Blog: Rats and mice - what really is the difference?

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You are watching TV in your living room and something catches the corner of your eye, you quickly look over and see a rodent scurrying across the floor. Was it a rat, a mouse, a gremlin – do you have a rodent infestation? It’s tough for a seasoned pro to tell what the difference is by a quick sighting. Well, rats and mice are together part of the rodent family and they are rather similar in appearance but in reality they are night and day. You need to find out which is which because there are different action plans for each. To start with, there is a huge difference in size, shape and feces they leave behind. Although mice reproduce at a higher rate than rats, rats remain at the bottom of the food chain and mother nature is much more cruel to rats. Both rodents can cause different damage as well. Do a quick Google search and you will find all the minute differences between the two. A mouse has the same proportions throughout its life with a small, triangular head, small nose, little feet as compared to the body, and very large ears relative to their heads. Rat ears are smaller relative to their heads with thick hairless tails. Knowing the difference can help save you time and money - helping to rationalize the approach to handling your rodent problem.  


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Go Green Pest Control owner Randy Bilesky is a long-time South Delta resident. Trained and certified, Bilesky has first-hand knowledge of the pest problems that local homeowners and business owners encounter.

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