Controlling Brown rats

The Brown rat (Rattus norvegicus) is known by other names. The sewer rat, the water rat, the city rat or the Norwegian rat. Almost every country in the world has some version of the Brown rat. Originally the Brown rat descends from an Asian rat, but because the Norwegians were the first to do tests on this type of rat. First abroad and then also in Norway itself, the Brown rat soon ends up in Europe. We will help to remove the brown rats.

We have created a summarized article for you. See below for all information about this pest!

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    The Brown rat issue

    The Brown rat is known for the extreme amount of nuisance it usually causes. Especially when waste is not properly cleaned up, put away or processed. The Brown rat can survive very well. It makes a big difference whether sewers are modernized or not, as is still the case in developing countries. For example. These animals suffer a lot from agriculture. Because they cause gnawing damage and rob and contaminate food supplies. As the Brown rat is known as a carrier of the plague in the Middle Ages. The Brown rat is also a disease-carrying animal. A few examples of diseases that this rat can carry (and can transmit) are. Weil’s disease, the hantavirus, tularaemia, rat bite fever, but also the plague. Although the plague no longer occurs in Europe. This is still sometimes the case in some parts of Africa and Southeast Asia.


    With better hygiene of humans, the risk of transmitting these conditions also significantly decreased. The chance of contracting one of these diseases in the Netherlands is fortunately minimal. In the past, attempts have been made to use rat poison in the form of anticoagulants, but the animals became resistant to this pesticide in no time. Protect Pest Control always has access to the latest and most effective means that can help you in the Brown rat plague.

    The Brown rat: a dangerous troublemaker

    The difference between the brown and Black rat is the smaller eyes, the shorter and thicker body, as well as the smaller ears with more hair. The Brown rat often has a lighter underside, while the Black rat usually has one colour all over the body. What makes it even more confusing is that the Black rat is basically black, but can be brown sometimes and the Brown rat is black sometimes!


    The Brown rat has been able to adapt better to the cold climate, creating a kind of competition between the two species. The Brown rat has become the great survivor and it is so evident that if the two species were to survive together in a cage, the Black rat would at some point be eaten by the brown.


    So the Brown rat eats literally anything, even its congeners if they have to. Furthermore, the Brown rat feeds on grain, seeds, snails, insects, eggs and sometimes even young mammals. If there is enough food in the area, the Brown rat sometimes even builds up food supplies.


    Intelligent animal

    The Brown rat is an extremely intelligent and social animal with a great adaptability. The animal even passes on certain traditions and techniques to the next generation and these also differ per region. Like the Black rat, they are mammals that can coexist peacefully in large groups, but aggressively chase away other unknown animals. Brown rats do not have a specific mating season if adequate food and good living conditions are available. The gestation period of the young is 21 – 23 days and a female can give birth to 20 young per litter. In addition, the young are sexually mature after 6 weeks, which means that thousands of animals can be born every year.


    The life expectancy of a Brown rat in the wild is about three years and, like humans, is determined by genes and hereditary factors. A natural predator of the Brown rat is the owl, domestic cat and martens.

    Recognize the presence of Brown rats

    All rats are nocturnal animals, so they will not be found by humans during the day. The hallmark of a rat problem is hearing scratching sounds through walls or under floorboards. You will also most likely find excrement that is about 10-20 mm in size. The Brown rats also leave a certain smell in which you may be able to detect ammonia and which will appear when you open closed spaces, such as a cupboard or drawer. Similar to other rodents, there will also be gnawing damage to wood, plastic and electrical wiring. The latter is very risky, because it can cause a fire in your home or business premises.


    When the Brown rats have found food supplies, they will gnaw through the package to get to it. This food is then contaminated and must be thrown away. Given the dangerous diseases that the rats can carry with them, Protect Pest Control advises not to take any risks here, just to be on the safe side. More concrete indications are finding of nests or young rats, so that you can be sure that you have a pest on hand that you probably will not be able to remove this yourself. In order to prevent as much damage as possible, we advise you to always contact Protect Pest Control in such cases.

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    How do Brown rats get into your living environment?

    In contrast to the Black rat, the Brown rat prefers to settle in a humid environment with an average temperature, not too hot. The Brown rat does not shy away from humans and can therefore often be found in basements, crawl spaces, sheds or stables. You can also often find Brown rats in the vicinity of rubbish dumps and grain and wood stores or near ditches and puddles. It does not matter to a Brown rat whether the water is polluted, such as with sewage water, they can perfectly survive in this sort of environment.


    Brown rats do not only choose inhabited areas to reside, but can survive wherever there are food and water sources if needed. The Brown rat is good at digging burrows and passageways, sometimes even over miles. As an excellent swimmer, the Brown rat can stay in the water for up to 72 hours. In addition, the Brown rat, like the Black rat, is a good jumper. The Brown rat can jump up to 77 cm high and more than a meter.

    Do it yourself or outsource it?

    If you suffer from Brown rats in your home, storage, attic or business premises, Protect Pest Control advises you not to wait before you contact us.


    Brown rats can be very aggressive and are notorious carriers of disease. In addition, they cause a lot of gnawing damage and they reproduce very quickly. Do-it-yourself products make no sense in the case of the brown (and black) rat. You absolutely need professional pest control. Protect Pest Control has fifteen years of experience in controlling black and Brown rats in your home, warehouse or business premises.

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    Repel and prevent Brown rats

    Protect Pest Control always checks where the Brown rats are hiding and where the nests are. We will then tackle this at the source. We also remove the environment and the Brown rats that are already there at that time. There is always an effective solution against rats, but different means can be used per situation. We can also help or advise you on barriers and prevention techniques. Contact Protect Pest Control now for a tailor-made solution.

    The process of engaging a specialist

    Protect Pest Control can remove the Brown rat plague in a very reliable way and help you with prevention and prevention for the future. Leaving a Brown rat infestation untreated is strongly discouraged, as the Brown rat infestation can get out of control and the risks of transmitting disease or damage cannot be prevented.


    Protect Pest Control is a professional pest control and uses safe and successful ways to control a Brown rat infestation. Trying to remove the pest yourself is often insufficient, because you are a very intelligent and aggressive species. They are therefore very difficult to locate and remove if you do not have the right resources and expertise.


    Contact Protect Pest Control now to schedule an on-site appointment or for advice and more information.


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