Mice vs. Rats: What's the Difference?
April 01, 2021 - Rodents
If you believe you may have a rodent problem but aren’t sure whether you’re dealing with mice or rats, here are some key differences you can use to determine what type of rodent has invaded your home.
- Shorter, thin, hairy tails
- Smaller bodies, usually 2-3.5 inches in length
- Large ears
- Lighter white, brown, or gray coats
- Triangle-shaped snouts
- 40-100 droppings per day
- Smaller droppings
- Most likely to chew through walls, ceilings, and attics to build their nest
- May live up to 3 years inside a home
- May produce up to 140 offspring in a year
- Can enter your home through very small openings, as small as a quarter of an inch
- Will eat almost any food they can find
- Longer, scaly, hairless tails
- Larger bodies, up to 16 inches in length
- Small ears
- Darker gray, brown, or black coats
- Square-shaped snouts
- 20-50 droppings per day
- Larger droppings
- More likely to chew through walls, wires, cinderblock, etc.
- Typical lifespan of a year
- May produce up to 12 offspring per litter, averaging around 5 litters in a lifetime
- Need larger openings to gain entry into your home, but still as small as half an inch
- Tend to stick to one singular food source
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