Here in the Atlanta GA area, rodent problems are common. But if you have rodents in your property, how do you know if you’re dealing with rats or mice? All rodents share a common feature: their ever-growing incisor teeth. However, most types of mice and rats differ in a number of ways. Because rodent infestations can be destructive and dangerous for you and your family, it’s important to know what pest you are dealing with. At Active Pest Control, we want our customers to be fully aware of the pest threats they face year-round. Read on to learn more about how to differentiate between rats and mice.
How Do Mice and Rats Differ?
We all know rats are bigger than mice, but that’s not their only difference. Some of the traits used to identify rats and mice include:
- Most mice are only 2–4 inches long.
- Mice typically have larger ears and tails compared to their body size.
- The droppings mice leave behind have pointed ends and are just 1–2 mm long.
- Mice are omnivores but mostly feed on seeds, grains, and fruits.
- They are more prolific than rats: Mice produce 5–10 litters a year with up to 14 mice in each litter.
- While they differ between species, rats typically have larger bodies that are about 6–9 inches in size.
- Rats have small, hairy ears and larger feet.
- Their droppings are much bigger than those of mice at 10–20 mm long.
- Rats produce 3–6 litters a year with up to 10 pups in each litter.
- Rats are opportunistic feeders that will eat meats, grains, seeds, and much more.
What Are the Signs I Have Rats or Mice?
Rodents are not subtle—if they’re in your home, you’ll know! Some of the most common signs you have rats or mice in your home include foul odors, odd noises, gnaw marks, chewed up nests, burrows or tunnels, and droppings or urine spots. Besides being a nuisance to get rid of, rats and mice alike are dangerous due to their ability to transmit some of the world’s worst diseases. Because of this alone, it’s always best to enlist the help of a professional when you have a rodent problem on your hands.
Mice or Rats—When to Call for Help
Rodents are a pain to deal with, bottom line. All rat or mouse species can wreak havoc on your property, not to mention the bacteria and germs they spread. When you have a rodent problem, contact the rat and mice exterminators at Active. We will identify the species, execute a plan to control them, and ensure they never return.