Rodents such as mice and rodents are a common pest in Albany homes that are infrequently cleaned and overall a good habitat for rodents. Although both mice and rats belong to the same family, they are still different animals that live and breed (and cause damage) differently. In order to successfully get rid of either one of these rodents from your house, you need to correctly identify what it is that you’re dealing with.
Both mice and rat look alike but there are some major differences that can help you tell them apart. First and foremost, mice are much smaller in size than rats and almost cute! Think of Jerry from Tom and Jerry or Mickey Mouse from Disney. Don’t let the cuteness deceive you though – they are still pests that need to be kicked out of your home. Mice are also usually brown or grey to white in color with distinct triangular snouts, long tails and large ears. They weigh significantly less than rats and are therefore weaker as well.
Rats, on the other hand, are anything but cute. They’re large and heavy with a scaly tail and dark color coats. They also have particularly large feet unlike a mouse.
Living Styles and Habitat
All rodents are nocturnal beings and are most active after the sun has set. Because of their tiny bodies, mice can jump and hide in the smallest of places. They don’t have a backbone so they can wriggle their way into a small crack in the wall and hide inside it.
On the other hand, rats can’t hide just anywhere. They gnaw and use up any materials around the house to make a large nest somewhere in a dark corner of your house. It could be in the basement or in the attic. It could even be in the bathroom. Some species of rats hide in the gutters and come out at night to feast on any leftovers you might have. You’ll notice paw prints around the bathroom if that ever happens.
Dealing with rodents is not a simple job; they’re fast and incredibly hard to exterminate. Call a professional pest control company to effectively get rid of your mouse or rat problem now!
All Star Pest Solutions is a certified pest control company offering a full suite of services to Albany and the surrounding Capital Region.