The Norway rat and roof rat are the most commonly found in the area. These animals are secretive and when an infestation is small, it can be hard to detect. Both species have black, grey, and brown coloration and both can cause damage to your property through gnawing. Norway rats are smaller than roof rats. Rats feed on almost anything from human food to animal carcasses. Roof rats prefer fruit while Norway rats like high-protein food sources better.
Finding droppings in your home is another way to know you have a rat infestation. Roof rats have pointed droppings while Norway rats have blunt droppings. If you see oily marks along pathways, you probably have a rodent infestation.
Rats are also known to contaminate areas where they feed and live with bacteria. This can make you sick and affect those with asthma. When cleaning up old or dried rodent waste, be sure to wear safety equipment to protect yourself.
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