Norway Rat Control and Extermination

Using the best eco-friendly methods, Aptive Environmental controls Norway rats in and around homes.

Seeking help from a certified pest expert is the best way to ensure your entire home is free from norway rats.
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Preventing Infestations

Our certified pest experts conduct a thorough investigation of your home or business and customize a solution specifically for your property and needs. The Four Seasons Protection Plan guarantees that you’ll be secure from rodents and other pests throughout the year. You’ll receive the best customer service and convenient, effective treatments to remove and prevent Norway rat infestations with Aptive by your side.

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Identifying Norway Rats

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  • Where Do Norway Rats Live?
  • Norway Rat Behavior
  • What Attracts Norway Rats To Houses?
  • How To Get Rid Of Norway Rats
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    Where Do Norway Rats Live?

    Norway rats like to live in burrows, or underground tunnels, in particular. Norway rats will build their burrows near a food and water supply.

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    Norway Rat Behavior

    Primarily active at night, the Norway rat’s diet typically consists of proteins and carbohydrates from household garbage. They will eat meat, grains, fruit and even pet food.

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    Are Norway Rats Dangerous?

    These rats can contaminate food, food prep areas, & food storage areas. Like other rodents, They are carriers of diseases & bacteria that can make you sick. They may carry and transmit leptospira, salmonella, jaundice, rat-bite fever, plague & tularemia.

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    What Attracts Norway Rats To Houses?

    When the outside food supply is limited, Norway rats will start looking for ways to enter your home. This is typically most prevalent in the fall and winter when seeds and plants aren’t readily available.

  • Norway rats like to live in burrows, or underground tunnels, in particular. Norway rats will build their burrows near a food and water supply. In rural areas, Norway rats will burrow near barns or livestock yards. In suburban and urban areas, Norway rats will live in or around sewers, garbage piles, warehouses, stores, and residences. Their burrows typically have one central opening/exit, though they will have several “escape” holes in case they are in danger and need to get out quickly. The Norway rat’s burrow can be quite extensive, especially if they share the burrow with other rat families.

    If living inside a residence or building, Norway rats are typically found in crawl spaces or basements.

  • Primarily active at night, the Norway rat’s diet typically consists of proteins and carbohydrates from household garbage. They will eat meat, grains, fruit and even pet food. Norway rats that live outdoors may enter a home or building to feed and then return to their burrows. These rats will also kill and eat other animals for food. It is not unusual for Norway rats to feed on small insects, mammals, reptiles, or birds.

    Norway rats must have water in order to survive, and need ½ to 1 ounce of water every day. If food and water become scarce, there will be fighting between Norway rats that share the same burrow for dominance and access. The rats that win the fight to become dominant will be the first one’s to feed. Subordinate rats are forced to a section of the burrow that is the furthest away from food and water. In order for these rats to feed and drink, subordinate rats will search for food when the dominant rats aren’t active. If you see rats feeding during the day, you can assume that there is a large population of rats competing for food and water.

  • When the outside food supply is limited, Norway rats will start looking for ways to enter your home. This is typically most prevalent in the fall and winter when seeds and plants aren’t readily available. If they can find an opening or gap, Norway rats will enter your home this way. Many garage doors provide ample space for Norway rats to get in. Norway rats will also find small holes and gnaw at them until they are big enough to fit their bodies through. Because they are able to climb, Norway rats can also gain entrance through your roof’s gable vents and turbine boxes.

  • You might have a Norway rat infestation if you notice:

    1. Rat droppings.

    2. Foot or trail tracks.

    3. Gnarled holes and sidings.

    4. Burrows along your home’s foundation or beneath shrubbery.

    The best way to prevent a Norway rat infestation is to make sure all cracks and openings leading into your home or any outbuildings are well sealed. Norway rats love to eat garbage. You should swap your plastic garbage can for a metal one if you believe this is attracting rats. While this won’t solve your problem completely, metal will be more difficult for a Norway rat to get in than plastic.

Smart Solutions

12 Month Plan - 5 Service Appointments

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  • Property Inspection
  • Pest Free Year-Round
  • Four Seasons Protection Plan
  • A Pest Free Home, Guaranteed
After our first visit, Aptive will return the following month to rid the exterior of any surviving pests and continue to treat your home on a quarterly basis. To ensure exterior treatments are convenient, customers do not need to be home while we work.
Service begins with a thorough inspection of your property by a certified pest specialist. Risk areas are identified and treated using a customized quarterly protection plan that keeps your property pest free year-round.
Aptive’s Four Seasons Protection Plan provides an environmentally responsible solution that keeps your indoor environment pest-free through quarterly applications once a season. Using the most progressive protection plan in the industry, our comprehensive extermination services and quality guarantee have made us the fastest-growing pest control service in North America.
Aptive Environmental knows that for most homeowners, it’s not if the pests will return, but when. When the pests come back, we do too— absolutely free!
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Regain Your Home

If you see Norway rats, or any signs of them around your home or building, you should call an Aptive professional to help with removal and control. The first step to getting rid of Norway rats is locating burrows as well as entry points to your home. Our professionals know where to look and can prepare an appropriate plan based on your problem.

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Aptive professionals create an effective and eco-friendly pest control plan based on your needs.

Our treatments, customized to your home or business, protect you from Norway rats and other pests throughout the year.