You’re on the couch. It’s been dark outside already for 4 hours and it’s only 9pm. You’re binging 90 Day Fiancé and all of a sudden you hear something in the kitchen. The cat is sleeping in the window so it’s not him. You flip on the lights to see something scurry out of the corner of your eye and disappear under the stove. The evidence left behind is a chocolate bar (you had every intention of devouring that in the next half hour) and it has been gnawed on right through the wrapper. What do you do?
How to tell if you have a rat or mouse in the house
How do mice get in?
Mice only need the size of a dime to squeeze through an opening. Think about the weather stripping on your overhead garage door. Think about gaps around those old windows in the basement. Or maybe there’s a piece of siding that came off the side of the house. Do you have a stove? One of the most common rodent entry points is behind the stove. If the openings where utility lines run into your house are not properly sealed, these can act as highways into your warm, cozy abode for all kinds of pests.
It’s enough to drive you mad. If you’ve had it trying to figure out where mice are getting in, just call us. Our experts have trained eyes for these things! And they’ll educate you as they’re inspecting so you can impress your neighbors next time you’re out front chit-chatting.
Rats vs. Mice
Would you be able to tell if you had a mouse or a rat in the house? It’s okay if you have no idea. That’s why experts like ours have jobs! They’ve gone through so much public health training and testing to know these things so well that you don’t have to think about it. There are some major differences between rats vs. mice.
Sure, they’re both in the rodent family and it’s obvious that an adult mouse is much smaller than an adult rat. Mice and rats have differences in terms of size, appearance, behavior, and habitat preferences. Mice are generally smaller, with slender bodies, large ears, and tails that are longer than their bodies. They typically weigh between 0.5 to 1 ounce. On the other hand, rats are larger, with more robust bodies, smaller ears relative to their size, and scaly tails that are shorter than their bodies. Rats are substantially heavier, often ranging from 5 to 10 ounces or more.
In terms of behavior, mice are generally more curious and tend to explore new objects cautiously, while rats are often more cautious and suspicious of new things. Additionally, mice typically nest in smaller, more hidden spaces, while rats may create nests in burrows or more extensive, concealed areas.
This is a great way to tell mice and rats apart. Mouse droppings are typically small and rod-shaped, resembling dark grains of rice. On average, they measure about 1/8 to 1/4 of an inch in length. House mice (Mus musculus), one of the most common species found in homes, produce droppings at the smaller end of this range. The droppings are often scattered along the paths mice travel and can be a key indicator of their presence in a particular area.