The Norway rat is a type of rodent in Texas that has a heavy body with coarse and shaggy fur that is dense with short hairs, a blunt muzzle and small eyes and ears. Norway rats are brown with scattered black hairs and have a gray to yellow-white underside. The head and body length of an adult Norway rat is about 7 to 9 inches long and the tail length is 6 to 8 inches in length. They range from 7 ounces to 20 ounces in weight.
Also known as the brown rat, house rat, wharf rat, or sewer rat, this rodent is has a tendency to burrow in the soil along railroad embankments, river banks, garbage piles and under concrete. They are explorers and may enter homes and commercial facilities in search of food or shelter. Openings larger than 1/2 an inch act as entry points for Norway rats.
Norway rats gnaw objects, eat stored food and transmit disease by droppings and urine, bites and the fleas and mites in their fur.
Norway rats are generally not a pest most people have success in controlling on their own and the products that are purchased online or at the store may contain pesticides which can be more harmful to people and pets than they are to the rats if they are misused. Contact Holder’s Pest Solutions at the first sign of a rat problem in your home or business. Our products and techniques are highly effective in controlling rats in Houston.