Difference Between Rats and Mice

Rats and mice are often confused for one another. Some people think that a rat is just an over-sized mouse – this is simply not the case. Although rats and mice have their similarities, they are different types of rodents. All differences aside, we can assure you that you don’t want either to be present in your home.  Call your local exterminator if you have found evidence of rats or mice in your home.

 

 

 

Rat

 

 

 

Mouse

Full grown weighs a few pounds Full grown weighs a few ounces
Full grown is the size of a full grown mouse Full grown is the size of a young rat
Dig deep burrows 3 feet or longer Live behind walls, under or behind appliances
Aggressive.  Will attack if they feel they are in danger Shy, scared and timid.  Will freeze if they are cornered
½”droppings 1/8”-1/4” droppings
Travel further for food and water Stay close to nest for food and water
Smart – become familiar with traps and poisons and don’t return to those places Mice keep returning to areas where traps and poisons are set
Rats will kill each other if nest becomes too crowded and food source is in danger Not known to kill
Most common species: Roof rat and Norway rat Most common species: House mouse and Field mouse
Have larger features such as feet, ears, nose Have smaller features such as feet, ears, nose
Have small ears relative to the size of their head Have large ears relative to the size of their head
Northwest Exterminating
830 Kennesaw Ave MariettaGA30060 USA 
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