Usually grayish-brown, but color varies from a pure gray to a reddish brown; hard to identify by color alone
10-16 ounces; larger than Roof Rat
6-8 inches; shorter than the body
Heavy & thick body, blunt nose
Relatively small; close to body
Large & protruding black eyes
5 to 12 months
¾ inch long with blunt ends; dark color; found in groupings
They spread diseases as they eat and contaminate food. They damage property by gnawing and burrowing. A half-inch opening is all they require to gain access to your home. They can eat nearly any type of food but prefer meat and fresh grain.
Tired of empty rat traps? Bait that is missing? Discover the best rat bait to use to catch a rat. Get rid of those filthy rats with Victor®'s best rat trap bait suggestions.
Do you have a rat trap and need to know what the best rat bait options are? Victor® Rat Control recommends the following rat baits to attract Norway Rats.
Thin Slice of Hot Dog
Nesting Materials such as dental floss, yarn or twine
Tying the rat bait to the trigger will prevent the rodent from licking or nibbling the bait and stealing it without setting off the trap. For rat baits that cannot be tied (e.g. peanut butter), it's best to use small amounts.
Remember, some rats are harder to catch and are neophobic or "extra cautious" of new objects that suddenly appear in their environment. Some rats can be extra cautious so leave an unset rat trap out for a few days before setting it with rat trap bait. This will give the rat a chance to become accustomed to it and to be caught by it.