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Rodent Pest Control: Mice vs. Rats

In some people’s minds, mice and rats are the same disgusting animal. The two look similar enough that some people even mistake young rats for mice. But when it comes to pest prevention and control, the two rodents are distinctly different. The following are three areas in which mice and rats differ:


Both rodents are common household pests, but there are some basic differences between where each can be found in and around the home.

Mice: Because of their smaller size, mice are more likely to burrow into smaller areas that rats can’t reach, such as inside walls and in pantries. They’re also more likely to take to higher places, like rafters and cupboards.

Rats: Pacific Northwest rats can get pretty big, so they are more likely to stay low to the ground and in areas with more space. They also prefer wet, cool areas, like basements or crawl spaces.

Pest prevention methods.

There are a number of green pest control methods you can use to get rid of both mice and rats.         

Mice: Since mice will often infest areas with access to food, the best rodent control method is keeping a clean home. Make sure all food items are in secure areas, and clean the kitchen and pantry regularly.

Rats: Exclusion is the name of the game when it comes to preventing rats. Make sure there aren’t any access points around your home, such as pipes or vents. You can even put wire mesh around the base of your home to prevent rats from burrowing in.


Both mice and rats can carry disease, but the way they contaminate you is quite different.

Mice: The big danger with mice is food contamination. Once a mouse has gotten into your food supply, it can spread illness very quickly. If you suspect this has happened to you, immediately throw away any tainted food.

Rats: The feces and urine of rats can get into the air inside your house and make you and your family sick. If you see rat droppings, sweep them up and then mop the area.

A pest prevention professional can accurately identify and deal with a mice or rat infestation. If you think you may have a rodent problem, call a pest control company today.


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