The Difference Between Mice, Rats, and Rodents

Mice and rats can look very similar at first glance, but when you look a little closer, there are several noticeable differences. Knowing what type of pest is in your home can help get rid of these unwanted creatures.

How Are They Similar?

Both mice and rats fall in the rodent category. This means they both have incisors that never stop growing, leading them to chew on things to keep them from getting too long. If you notice chew marks in your home, it could be from a rat or mouse. Mice and rats alike prefer to live in warm places where food is readily available such as houses, barns, sheds, or garages. While it may be more common to see a mouse inside the house, rats will venture inside homes as well. Furthermore, rats and mice are both nocturnal rodents, meaning they are more active at night. If you hear scratching or scurrying sounds in the evenings or during the night, it could mean you have some unwanted guests inside your home. Whether it’s a mouse or a rat, rodent control may be in order. Be sure to contact a pest removal company right away for mice or rat removal services should you see or hear signs of these rodents in or around your home.

How Are They Different?

For specific rodent removal services, look for the differences between rats and mice to correctly identify what exactly is invading your home. Rats tend to be larger than mice with pointier faces. Rats and mice can also be identified by their chew marks. Rats will chew in large, round, rougher circles leaving a snack about the size of a round quarter, while mice create dime-sized holes to squeeze in and out of. Rats will often hoard food and will eat anything in sight. They are not picky. Mice tend to be more selective and will only nibble their food.

If you suspect a rodent problem in your home, contact Omega Animal Removal for rodent control services. We specialize in mice and rat removal and guarantee to rid your homes of these unwelcome visitors so you can have peace of mind that it’s only you living in your home and no unwanted pests.