Even though mice and rats LOOK SIMILAR, they are slightly different to the TRAINED EYE.

Understanding these pests, helps your strategy in rodent control tactics.

Understanding food preferences, social behavior, and habitats will assist you in controlling them more effectively.

What helps to control mice MAY or MAY NOT work with rats.

—–> Difference in Size.

Adult rats weight up to 10 times as much as adult mice.

So if you see a GIANT Mouse, it’s probably a rat…

—–> Difference in Behaviour.

Although both mice and rats are both rodents, there are some behavioural distinctions between them.

Mice, despite their smaller size, are a little more daring than rats. Mice are curious creatures who like to explore new things, especially traps.

To fool a rat, you’ll need a very SMART baited trap (Silver Bullet Mouse Trap works also for rats).

Rats live in fear since they are afraid of new things and don’t explore a much as mice do.

In comparison to mice, rats take much longer to study new items, making catching challenges.

Mice are expert climbers when it related to nesting and have no issues living in your attic. Due to their small size, mice can even fit into the tiniest of holes, enabling them access to areas of your home where you wouldn’t expect anything to fit.

On the other hand, rats can climb but prefer to live in lower levels of a building, such as a crawlspace or a basement.

—–> Who Causes More Damage?

The harm they may cause is enormous, and you should take an infestation seriously…

BOTH mice and rats enjoy gnawing on cords and cables in your house posing a fire threat.

Because mice have weaker teeth than rats, any food supply adequately housed in glass and metal can prevent mice from polluting it, but rats will get to it…

Rats are significantly stronger than mice and have been observed to gnaw through aluminium, glass, wood, sheet metal, or even cinder blocks.

—–> Differences in Diet:

Rats and mice normally prefer distinct diets. Mice prefer cereals, fruit, vegetables, nuts & seeds but will eat meal as well. Mice have been known to eat the bodies of other mice and their tails if they become hungry enough.

Larger good, such as preserved cheeses, meats, and dried pet foods, are preferred by rats.


—> Size: House mice measure 12 to 20 cm in length, including the tail, and weigh 12 to 30 grams.

—> Color: They may be white, brown or grey in color.

—> Head: Their snouts are triangular and feature long whiskers.

—> Tails: Mice have large, floppy ears and long, thin, hairy tails.

These rodents can be found throughout the world in a variety of climates and environments. They can live up to six years in captivity though most naturally live less than a year. Mice are nocturnal, timid, social and territorial in nature. 


—> Size: Rats are medium-sized to large rodents. However, rats may grow to be as long as 40 cm or more and weigh considerably more than mice.

—> Color: Their coats are white, gray, brown or black in color and are often soiled enough to leave grease marks on touched surfaces.

—> Head: The snout of the rat is more blunt than that of the mouse.

—> Tails: Long tails that are commonly hairless and scaly.

Like mice, these rodents are also found throughout the world, in varying environments. They are also nocturnal in nature. 


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