Norway Wood Rats
There is a rat called the wood or pack rat. However, the rat that most people encounter is actually the Norway rat. The Norway rat was introduced to North America in the 1700s. Although of Asian origin, they spread to Europe before entering America via trade routes. Today, Norway rats inhabit human dwellings and thrive in urban areas, where an abundance of food is available.
Farmers also experience the ill effects of Norway rat infestations. Norway rats chew easily through wooden surfaces. They raid barns and warehouses, consuming feed, grain and other packaged farm produce. Goods fed upon by Norway rats are usually contaminated by urine and droppings and are no longer of use to farmers.
Inside human structures, Norway rats breed prolifically throughout the year and, on average, eight young may result from a single birth. Young rats are weaned within three to four weeks and become mature adults in under six months. Norway rat infestations can become large and difficult to exterminate due to their prolific breeding habits, but Orkin provides customized solutions to help control them.
Traditional traps may be ineffective if used alone in addressing Norway rat infestations. Rat-proofing methods may be undertaken to prevent infestations. However, in some situations, existing infestations can consist of hundreds of specimens and may require the services of a pest management professional.