Norway Rat

 Identification and Control

Proper identification is an important first step in controlling ants.

Rattus norvegicus

How to Identify an 

Norway Rat

Norway rats are large (up to 10 inches long), brown, and have a blunt nose. They are most easily identified by their large size and their blunt nose.

Where do they come from?

Norway rats are common in the United States and Canada. They are most often found near food or other sources of shelter. Norway rats can also be brought into your home on food or garbage.

How to keep them out

The best way to get rid of Norway rats is to eliminate their food sources by thoroughly cleaning your kitchen and bathroom. You can also use commercial fly traps or bait. If you have a severe infestation, you may need to call a professional exterminator.

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What do they look like?

Norway rats are typically grayish brown in color
The average Norway rat is about 16 inches in length from head to tail
Norway rats can transmit disease and are a health concern
Norway rat's nose is more blunt than a mouse's nose

Where do they live?

Norway rats prefer to nest in burrows in the ground. They like low-growing vegetation, rock piles, etc. They are also very common under concrete slabs.


Rattus norvegicus


16 inches long from head to tail


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