These creatures usually do not stand around so you can get a good look at them. Typically, you see them scurrying across the kitchen floor late at night when you turn on the lights to enjoy a late night snack or get a glass of water. With your fight or flight mode kicking in, you probably are not taking notes of their similarities or differences. Let us help you.
First off, did you know that there are three main specifies of rats and mice? These three are the most common pests in the United States.
“Rat is used to describe medium-sized rodents with long thin tails. There are many species of rats that are called rats — kangaroo rats, cotton rats, Norway rats, black rats, African pouched rats, naked mole rats, wood rats, pack rats, Polynesian rats, and many others. These different rodent species may not be closely related to each other at all,” according to Ratbehavior.org.
Ratbehavior.org explains that Mouse is used to describe tiny, sparrow-sized rodents with long thin tails. As with rats, there are many species of rodents called mice which may or may not be closely related to each other: house mice, field mice, deer mice, smoky mice, spiny mice, and dormice are all called mice.
The similarities of these rodents are:
There are a large amount of differences between a mouse and a rate:
The tell-tale signs that you have rats or mice in your home or business are:
Both rats and mice can be very dangerous from a health standpoint and property damage, so if you have any evidence of mice or rates, contact expert help to handle the situation quickly. They can provide a thorough inspection, and upon detection of a rodent, they can remove them from your home. It will be important to seal up the entry points that they came in through.
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