Mouse VS Rats

Mouse Vs Rat

If an adult mouse or rat was in front of you, would you be able to distinguish between the two? Well it really doesn’t matter to you because you want it gone. But For Truly Green Pest Control, It makes a difference on how we will eliminate them from your property.


Some homeowner experiences are as unsettling as discovering that rodents may have taken up residence in your wall space, attic, crawl space or garage. But is a house mouse or a rat responsible for that damaging and squeaking you hear? Who actually or what is taking nibbles out of the treats you assumed were safely stowed in your pantry.


Before you set out rodent traps or engage in  buying a rodent eating animal, it is wise to get the identification of the pest first, before you waist alot of money. Rats and rats may be related, but every single animal has its own biological and behavioral distinctions, and while one strategy of extermination may work for rats, it may not be as effective if applied to mice (and vice versa). Well, this is what we will try to help you with.  Mice vs Rats?

People Ask This

  • How to Get Rid of Rodents

    Questions people ask about rodents

  • Can rats or mice attack you?

    MYTH: Rats and mice are not aggressive and will not bite or attack people. FACT: When cornered, rats can charge or leap at a person, and when handled, wild rats and mice will squeal and bite. Their bite can easily penetrate flesh and cause puncture wounds.

  • Does one rat mean more?

    Yes, if you see one rat, there are probably many more living in your house, in the attic or walls. … Rats are social creatures by nature, and they breed very quickly, so if you spot a single rat, there is a reasonable chance that you have more than one. Look at photos of a nest of baby rats in the attic.

  • Is rats worse than mice?

    Mice can fit into openings the size of a dime while rats can fit into openings the size of a quarter. Rats are more aggressive, especially when they feel their offspring are threatened. Both rats and mice carry and spread rodent-borne diseases. Both species are also known to trigger allergies and asthma in humans

  • How to Get Rid of Cockroaches

    Questions people ask about cockroaches

  • Why Do I have Roaches in Clean House

    Roaches don’t care about a clean house. They care about the moisture to survive. When they are scavenging, they will find the water source even if your home is clean. This is why they show up in the kitchen and bathrooms.

  • What smell removes Cockroaches

    Cedar wood and peppermint oils are one of the roach nemesis . They hate the smell. Bay leaves and coffee grounds are one of the favorites for natural solutions. They will not kill, but they can certainly keep them away.

  • Is it Hard to Get Rid of Roaches

    While cockroaches are one of the most common pest problems, they are also one of the most stubborn. Infestations are hard to get rid of because the insects hide in a host of areas, breed quickly, have a very high reproductive potential and may develop resistance to pesticides. Cockroaches often taint food with E.

  • How Can I Get Rid Of Roaches

    Mix equal amounts of boric acid, flour, and sugar to make a dough. Set balls of dough around the home where cockroaches can feed on it. The flour and sugar will attract the roaches while the boric acid will kill them.

  • Service Questions
  • Can I Do Pest Control Myself?

    For a small infestation, do it yourself is a good option that can be inexpensive. For larger infestations or a continuing problem, save yourself the time, hassle, and money and call Truly Green Pest Service.As always, the key to pest control is prevention

  • Do I need Monthly Pest Control?

    For apartments and homes, we recommend regular pest control treatments on a quarterly basis, or even bi-monthly, in order to effectively prevent common pests or when you move into a new home or apartment. For more serious infestations, monthly treatments over the course of 3 to 6 months are advisable

  • What Does Truly Green Pest Control Do?

    Truly Green Pest control workers remove unwanted creatures, such as roaches, rats, ants, bedbugs, and termites from homes, buildings, and surrounding areas. We inspect buildings for signs of pests, determine the treatment needed, and estimate the cost of their services for customers.

  • How Much Will Pest Control Cost?

    According to Home Guide.com the average cost for a pest control visit from a professional contractor was $170 as of January 2018, with a general range of $100 to $270. Meanwhile, Home Advisor.com says the average range for a single visit $108 to $260, with the national average at $173.

  • How to Get Rid of Bed Bugs

    Questions people ask about bed bugs

  • Do Bed Bugs ever Go Away

    Bed bugs can go away, however, it can take weeks or months before you see light at the end of the tunnel. Don’t be surprised to see your company more than one time. Be prepared for along battle. You can do it yourself, however, the chances of you having the right tools is probably against you.

