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Help! Norway Rats Keep Getting Inside My Seabrook Home

December 15, 2021

Norway rats invading your Seabrook home can be a major problem, especially when the rats hide in hard-to-reach areas. It is essential to undertake rat prevention to keep this pest out of your home.

Identifying Norway Rats

Norway rats are also commonly referred to as brown rats or sewer rats, thanks to their penchant for walking through and living in sewers. They have a brown or greyish coat with a grey or white underbelly. They are expert diggers and prefer to burrow, so you will likely find them hiding out on the lower levels of your home or in your garden. 

Because Norway rats have lived alongside humans for thousands of years, they are highly adept at hiding out in human structures and finding both food and water from the discards of humans. They are especially difficult to get rid of, as they are prone to adapting to extreme circumstances in human civilization. 

Once rats enter your home, they can bring with them some serious problems. To start with, rats will gnaw or claw their way through just about anything. This activity can add up to significant destruction and repair costs in your home. Rats also carry diseases such as hantavirus, leptospirosis, tularemia, and salmonella and can contaminate your food or food storage areas with their urine and feces. Plus, rats carry parasites such as fleas, ticks, and mites and may introduce these pests into your home as they move in.

Norway Rat Prevention

In order to keep Norway rats out of your home, there are a few prevention steps that you can take:

  • Inspect your home and seal up any entry points you find in the foundation, windows, and doors. It is important to be thorough, as rats can maneuver through a hole as small as a quarter. You may also want to update broken window and door screens or weatherstripping.
  • When rat-proofing your home, you should use materials that rats find hard to chew through. In general, rats can gnaw their way through brick, cinder block, soft metals, and wood, so be sure to use a hard cement or a hard metal to block off your home.
  • Seal up all food waste and trash tightly, and be sure to dispose of it promptly. The odor of trash and food is a major draw for hungry rats. You may also want to clean up food and liquid spills in your home as soon as possible and refrain from leaving out leftovers or dirty dishes.
  • Never leave out pet food, as rats will view it as an easy meal.
  • Clear your yard of debris and keep the grass trimmed low. Norway rats, in particular, love hiding out in gardens, so keeping your yard clear can reduce the number of hiding spots available to them.
  • Fix all leaks both inside and outside your home. Norway rats are attracted to pools of moisture.

Safe, Effective Rat Removal

Because rats bring with them a serious risk of disease and can hide away in hard-to-reach areas of your home, the most effective and safest way to handle an infestation is to contact the professionals at Men In Black Pest Control. Our experts will eliminate your rat problem at the source, leaving your home safe and pest-free.