A big part of effective rodent control is knowing the difference between a rat and a mouse infestation. Even though both are rodents, and equally unwelcome in any home, the solutions brought to bear by Action Pest Exterminating vary for each. So how do you spot the difference between a rat and a mouse infestation?
Even if your profession is the furthest thing from pest control, you’re probably aware that a rat is bigger than a mouse. However, there are other physical attributes that distinguish one from the other. For example, a mouse’s head comes to more of a point and looks disproportionately small compared to the body, whereas a rat’s is more wedge-shaped and more proportionate. Probably the most striking differences between these two rodents are found in the eyes and ears. Whereas a mouse’s eyes are oversized compared to its face, a rat’s eyes are small and beady. This same size discrepancy is evident in the ears too: a mouse’s ears are far larger than a rat’s, relatively speaking.
When it comes to rodents, professional pest control entails an intimate knowledge of habitat. Mice are far more likely than rats to prioritize creature comforts like warmth, proximity to a food source, and a cozy nest. This is why mice are often found by pest control companies nesting in walls or in accessible kitchen areas, i.e. under the sink or behind a cupboard. Moreover, mice enjoy hoarding paper, pieces of old clothing, dry grass, and anything else that’s soft and makes for a good bed.
Rats, on the other hand, prefer a more covert lifestyle. Some rats enjoy fashioning a nest beneath a stack of clutter or trash, while others prefer burrowing into the earth and carving out a niche from which they can make underground forays towards their favorite food source.
When preparing a rodent-focused preventive pest control approach for a home or office, one of the main things we consider is diet. Although rats and mice are virtually omnivorous and will eat whenever the opportunity presents itself, mice are more likely to focus on carbohydrates: bread, popcorn, even raw flour, while integrating meat as more of a supplement. Rats, on the other hand, are far more carnivorous, to the point where they aren’t shy about scavenging an animal carcass. Rats will also eat mice – even though they’re close relatives, the two do not enjoy each other’s company. Specific to “household foods” rats enjoy, some of their favorites include peanut butter, canned fish, and pet food.
Since rodents (especially mice) are notoriously difficult to spot, the first sign of an infestation often comes by way of droppings. This is yet another area where mice and rats differ: the former leaves pointy, quarter-inch pellets in abundance, while the latter’s excrement is notable for its lower quantity and larger, brick-like size.
Stay One Step Ahead Of Rodents
Regardless of whether you have a mouse or rat problem, Action Pest Exterminating’s proactive pest control services allow you to stay one step ahead of your adversary. Contact us today for a consultation and a quote, and keep your home rodent-free.