming from the attic, generally at night
  • Rat nests, made of miscellaneous materials like insulation, cotton, twigs, or paper, found in drawers or the garage
  • Seeing rodents running across electrical lines
  • Burrows in your garden where rodents might have damaged your garden plants
  • Brown or black  smudge marks against walls
  • Witnessing rats feeding on your garbage

How Norway Rats Can Damage Your Akron Property 

In the process of infesting, Norway rats can damage your Akron property. Typically, this damage is mild, though it can culminate in a significant problem depending on the size of the infestation. Gnawed wires, rat droppings, and infested food cause immense distress, prompting homeowners to take steps to prevent an infestation. 

Norway rats can cause damage in two ways: food contamination and structural damage. Not only can Norway rats infest the food inside your home, but these rodents can damage crops, ruining a garden or spoiling a plentiful harvest. They especially contaminate foodstuffs and animal feed stored outside the home. In addition, Norway rats can inflict structural damage on your home. A large infestation can ruin the foundation of a home or building, and Norway rats in attics or in between walls can cause further damage.

What Attracts Norway Rats To Your Home?

Norway rats are attracted to your Akron property as a source of food and water. In the process of inhabiting your home, they damage it. Unsurprisingly, these rats gravitate toward messes, as squalor and chaos allow them to easily hide themselves. They tend to crawl inside garbage cans and other trash receptacles. From there, they can dine on your food waste. Next, they invade your home. In addition to inflicting structural damage, these rats exploit it. Older buildings or homes with more points of entry are susceptible to Norway rat infestations. Furthermore, Norway rats adore lawns with high grass. Like messy homes, high grass allows them to conceal themselves. Norway rats often enter through small crevices, cracks, or crawl spaces. They can enter your home in an old box or within old furniture. Norway rats will exploit any advantage to enter your property. Thus, you should know what renders you susceptible to a Norway rat infestation. 

Call Promise Pest Control For Your Akron Property

Norway rats spread diseases, inflict damage on your home, and generally cause anxiety, making it clear that you should deal proactively with an infestation. Norway rats breed large litters, and infestations can grow rapidly. To eliminate an infestation, you’ll likely need professional assistance. Without the pros, you’ll find that your efforts to abate the problem fall short. Call us at Promise Pest Control; we can control the problem and prevent future infestations.