Norway Rat (Brown or Sewer Rat)

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The Norway Rat is the most destructive and most common introduced rat in Australia. It usually lives in burrows beneath buildings, but is also found in sewers and around rubbish dumps. These rats remain close to their nesting sites when scavenging for food.

The Norway Rat will feed on many things, but has a preference for plant, animal material and meat.

Preventative measures

Preventative measures that may be taken include:

1. Vermin proofing of premises as far as is practicable – blocking holes, fitting screens, preventing burrowing etc.

2. Storing food items, pet food and food waste in secure containers with tight fitting lids.

3. Hygiene – sanitation involves proper handling and disposal of food scraps, cleaning pet areas (aviaries, chicken pens etc) and not leaving excess food laying around, removal of vegetation overgrowth and the proper disposal of other domestic wastes.

4. Restricting water access – rats drink about three times as much as they eat; so they must have access to water.

5. Storing building materials and other items in stacks above ground and regularly checking for evidence of rats or mice.

6. Trimming vegetation away from roofs and external walls of buildings and from overhead cables.

The information above is an extract taken from a fact sheet from the Redland City Council in Queensland on Controlling Rats and Mice. Click on image below to view the entire fact sheet. The information above is an extract taken from a fact sheet from the Redland City Council in Queensland on Controlling Rats and Mice. Click on image below to view the entire fact sheet.
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