  • How To Get Rid of Bed Bugs
    1. Clean bedding, linens, curtains, and clothing in hot water and dry them on the highest dryer setting. …
    2. Use a stiff brush to scrub mattress seams to remove bedbugs and their eggs before vacuuming.
    3. Vacuum your bed and surrounding area frequently.

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  • Uncategorized FAQ
  • What is The Best Product to Use In My Home?

    A combination of half apple cider vinegar (although normal vinegar works just as well) and half water in a spray bottle works perfectly to repel those pests. This concoction can be sprayed around the perimeter of your home, on the legs of tables that have food served on them or even around a screen house or tent

  • Is it A Rat or Mouse?

    Mice have thin, slightly hairy tails; rats have a thicker, hairless, scaly tail. The nose of a mouse is triangular in shape; the nose of a rat is more blunt and rounded. Both mice and rats can be brown or gray in color, but rats can also be black. Mice droppings are approximately 1/4 inch long with pointed ends

  • 1. The Difference In Droppings

    Both rats and mice are nocturnal, meaning they are most active after sundown. Foraging and feeding at night, when most large predators are asleep or otherwise occupied, is a key to rodent survival. However, this means that you may never actually spy a mouse or rat active in your home. You are much more likely to be tipped off to the presence of mice or rats in and around your home by their droppings.

    Mouse Droppings

    If you find mounds of droppings roughly a quarter-inch in length and sporting pointy ends, you are likely dealing with a mouse.

    Rat Droppings

    If the pellets are longer (up to three-quarters of an inch), more brick-like and less plentiful, prepare for rats.

    Whatever the case, be aware that rodent feces contain pathogens that could possibly spread to humans. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advise exercising caution in handling and disposing of this material.

    2. MICE AND RATS HAVE DIFFERENT EATING HABITS

    Both mice and rats are opportunistic feeders and will feed on whatever is available. However, you may find that mice prefer their carbohydrates fresh to dried, and they supplement their diet with meat. Everything from bagels to popcorn to raw flour can be tempting to mice, but rats are more likely to scavenge on animal carcasses and to be attracted by any canned fish, peanut butter and even pet food they can gnaw on.

    3. MICE AND RATS HABITATS VARY

    Different creatures enjoy different comforts.

    Mice like to build their nests as close to a reliable food source as possible. They are much more likely to be found in your walls or in vulnerable areas around your kitchen (such as under the sink). Mice also like to be cozy and will hoard any soft, fibrous material — paper, dry grass, strips of old clothing, even your home’s insulation — to construct beds.

    On the other hand, some species of rats are diggers. They prefer to burrow into the ground or underneath clutter, and to make their routine expeditions from underground.

    Regardless of whether mice or rats have made a home in yours, they’re very good at breeding. That means that rodent populations can grow large very quickly. An integrated pest control plan is the best way to manage and help prevent an explosion in rodent population in your home.

    4. MICE AND RATS ARE UNFRIENDLY NEIGHBORS

    Rats will kill and eat mice. This practice is known as muricide, and scientists have been studying the reasons for this behavior for decades. Moreover, while the two most common invasive rat species, the Norway rat and the roof rat, favor very different habitats, they are natural enemies. If they come into contact with each other, conflict will ensue. The Norway rat is both more muscular and more aggressive, and typically emerges victorious in these clashes. Consequently, if you do have a rodent problem, it is almost certainly a rat or mouse problem, not a rat and mouse problem.

    5. SIZE MATTERS, BUT SO DO SHAPE AND PROPORTION

    A rat is more than just an oversized mouse. If you do catch sight of a rodent that has ventured into your home, look for the following distinguishing characteristics.

    Head:

    A mouse’s head comes to more of a point than a rat’s, which is more wedge-shaped. A mouse’s head looks small on its body, while a rat’s head is more proportionate.

    Eyes:

    A mouse’s eyes appear large relative to the rest of its face, while a rat’s look small or beady.

    Ears:

    A mouse’s ears are larger relative to the size of its head than a rat’s.

    Body mass:

    On average, a mature mouse weighs less than an ounce, while a male adult rat can weigh as much as a pound.

    Color:

    Both mice and rats come in shades of brown and gray; however, rats tend to be shaded towards dark browns and even blacks while mice frequently sport light brown and gray highlights.

    Fur:

    Rat fur is more wiry and rough around the edges than mouse fur.

    Tail:

    A rat’s tail is nearly as long as its body, and should look thicker and more scaly than a mouse’s tail.GET RODENT CONTROL >