Norway Rat Damage & Diseases in Norristown, PA; How to Prevent & Get Rid of Rodents
In early 2017, Philadelphia was ranked #1 for being the rattiest city in the country; a not so favorable list to be on. According to a Bloomberg Magazine analysis of U.S. Census data released examining the 25 most populous metropolitan areas, the households in Philly are the most vermin-infested living spaces in the nation. In the American Housing Survey, which is conducted every two years by the government, about 18% of the Philadelphia residents report seeing evidence of mice and rats in the home. Rodents are more common in older cities with colder climates, and Boston, New York and D.C. were next on the list. Rats are some of the most troublesome and damaging rodents in the country and in Philly, Norway Rats are the most common. Today, we at Pest Control Technicians, Inc would like to relate some fundamentals concerning Norway rats.
Norway Rat Identification
Norway rats are the most common rat found in the world and believed to originate in Asia. Norway rats have blunt muzzles and smaller eyes and ears compared to other common rats. Additionally, these rats have shorter tails than other species that are scaly. Their fur is coarse and are frequently brownish or grayish with scattered black hairs throughout the coloring as well as lighter gray or white undersides and feet. Adults average 12 ½ – 18 ½ inches in length and weigh 10 -11 ¾ ounces.
Norway Rat Damage
Norway rats are very agile and have unique capabilities that allow them to gnaw through many materials found in a structure including plastic and lead pipes. Their destruction can be costly as they forage for food, water and nesting materials inside homes. Though they will invade homes and businesses any time of year, it is more common for them to intrude in the fall when food is harder to find. As social pests, they band together during their daily habits and will burrow close to one another.
Diseases Spread By Norway Rats to Humans
Not only can they damage your home or business, Norway rats are known for carrying and transmitting diseases such as rat-bite fever, jaundice, trichinosis, plague, cowpox virus, and salmonellosis. Norway rats also tend to host fleas, which they can spread the infestation and flea diseases in homes and businesses as well.
How to Prevent Norway Rats
In an effort to fortify your home against Norway Rats, below we have compiled some preventative measures.
1) Repair any damaged screens on your doors and windows, replace decayed weather stripping, and install door sweeps on the doors’ exterior.
2) Install mesh coverings and screen vents on the chimney and vents.
3) Using caulk, steel wool or a combination of both, seal any cracks and holes on the outside of the home, including areas where utilities and pipes enter the home. Be sure to check for fissures in the windows, doors, siding, behind chimneys and underneath the wood fascia for openings and repair any found.
4) Take out the garbage regularly and store the outside trash bin away from the home and ensure all food packaged in plastics, cardboards, and paper are sealed in pest-proof containers.
5) Improve ventilation in attics, crawl spaces, and basements and keep them dry.
6) Inspect packages and second-hand furniture before bringing them inside your home.
7) Keep shrubbery trimmed and cut back from the house and store firewood 20 feet from the house and at least 18 inches off the ground.
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