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Norway rats in Auckland

In Auckland the Sewer rat can quickly over run your home or business. The sewer rat is the miner of the rodent family. They are often found in colder climates and are famous as the "rats" from  New York.

They are larger than the roof rat and gregarious, meaning they don't mind meeting you. Commonly these rats come up from the sewer where they are present in high numbers. When out of sewers, they are live in rat borrows. Burrows have more than one entrance to them, sometimes as many as 5-6 entrances to allow them to get away from predators. When occupied the rats often excavate fresh dirt out of one of the entrances, producing evidence the burrow is currently in use.   Burrows sometimes collapse resulting in oval depressions in the ground.

What Are Norway Rats?

The Norway rat commonly referred to as the street or sewer rat, is believed to be of Asian origin, arriving in the U.S. on ships from other countries in the 1700s. Today, Norway rats are found throughout the world. Norway rats have fairly poor vision and are colorblind. Despite this, their other senses, including hearing, smell, touch and taste are keen. Although not extremely agile, they are capable of running, climbingjumping and swimming. Norway rats are known to cause damage to properties and structures through their gnawing. Read more to learn about Norway rats, including Norway rat control.

Signs of a Norway Rat Infestation

There are several telltale signs that a home has a Norway rat infestation. Gnaw marks throughout the house are one clue of the presence of Norway rats. New bite marks or holes tend to be rough, whereas older ones are smooth from wear and are also often greasy. Spotting droppings, which are capsule-shaped, is another key indicator of a Norway rat problem. Norway rats’ droppings have blunt ends, while those of roof rats have pointed ends. Other signs include footprints, greasy and dark rub marks from oily fur against pathways, burrows, runways with stacked food, and damaged or rummaged-through food products.


Thanks to their propensity to gnaw through almost anything, Norway rats can cause damage to properties and structures, making them a threat to homeowners. Equally important, Norway rats are carriers of serious diseases, including jaundice, rat-bite fever, cowpox virus, trichinosis and salmonellosis. Learn more about the health threats posed by rodents in the article, “An Overview of the Real Health Risks Posed By Mice and Rat Infestations.” Norway rats also pose other health threats, as they can contaminate food and introduce fleas into a home.

You can get rid of all your Norway rats by contacting ACES pest control