Norway rats are what you typically picture when envisioning a rat. Also known as the brown rat, Norway rats are the most common rodent pest in the world. It is not unlikely that you may have a rat in your Toledo home if you notice scratching in your attic or walls, see grease marks along your trim/wall (indicating their path), and notice rat feces. If you do see any of these signs of a rat infestation, there's a chance you have more rats present than those you actually see; don't be alarmed! Give Critter Control of Toledo a call today or reach us for an estimate here.
What's The Issue with Rats?
First of all, their proximity to humans presents an issue. Norway rats often make their way into buildings, very comfortable around humans and their food.
- Brown rats are known for biting and scratching if they feel intimidated, and a number of illnesses can be transmitted through these scratches or bites. A few notable viruses Norway rats are responsible for transmitting include plague, rat-bite fever and lymphocytic choriomeningitis (known as LCMV).
- Brown rats can also carry small secondary pests like mites or fleas.
- Brown rats can cause damage to sidewalks and even the foundation of your home or business. A main source of damage is their chewing—because rodent teeth grow continuously, there may be a lot of damage.
Norway Rat Control and Safety
Basic home hygiene is a good first step to preventing brown rats in your home, including:
- Maintaining a clean home
- Sweeping food crumbs
- Mopping liquid up
- Securing trash cans with rodent-proof tops
- Sealing food products in rodent-proof vessels
- De-cluttering typical rodent hangouts like basements or attics
- Keeping holes in the home's foundation sealed
- Fixing broken window screens
Your Critter Control of Toledo technician may also implement rat traps, rat repellents and other forms of rat extermination to resolve the problem.
Trust the Rat Removal Experts!
As soon as you realize you have a brown rat infestation, Toledo property owners should act quickly to get rid of them, as Norway rats multiply quickly (with around 10 rats per litter and up to six litters per year—60 rats for one mother!). Our trained technicians have the necessary tools to remove Norway rats; call Critter Control of Toledo today!Request a Quote