RATS vs. MICE SIMILARITIES

NEITHER ARE VERY PLEASANT

Rodent Identification

  • Neither are very pleasant – Both rats and mice leave urine and droppings behind as they feed on anything edible and spread their diseases through your home or business.
  • Nocturnal – Like most rodents, these two are more likely to be active a night time, chewing on your insulation, wiring, and everything in your pantries.
  • Long Tails – If you see something fuzzy scurry by with a long thin tail, you probably have a mouse or rat infestation.
  • Same Color – This pair of rodents are nearly identical in color, both rats and mice range from,  White, to Brown, to Gray in color – to blend in with their natural surroundings with dirt and leaves on forest floors.

 

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Rats Vs. Mice – Differences

There are at least 1,200 species of mice, 51 different rats. 

Unless you are a trained professional, it is really difficult to tell the difference between mice and rats.  If you get a chance to look at these pests before they evade your presence, there are subtle ways for rodent identification. Here is a couple more helpful way to tell the difference between mice and rats. Contact us if you have any questions about rodent identification.

Rats

Larger – Generally

Less Droppings – 20-50 per day

Hairless tails – Scaly

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Mice

Smaller – Mostly

More Scat – 100 droppings per day – A colony of mice produces a ridiculous amount of feces in your walls

Fuzzy tails – Less Scaly

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MOUSE

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MOST IMPORTANTLY – RODENTS ARE A THREAT TO ECONOMIC AND PHYSICAL WELL-BEING

If you have any type of rodent infestation, it should be dealt with quickly and effectively to eliminate the chance of re-infestations, to avoid the threat of physical harm, and to prevent further damage to your home or business.

 

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FIRE HAZARDS

Yup.  You read it right.  Rodents can be a FIRE HAZARD.  They are known to chew on wiring in your walls at night.  If they find electrical wiring – which they will – fire can start easily from damaged electrical wiring. 

FOOD-DESTROYERS

If you have a infestation, it is recommended that all of your stored food goods are thrown away.  Even if there is not physical damage to the outer container, it is likely that your rodent infestation has rub up against, touched, or licked and tasted just about everything in your home.   

Restaurants with rodent infestations must be closed and cleaned because of this.

STRUCTURAL DAMAGE

Rats and mice will eat and spread disease onto many things that we would consider inedible.  They can damage walls, furniture, insides of major appliances, and your books and olf famliiy photos.

DISEASES

Most disease that rodents carry are spread on contact: salmonella, rat bite fever, hantavirus, and trichinosis..  Besides disease they can spread lice and ticks.  Their urine is also a known trigger for a breathing episodes in an asthmatic people.

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