Also known as the house rat - most widely distributed rat in the United States
Spreads disease through droppings and urine
Stronger and more aggressive than roof rats - weighs between 12-16 ounces
Adapted to cool climates better than other species, but found in all states
Prefers meats and proteins to vegetables and fruits
Rodents seek shelter during the winter to have their offspring. Check around your home and attic for brown to black droppings. Make sure all tree limbs are cut back away from the house as rodents travel along them to enter your home.