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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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