Rats are a rodent much larger than mice and can be from 13 – 16 inches long including their tail. Three types of rats that may infest your home include Norway rats, roof rats, and cotton rats. Norway rats are quite large and covered in shaggy brown or gray fur. Norway rats enter buildings in search of food and live in underground burrows as close to a water source as possible. They also live in sewers, attics, crawlspaces, and basements.
Roof rats have black or brown fur and nest inside or under building in piles of trash or wood. Roof rats are nocturnal creatures. Cotton rats have coarse fur that is typically gray with brown and black hairs mixed in. Cotton rats nest either in shallow burrows or on the ground. They are quite damaging to lawns and gardens since they feed on plants. Also, cotton rats will infest barns, garages, storage sheds, and the like. Cotton rats are a host for the hantavirus so their droppings should not be disturbed.
Seeing cotton rats or roof rats during the day is evidence of an infestation. If Norway rats are seen during the day, you most likely have a large infestation as they are not usually seen exposed. Another method of rat detection is by finding their burrows, which are shallow in the case of the cotton rat.
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