Norway Rat Control

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Norway rats are one of two primary rats present in the Pacific Northwest. They are most common in urban areas like Seattle, WA and the surrounding areas, as there is food readily available to these rats. The Norway rat is the larger of the two rats that call Seattle their home. Norway rats build their nests in burrows under buildings, low shrubs or ground cover, wood piles, yard accumulations of junk, and garbage dumpsters. This makes Norway rats very popular in Seattle, WA especially downtown, as there are garbage dumpsters in nearly every alley.

Description

The Norway rat is 13-18 1/2 inches total length, with its tail being shorter than its head and body combined. An adult Norway rat weighs about 3/4 to 1-1/4 pounds. It is mostly brown, with a lighter colored stomach. The tail is semi-naked and darker above than below, giving it a two-toned effect.

The six major problems caused by rats and mice:

  • They eat food and contaminate it with urine and excrement.
  • They gnaw into materials such as paper, books, wood or upholstery which they use as nest material. They also gnaw plastic, cinder blocks, soft metals such as lead and aluminum, and wiring, which may cause a fire hazard.
  • Rats occasionally bite people and may kill small animals.
  • They, or the parasites they carry, (such as fleas, mites and worms) spread many diseases.
  • Rats can damage ornamental plants by burrowing among the roots, or feeding on new growth or twigs. They also eat some garden vegetables, such as corn and squash.
  • Rats and mice are socially unacceptable. These rodents have been a problem for centuries, chiefly because they have an incredible ability to survive and are so difficult to eliminate. In addition, they are extremely compatible with human behavior and needs.

Rodent Control Tips

  • Store garbage in rodent-proof containers. Make sure your garbage cans have tight fitting lids so dogs or wildlife can’t tip them over.
  • Clean up spilled or unused pet food. Store pet food in rodent-proof containers. Failure to do this may lead to serious insect infestations due to the food that rodents often carry into the walls. Also, clean up pet excrement, as rats will eat it if they have to.
  • Do not scatter food for wildlife such as birds or squirrels. Use rodent-proof bird feeders. If rats are a serious problem, eliminate all bird feeders.
  • Compost piles should be properly managed to ensure rapid decomposition of potential rat foods.
  • Clean up fallen fruits or nuts from trees. Prune seed pods from lilac and other shrubs.
  • Store garden/lawn seed, bone meal, etc. in rodent-proof containers.

The Redi Solution

If you feel you have a Norway rat problem in your home or business, please do not hesitate to call us. Redi National will eliminate all rats from your property and we guarantee it. With our unique rodent elimination service, you can rest assured that no rat will ever bother you again. Our goal is to exterminate the rats in your home and keep the rats on the outside from moving in.

Our Seasonal Pest Treatment Schedule

Spring

Every spring a variety of pest types start breeding. Our exterminators will make sure you don’t have an infestation in the works. 

Top Pest Threats:

Ants, spiders and cockroaches

Summer

The heat means pest activity is high. Our exterminators will protect your home to make sure the pest stay out. 

Top Pest Threats:

Ants, stinging pests and house crickets

Fall

With the drop in temperature pest seek warmth. Our pest technicians will make sure your home is protected from pest infestations.

Top Pest Threats:

Spiders, mice and rats

Winter

Pest need warmth and moisture to survive the cold winter months. We will make sure your home stays protected during the winter. 

Top Pest Threats:

Mice, spiders and Earwigs

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