What’s the difference between rats and mice?

You head into the living room or kitchen and see a small furry body run across the floor. You know you have a rodent infestation, but is it a rat or a mouse? It’s hard to tell.

What is the difference between rats and mice?

Rats and mice are both a part of the rodent family and, on the surface,  they have similarities in appearance. However, there are certainly not the same. The differences between rats and mice mean different treatments for each. It’s important for you to know which rodent you have infesting your home or property.

There are differences in size, the size, and shape of the droppings. Mice reproduce much more rapidly than rats, meaning that even the type of rodent damage they can leave behind differs.

Knowing the difference between a rat and a mouse can help save you time and money when it comes to pest control, helping to streamline the approach to managing your rodent problem. Below is a graphic outline of the mice and rat differences which can help you determine which pest you have.

If you think you have a rodent infestation of any kind, the sooner you can get rid of the mice and rats, the better. Contact your local Ehrlich Pest Control office and get one of our specialists out to your property right away.


difference between rats and mice

If you think that you have mice or rats in your home or business, call in the experts in rodent control and prevention available at Ehrlich.

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Ashley Smith

Ashley is a Digital Content Manager with Rentokil. She loves drinking coffee and spending time with her dogs.


  1. Robin M. Ferrin

    I worked at Centennial Medical Center in Nashville up until Thursday. I was not sure how to contact Jason, from Ehrlich, to thank him for his dedication to the Radiation Oncology basement. I hope someone will read this and send him this message. You always went above and WAY beyond. Pass him my contact info so if in his travels, and heres of a Heathcare Management position he vould let me know. Best wishes.



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