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.
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:
Their heads are short and broad. They are large compared to the body with large features. This is because they are babies when being confused with mice. Usually around 6 weeks old.
The muzzle is large and wide.
Ears are small relative to the head.
The tail is thick.
The tail is shorter than the body in the tail-to-body ratio.
Feet are large relative to the body, like a baby or adolescent's would usually be. Hind legs are especially large.
Weight is usually somewhere around 100 grams - 200 grams from 6- 8 weeks, respectively.
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:
Their head is small and triangular-shaped. The head is small relative to the body, since they are fully grown.
The muzzle is narrow compared to the rat with a sharp tip and small nose.
Ears are large relative to the head (think of Mickey Mouse).
The tail is thin.
The tail is around the same length or longer than the body in the tail-to-body ratio
The feet are small relative to the body. Again, this is because they are fully developed and no longer growing.
Weight is around 30-50 grams. Smaller than the baby rat, but you would never notice at a quick glance.
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.
Challenges of performing pest control in New York City
There are thousands of things that make life in New York City different from the lives of other people throughout the country, even in metro areas, right? Why shouldn't the same be true of life for our bugs? Turns out, it is. Pest control in New York City is a whole different "animal."
The New York metro area is a unique environment for humans, bugs, and mice/rats. There are a lot of people, places, and things in a relatively small space compared to other metro areas. Buildings in the city often have restaurants at the bottom with offices or apartments directly over them and above.
The problem with apartments
Apartments are a great, low-cost alternative to owning a home that allows people to live in the city of their dreams. Unfortunately, your chic Manhattan apartment is also a safe haven for insects and rodents. Now mention the fact that you have a diner on the bottom floor of your building. What could be better?
Not only are many buildings heaven for pests, but the close proximity between you and your neighbors promotes the fast spread of problems.
Manhattan is an urban metropolis full of important people who go to important places for important meetings. The traveling is nonstop. Have you ever been to Laguardia? Then you know.
Unfortunately, the people we brush shoulders with and the places we stay when traveling are not always of the highest quality. Pests like bed bugs can be rampant even in a posh, 5-star hotel.
People who often travel are at risk of exposing themselves to pest issues and then bringing the home to fester and infect other apartments. Bed bugs, especially, are often not noticed until it is far too late, costing you thousands of dollars in bedding, clothing, and furniture.
Ample food supply
Manhattan is the only city in the world where you can walk out of your building and go grab a burger at 5 am. Every New Yorker has had a late night dinner escapade, right?
This ample food supply is also a benefit for the rodents and pests that try to barge in. They are drawn to the food, and New York City is the food capital of the world where you can eat around the clock.
Get pest control help right away
Just like New York City, we are the pest control company that never sleeps. If you have an emergency, get in touch. We are available and can have someone at your home to check out the problem by the next day.
If you need help or think there might be a pest control issue, get in touch right away. A few days of time could make all the difference depending on the pest you are dealing with.