Mice and rats are two of the most dreaded pests for homeowners here in the Pacific Northwest. Rodent problems can leave a big mess behind when they infest properties, and they can be dangerous as well. All rat and mouse species share the common identifying feature that is their constantly growing incisor teeth. But how do they differ? Rats are obviously bigger than mice, but their differences don’t stop there. At Western Exterminator, formerly Pratt Pest, we want our customers to be well aware of the pest they are dealing with. For that reason, we are outlining all you need to know when it comes to learning how to identify rats and mice here in Washington.
What to Know About Mice
We all know that mice are significantly smaller than rats, but how else do they differ?
- The house mouse is usually just 2–4 inches long.
Mice have larger ears and a longer tail compared to its body length.
- Mice are often gray or brown in color, with a lighter shade or white color on their bellies.
- Mice droppings have pointed ends and are just 1–2 mm long.
- Most mice feed on fruits, seeds, grains, and occasionally meat.
- They produce 5–10 litters a year with up to 14 mice in each litter.
- Mice forage at dusk and nest in attics, garages, basements, and more.
7 Rat Facts
Rats are known to be more aggressive than mice, but their differences don’t stop there.
- Rats have thicker bodies and tails that are shorter than the length of their body.
- They possess small hairy ears and larger feet.
- They weigh anywhere from 150 to 300 grams.
- Rat droppings are banana-shaped and much bigger than mice droppings at 10–20 mm.
- Rats produce 3–6 litters a year with up to 10 pups in each litter.
- Rats are adventurous, omnivorous eaters who will feed on a variety of grains and meats.
- They forage overnight and nest in garages, trees, and basements.
Do You Need Rodent Exterminators?
Rats and mice may differ in many ways, but they’re similar in the dangers they can bring into your home. Rodents can spread germs and disease, trigger allergies in people, and make a huge mess with their droppings and chewing habits. If you suspect you have these pests in your property, it’s time to call your local rodent exterminators at Western. We can identify which species you’re dealing with before implementing the best rodent control plan. Contact us today to learn more!