difference between rats and mice

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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.

Rats vs. 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.


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



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