Norway rats are burrowing rodents that are the largest and most common rat. They
average about one pound in weight, and have coarse, reddish brown fur and a
They're nocturnal and rely on their keen senses (other than sight) for
information. They are good climbers, diggers, and moderate swimmers. They tend
to use the same routes over and over. Rats eat up to half a pound of food a day,
and waste up to ten times this amount.
None, other than they're useful to scientists in the laboratory. In that case,
they're smart and adaptive.
In addition to all of the damage they cause, they are dirty, dangerous, and can
carry a whole host of diseases, including trichinosis and salmonellosis.
Just about everything, and plenty of it. In the garden, melons and tomatoes are
susceptible to attack, but the real treats are fruits and berries.
They burrow under buildings, causing structural damage, and gnaw wires, water
pipes, doors, windowsill, ceilings, floors - you name it - they damage it,
especially if it somehow leads to food.
How to Get Rid of Rats.pdf
Rat poison, available at just about every hardware store, is the quickest and
surest control. Be sure to follow all directions to the letter.
Rat control begins by storing all food materials in rodent-proof containers,
collecting and disposing of refuse, and properly storing all usable materials.
Permanent removal of harborage and sources of food will eliminate existing rat
Ground Cayenne pepper liberally sprinkled at likely entry and exit points, and
along their runs (identified by their fecal pellets), is a safe, effective
To stop them from gnawing, apply a thick layer of Tabasco Sauce to the area.
They are also sensitive to ammonia, and are absolutely terrified of ferret
To prevent rats from entering and exiting through their old familiar gnawed
openings in wood or drywall, pack the opening with steel wool or copper mesh
similar to that used for scrubbing pots and pans, and then seal it.
The most common method of dealing with rats is to trap them, but believe you me,
it's an art. Use cheese, chicken, cereal grains, or a mixture of peanut butter
and oatmeal as bait. Place the trap in a runway with the trigger end against the
wall. Tie the bait to the trigger so that it can't be removed without springing
it. Now for the good news—a
trap that kills the rat using a mild electric shock! Once the rat is dead,
there is no need to touch the carcass, just empty the trap into the trash.
A final word of caution - be very careful when handling dead rats - they carry
Finally, if all else fails, try one of the ultrasonic devices that are
available. There are several that work by creating stress on their bodies,
which causes them to flee the area.