While mice and rats can both cause problems for homeowners, there are several differences between the two. If you have rodents in your home but aren’t sure which kind, consider the following differences between house mice and Norway rats. These are the most common types of rodent pests found in homes.
House mice are smaller than Norway rats. Adult mice are typically up to 4 inches long with tails that are also a few inches long. Adult rats can grow up to 11 inches long and usually have tails that are between 7 and 9 inches long.
House mice have smaller ears, heads and feet than Norway rats. Their heads also have a more slender shape with a pointy nose. Norway rats have thicker heads and bodies with bigger ears and feet.
One of the best ways to tell whether you have mice or rats in your home is to look for droppings. Mouse droppings are smaller and thinner than rat droppings.
Whether you have rats or mice, it’s important to have professional Freehold exterminators handle them. This lowers the risk of health hazards, such as the spread of disease, and damage to your home.
Don’t let rodents take over your home. If you have mice or rats running around, our Freehold exterminators can help. Contact Allison Pest Control for safe and effective rodent control.
The “Pizza Rat” rose to Internet fame after a video of a rat trying to carry a slice of pizza down subway steps in New York City surfaced. During the short video, the rat attempts to drag the entire slice to the bottom of the steps. While Pizza Rat has inspired tons of online comments and even Halloween costumes, the video shows the failed efforts of the city to handle its rat problem.
The NYC budget includes $2.9 million for reducing the city’s rat infestations, but these stubborn pests haven’t been easy to eradicate. Despite the removal of garbage cans in areas with high rat populations to cut down on food sources for these pests, their numbers have continued to grow.
Rats have been breeding and increasing their population, which is making it harder to effectively get rid of them. The city offers them several ideal places to live, including subway tunnels, empty properties and sewers.
Since these critters can be a public health hazard by spreading disease, it’s important for the city to step up its efforts to control their populations or come with more effective ways of reducing their numbers. Otherwise, there could be several more Pizza Rat videos popping up.
If you’re in need of Monmouth County rodent control services, we can help. Contact Allison Pest Control if you’re having problems with rats, mice, spiders, termites or other critters in your home.
A recent online chat in Washington gave residents an opportunity to ask questions and receive advice about rodents. The district also offers a hotline where residents can call in to report problems with rats or sightings.
Here are a few of the questions people shared and some of the advice given regarding rats and what to do about them.
Should people be concerned about seeing rats in their home or yard? The answer was yes because rats carry germs, parasites and disease.
Should seeing a rat or rats be dealt with immediately? The answer was yes because where you see one, most likely, there are many more.
Will rats eat vegetables growing in my garden? Yes. Rats eat most anything available including overflowing garbage cans, acorns, berries, food wrappers thrown to the ground, even dog business.
Are rats dangerous to the home? Yes. Rats chew wires which can lead to electrical fires.
Things you can do include caulking holes used as entryways, using mesh wiring to cover openings, or stuffing small holes wit steel wool.
You may have heard the stories of the “super rats” in England that are resistant to rodenticides. They have been found in public places like hospitals, and pest control companies seem to be at a loss as to what to do about them.
Old Pesticides VS Modern Rats
The biggest issue here is that pesticide companies in England are continuing to use poisons that have been around since the 1950’s. The main reason for this is that these types of pesticides are inexpensive and readily available. However, the rats have virtually become immune to these older and potentially obsolete materials, so they are having little, if any, effect on the rat population.
No Such Thing as a Super Rat
There are pesticides available that are extremely effective at controlling rats. The newest rodenticides are not blood thinners, which the “super rats” are immune to, the newest formulas are made to interfere with brain and liver function. There is no immunity to these types of modern rat pesticides, and any rat that comes from England, or anywhere else for that matter, would be just as susceptible to these newest preparations as any other rat would be.
If you believe you have a rodent problem, or just want more information on rats, mice or the pesticides used to control them, please contact us at Allison Pest Control. Serving Monmouth and Ocean County for nearly 100 years.
Rats from Norway? Actually not. Amplified over the years resulting from a mistaken 18th century theory, this Central Asian rat goes by a slew of aliases, including common rat, brown rat, street rat, sewer rat, Hanover rat, and wharf rat.
How can you tell if these Norwegian nincompoops have hijacked your home?
Their mangy mugshot…
With a blunt nose, close-set bald ears, and a cylindrical brown body ending in a sparsely-furred flesh-tone tail, Norway rats are about 16 inches in height and range in weight from about ¾ to 1 lb – though portlier rodents can weigh-in at up to 2 lbs!
Their ludicrous lifestyle…
Norway rats are excellent swimmers, but poor climbers, unlike their cousin the black rat. They are nocturnal and opportunistic omnivores, munching on anything they can get their disgusting little paws on, from plants to animals. Living in burrows, sewers, and cellars, their social hierarchy is bent on maintaining population when family members are lost.
Their rapidly expanding family tree…
Because these rodents rapidly reproduce, fast, full eradication via effective rodent control is essential to elimination. A brown rat breeding bonanza can result in 12 litters of up to fourteen babies per year from a single rat! Multiply that times their 1-3 year lifespan and the number of rats in a colony, and that’s a lot of vermin!
It’s dusk and you see something small and dark scurrying across the floor of your garage, deck, backyard patio, or one of the rooms in your home. You don’t have an indoor or outdoor pet, it isn’t a flying squirrel, and you don’t have any critters that may have gotten loose from their pen like a guinea pig or rabbit. So, you’re asking yourself, “what is it.”
You might think it’s a baby possum or a raccoon but they’re are too big. Then it hits you, the animal is probably a rat or a mouse but you don’t know how to tell the difference, until now.
First, rats and mice are considered rodents.
Both have similar features making it difficult to determine one from the other.
There are many species for both rats and mice.
Size-wise, rats are medium in size and have tails that are thin and long.
Mice also have long, thin tails but they are much smaller.
A baby rat is larger than an adult mouse. Other distinguishing characteristics for a baby rat is it will have a wide muzzle, small ears, broad head,short, thick tail and big feet whereas an adult mouse has large ears, small feet, narrow muzzle and a triangular shaped head.
If you have scurrying critters around your yard or home and not sure if they’re rats or mice, contact Allison Pest Control and we’ll figure it out.