How to ID a Norway Rat

The Norway Rat

They’re big, they’re scary, and they do damage to your home. This is the reputation of a Norway rat. If you have an issue with rats, you definitely want the disease carrying rodents removed from your property.

Rats rely on their sense of smell, taste, touch, and hearing, are natural explorers, and gnaw and chew resulting in structural damage.


Norway rats are larger than a roof rat and weigh about 1 pound. They’re stocky and covered in coarse brown or reddish gray fur. Brought to the U.S. around 1775, the burrowing rodent is found in the 48 contiguous states.

Rats live near residences and buildings because of easier access to food, water and shelter. You’ll find their nests below or at ground level.


Norway rats aren’t picky eaters. They prefer fresh food including grains, nuts, fruit and meat and require about an ounce of water daily. Garbage cans are a favorite buffet because they provide food and moisture.

Rats running in and around your home or business is not something you want to deal with at any day any time. With the help of a NYC pest control specialist, an infestation can be eliminated, fast.

At Stern Environmental Group, our NYC pest control specialists have the expertise and products to do a thorough job. Contact us and let’s set up an appointment to get ride of rats faster than a New York minute.