Scientific Name: Roof Rat aka Black Rat: Rattus rattus , Norway Rat: Rattus norvegicus
Wood Rats are found especially around Arizona, New Mexico and California
Roof Rats are generally never found more than 100 miles away from the coast.
Norway Rats are found everywhere there are humans.
Roof Rats: Tail is longer than the body and the head combined.
Habitat: Everywhere there are humans. Rats are known as commensal rodents, meaning they live with people.
Cold Rats Set Rural Houses on Fire Reuters COPENHAGEN, Denmark (Nov. 1) - If a house burns down in rural Denmark in autumn, there's a good chance rats or mice are to blame, according to a Danish insurance expert. Ritzau news agency Wednesday quoted Svend-Anker Worm of insurance company Topdanmark as saying sparks from electric cables short-circuited by gnawing rodents caused 13 percent of all fires in farm properties. Statistics showed that fires occur most frequently in autumn when rats and mice move indoors to seek shelter from the cold.There is a chapter on rat control in the Truman Guide
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