There are two common rats in the United States, which are the Norway Rat and the Roof Rat. Norway Rats can also be known as a house rat, brown rat, wharf rat, sewer rat, water rat, and gray rat. They can adapt well to survive the cold weather. They are the biggest rat of them all. The body length is 6-8' long and the nose are blunt and have small ears and eyes and their tails are scaly and shorter than the body and head combined together.
Norway rats have shaggy and different shades of color, most of the time the color would be reddish-grayish brown with white under parts, in its fur. Their droppings are 1/2' - 1' long and are in a capsule shaped. Norway rats live in colonies so they are social rats. They prefer to live on ground and burrows and they can climb, but not really well. They will eat 1 oz of food on a daily bases; they will eat garbage, cereal, fish, fruits, meats, animal feed, cockroaches, small mammals, and birds. They do not like new objects, so they will avoid them. They dig tunnels and they can be very long, but they have 1 main entrance and 1 or 2 escape holes which are usually concealed. Their nests are usually found underneath rubbish and shrubbery and can also be found along the foundation of your home. If the nests are active then it is usually clear of vegetation and their runways are smooth and packed in. Inside the rats' runways are free of dust and dirt.
They are active at night but most active at dusk or before day, but they can still be seen during the day. The difference between mice and rats are that mice don't need water for a certain period of time, but rats do need water.
Both of the rats will leave behind hind footprints and will drag their tails. That will leave a mark between their feet tracks. ¤Ô¤¸¤Á¤µou can spray unscented baby powder or flour and lightly sprinkle to help you determine where their runways are. The rats will gnaw on wood, but they can also gnaw on electrical wires. When the rats gnaw on wood, it can get about 2' or more in diameter. The most common way to inspect for rat infestation is by their droppings. You can tell how severe the infestation and where more rats are recently by their feces. After 3-4 hours, their feces will harden, but fresh feces will be soft.
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