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Rats

Wildlife & Birds
Norway Rats

Rats – Family: Rodentia.  There are two rats species that are closely associated with man and his dwellings, the Roof Rat and the Norway Rat.  Both rats are considered Commensal rodents in that there are no wild populations of these rats, only populations associated with humans.  Roof rats are very good climbers and can be found in the upper portions of structures while the Norway rat is an excellent digger and can be found in burrows around and in the lower parts of structures.  They both feed on a wide variety of food items, but poor sanitation around dumpsters is a contributing factor to these rats being found near structures.  Good sanitation and exclusion repairs are the key to keeping these rodents from entering structures.