Rats vs Mice – What Is The Difference?

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Have you sat down to watch TV and found something catch your eye, you look swiftly to see a MOUSE scurrying on the wires of your music system? If yes, you need not panic and jump to the conclusion that it is a rodent infestation. Sometimes, it is difficult to tell the difference between a rat and a mouse by a quick sighting. The difference between a rat and a mouse seems trivial to many people, but there are subtle differences than you could think of. They both, of course, fall into the family of rodents and, as we all have experienced, they can cause extensive damage to the belongings and home. Getting to know the difference between the two will make a big difference when it comes to getting rid of them. Accurate Pest Control can save your time, money and energy through reliable and complete pest control in San Antonio.

Want to know what is the difference between Rats & Mice. Read on!

Size Matters The Most

A typical house mouse ranges between two to four inches in length. On the contrary, a rat will measure anywhere between six to ten inches in length. This is easy, right? Actually, a juvenile rat that has not yet reached full size can look similar to an adult house mouse. So, watch out!

Appearance Says It All

Mice have large floppy ears and are mostly brown or gray in color having triangular snouts with long whiskers. Rats are relatively large, weigh more in size and are mostly black in color. They leave greasy marks on touched surfaces, have blunt snouts and their tail is usually long, thin, hairless and scaly.

Who Can Cause The Most Damage?

Both rats and mice can chew on various materials in the home, which can lead to dangerous hazards like fire, leakages in PVC piping and electrical short circuits. Mice have weaker teeth and will generally go for food sources.  Properly stored food items in glass or metal containers are safe from contamination. Rats, on the other hand, are much stronger than the timid mice and are known to gnaw through building materials which include, but are not limited to, wood, glass metal sheets, aluminum and even blocks of cinder.

Do Rodents Cause Health Issues?

Of course! They can cause serious health issues if not handled carefully. Rodents not only cause damage to structures of the home but can also be notorious public health pests. Rodents can transmit bacteria, germs and other diseases. Thus, it is important to take care of an infestation in its early stages.

If you notice any mouse or rat activity in your house or neighborhood, be sure to call a rodent control expert in San Antonio before they start causing damage to your home. At Accurate Pest Control we know how difficult such rodent infestation can be and the headaches they cause to home dwellers.

This is the reason why we provide several professional services to accommodate your rat and mouse removal needs. For more information on rodents and other pest control services, feel free to contact us at the earliest.

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