What's the difference between rat and mouse?

We get this one a lot, and it isn't the easiest thing to figure out, especially when everyone is jumping on top of the table in fear of the little thing running across the floor. 

Good news is that it is way more afraid of you than you are of it. You usually have nothing to fear, but it could be a sign of bad issues hiding in plain sight.

Here is a quick run down on the difference between a mouse and a rat.

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Baby Rats

The baby rat that you think might be a mouse is usually around 6 weeks old and just finished weaning from the mother.

Since they are finished weaning and just beginning to explore on their own, it doesn't always mean you have a big issue. It could be just the one. A simple trap will usually do the trick in this situation.


When trying to notice rat-like features:

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A mouse in this situation would be a fully-grown, adult mouse. They are around the same size as baby rats, but have different features that make them stand out.

Some features you should look for to identify mice:

That's all there is to it! Most of the time, it won't really matter which you have. You'll probably give us a call either way. 

There can be some difference also in the level of infestation. Rats tend to be solo predators and scavengers, while mice tend to live in larger groups and breed more quickly. 

Issues with mice can get out of hand more quickly and have a better chance of signaling a larger problem behind the walls or just outside the home or business.

Either way, we can handle it. Get in touch with us today if you are in the NYC or NJ areas. We will be happy to get rid of them for you!

Until next time.

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