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By its nature, the Norway rat, Rattus norvegicus is a ground- dwelling rat. Around cities and towns, it commonly burrows into the soil of residential yards, parks, empty lots and the landscapes surrounding a wide variety of commercial buildings such as grocery stores, restaurants, hotels, schools and health care facilities.
In our areas and the older towns and cities of Boston the Norway is a constant challenge to our clients and to us as a pest management company. They invade the soft soils adjacent to old cobble stone streets, within old city parks, private courtyards, tree pits and the mulch beds of yards. Of course, they also invade the typical trash corrals of public picnic and recreation areas and the restaurant alley and food courts, typical of all modern day urban areas. Various earthen areas away from refuse areas such as fruit and nut trees also commonly sustain ground-dwelling rat populations.
Urban Norway rat burrow infestations are most often treated by pest professionals via three approaches: 1) direct burrow baiting; 2) the application of rodenticide tracking powders into the burrows. EHS does neither.
The effectiveness of each of these treatments varies on a case by case basis ranging from a 100% success, to complete failure depending on several factors. What’s more, safety considerations play heavily into each approach. For example, if direct burrow baiting applications are not done precisely, baits are often translocated to the surface by the rats. This is a major concern of secondarily poisoning threats to birds, dogs, urban wildlife, and even children.
Of course, safety is also a high concern with the (restricted-use pesticide) tracking powders. Where ever emerging rats go from a “powdered” burrow, before they succumb to the powder several days later, so goes the powder onto the surface an obvious concern for humans, pets and wildlife and any pest professional.
EHS pioneered the use of Dry Ice (CO2) for exterior burrowing Norway rats and started experimenting and effectiveness trials in 2012. The conclusion revealed that dry ice offers superior advantages over the conventional uses of rodenticides for eliminating the public health threat of rat infestations when they occur in earthen spaces away from building foundations.