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The Difference Between Mice and Rats

Norway rats, roof rats, and house mice are the most common types of home-invading rodents. There are a number of physical differences between mice and rats that help to identify them:

  • House Mice – These little rodents are lightweight and measure about five inches in length. They have grayish-brown fur.
  • Norway Rats – These heavy, bulky rodents are about a foot long on average. The pests have gray coats with pale underbellies.
  • Roof Rats – This species is agile and slender, though roof rats are about the same length as Norway rats. These rodents are grayish-brown in color with a light yellow underside.

Mouse vs. Rat Behavior

Families of mice consist of one dominant male, several females, and their young. Rats live in similar colony structures. However, rats and mice have different nesting preferences.

Several behaviors may indicate whether there is a mouse vs. a rat problem. Norway rats, for example, stay around the lower levels of homes, while roof rats prefer higher elevations like attics. Mice, on the other hand, simply build their nests close to food sources. Many rats fear new things in their environment, while mice are often curious.

Contamination & Disease

Any mouse or rat has the ability to pollute food with its feces, urine, saliva, and fur. Rodents contaminate an estimated 20 percent of the world's food. Rats and mice are also vectors for a wide range of diseases such as plague and rat-bite fever. Additionally, they carry parasites like fleas, ticks, lice, and mites.

Control of Rats and Mice

Whether homeowners have mouse or rat issues, removal is a necessity. The technicians at Critter Control are experts in dealing with rodent infestations and can determine the best course of action to deter rats and mice from entering homes.

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Customer Reviews

Kirk D.
It has been very effective at reducing the number of mice, lizard, and snake sightings. During one visit Edgar removed a rattlesnake he came across. We may see a snake maybe two to three times during the spring and summer months, but it has been far less than before.

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Full service. Excellent job of extracting raccoon, cleaning all animal waste, sanitizing, and spraying anti-parasitic substance. They closed all potential ports of entry, though the work did not match the vinyl, and it looks kind of tacky. They added blown insulation, which added a lot to the cost. They provide a one year warranty against animal intrusion, with an option to extend the warranty at the end of each one- year period. They were willing to work with me one the price. I will probably extend my warranty, and will definitely use them it the future.
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I was really impressed by these guys. Got a call within a few hours of making an inquiry. Had a rep out to inspect the situation by the end of the week, and when they laid out the timeline they kept if not exceeded listed times.

Rob, Travis, and Jim were all professional, polite, and courteous and after months of hearing squirrels in my ceiling they are gone and the repair to my flashing looks excellent. Can't recommend these guys enough.
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Jeff was incredibly professional and helpful. I'll use them again and would recommend them to anyone.
-Detroit, MI
Richard L.

Critter Control did a great job of evaluating our house for sites of entry after we found bats and a squirrel in our attic. They completed their work promptly and professionally.
-Seattle, WA
Kenneth H.
We heard some noise from the corner of our house. Concerned that it could be inside we called for an inspection. Jessy arrived as scheduled and conducted a complete inspection of our home. Based on a recording we made he determined we had a tree frog on our roof. I was pleased that we didn’t have any rodent in our house. And his inspection could a few spots I can tighten up around my house. I am very happy with the outcome.
-New Hampshire
Lee F.
We have a vacation home in Western Mass and haven’t been there much during the pandemic as we live and work in Atlanta, GA. On our most recent visit we noticed that we had some rodent intrusion as well as some un-welcomed wildlife who decided to make our vacation home their home.

We contacted Critter Control and Mr. Cahoon was quick to set up an appointment as we wouldn’t be in town very long. He came out and assessed our issues. He informed us of our options to both eradicate and control future intrusions. Keeping in mind that wildlife is wildlife! He quickly got to work eradicating the rodents and wildlife from our home and addressing the intrusion issues. We feel much better leaving our vacation home for periods at a time knowing that Mr. Cahoon and Critter Control did their job and did it right! Thanks again!
Mary L.
We bought an old cabin last spring , it was used for years as a summer vacation cabin, therefore maintenance wasn’t a priority. After our project to remodel started, we found evidence of mice droppings.

We immediately called Critter Control and they came and gave us a reasonable estimate to remove all remnants and insulation. They sanitized and replaced with new insulation and sealing up points of entry .

Seeing their professional work made us feel confident and secure that the problem was solved ! Everyone we worked with continued to show professional and respectful work. Highly recommend this company! We continue to use critter control monthly to be sure we are mice and bug free!


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