Rats Vs Mice – Cute To Look At, Terrible To Host

When you think about which rodent is a bigger pest, two animals are at the battle, rats vs. mice. Most commonly though, there are four main rodents people see. The four different animals that could invade your home or business are brown rats or black rats, deer mice, or house mice. They are a part of the taxonomic order Rodentia. Whether it’s a deer mouse, house mouse, brown rat, or black rat, all of these rodents are known to damage your house by chewing on wood, furniture, and even wires. Rodents chewing on wires can cause a fire, and they are known to cause up to 25% of house fires. If any rodent enters your property, it is best to handle it correctly and carefully. Even if you think you might have successfully captured the “one or two” on your property, rodent infestations happen again quickly if not properly managed.

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Rats Versus Mice: Property Damages

Mice and rats are excellent at jumping, swimming, and climbing. All rodents are experts at finding food, water, and shelter. Although they seem similar, the most common thing that brings them all together is the constant growth of their front teeth, the incisors. The biggest difference between rats and mice this their size. Rats are larger, but don’t let the smaller size of mice deceive you. They can do just as much damage as rats.

Black Rats

Black Rats, also known as roof rats, usually live in higher places such as trees in the wild. So, it is not a surprise to find them on your roof or even in the attic. Having rat nests in the attic can mean damages to wires, insulation, and also the roof structure. They are known for having close nesting areas. Because of this, black rats are also known to form “rat kings.” A rat king is a clump of rats formed when many rats live closely in attics and small spaces that young rat’s tails tangle and become permanently stuck together.

Brown Rats

Brown rats are more likely to befound nesting in your garden, where they enjoy feasting on snails.  If possible, have your garden at least ten feet away from the house. While protecting their nests, rats will attack people and their pets. Brown rats live in sewers and the streets in larger cities and are known for taking over alleys.

House Mice

A house mouse is larger than a deer mouse and can appear in many different colors of fur. In nature, they live in tropical Eurasia.But in populated areas they want to live in a house with humans because Our homes provide plenty of dry shelters, food, and water.

A female mouse produces up to three hundred babies a year. After a short time, a not so noticeable problem becomes an unbearable infestation.

Deer Mice

Deer mice, also known as field mice, are native to North America. That is why they are more likely to stay outside in a field than come inside where people are.  The way you can tell a deer mouse from a house mouse is by the coloring of the tail. Deer mice have a brown top body with a white underbelly, which matches the tail. If you see this speedy rodent, contact MasterGuard Pest Control, Inc. right away,  because these tiny intruders are likely to spread Hantavirus.

Rodents As Pets

Fancy mice are tame mice that have patterns and usually multicolor. Fancy mice make excellent pets.  So if you see a fancy mouse, they are probably just lost.  It is best to contact your neighbors who may have a pet rodent.

Rats can be intelligent little pets as well. Brown rats are considered fancy rats and sold at pet stores. These animals are lovely pets to have when adopted from a pet store. They are tame, friendly, and often given lots of treats by their owners.

Safety First

Unfortunately, even as pets, rats vs. mice can cause issues. They easily get loose from their cages, their health must be maintained, and their saliva can cause illness. Plus, pet rodents must always be held with caution. Rats and mice are resilient yet fragile little creatures, their tails are apart of their spine, and can be injured easily.  People often try to grab rodents by the tail, but that will cause the rodent pain, and they become likely to bite.

Stopping The Attack

Here at MasterGuard Pest Control, Inc., we recommend rodent pest control to all home and business owners. Our professionals check for all exterior entrances. Looking around outside first makes sure there are no holes in screen doors, wear and tear around door sweeps, or cracked foundation.  Before we start inspecting inside, it is crucial to know where they are entering. Not fixing entrance spots only brings in more pests.  

NOTE: Do not use rodent poison outside. Rodenticides are very dangerous for other wildlife that preys on rodents, such as birds or even pet cats.

Catching A Mouse

Luring mice is no problem; they love to find new things. Traps are easy to set up to catch them. However, traps need to be set up often and that can be a painstaking process.

Catching A Rat

Rats do not trust new surroundings and are not going first to be fool by a rat trap, because rats are incredibly cautious it might take a couple of tries.


What Is the Harm In Having A Few Rodents?

Once an outbreak occurs, it takes patience recovering the vermin, removing their nests, replacing /repairing wood,  and sanitizing unclean spots.  Rodents waste, either being urine or feces, is harmful to humans.  Rodents can transmit disease, such as Hantavirus. Spreading this illness from their waste, so we recommend never sweeping or vacuuming dropping. If you are breathing dust from the nest and debris and become ill, contact a doctor right away.

MasterGuard Pest Control, Inc. is always here for our customers for those horrible rats vs. mice challenges because all four of the afformetioned species of rodents do significant damages to homes and businesses.

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