The mouse is one of the most well-known animals in the world. However, when we look at the mouse as a pest, we have to be aware of some extra info. Let’s take a look at some of the most common questions that we receive about mice.
How are mice different from rats?
The two species are similar in a lot of ways, but one major difference between them is their size. Rats can reach lengths of up to 20 inches (tail included) depending on the species, while mice will rarely go over 8 inches (with the tail) in length. Because of this size difference, rat infestations tend to be more destructive. The two species are also different in the types of diseases and parasites that they carry, and there are of course some behavioral differences, such as nesting preferences and reproductive capacity.
Do I have a mouse or a rat infestation?
One of the main ways to tell the difference between a rat or a mouse infestation is to see one of the rodents out in the open. However, you have to be careful because baby rats are about the same size as mice, except the baby rat has a disproportionately large head in relation to its body. Besides seeing one of the rodents out and about, you can look for droppings. Rat droppings are large and they look like black pieces of rice, while mouse droppings are much smaller and they are of irregular shape.
Are mice dangerous?
Despite being tiny creatures, mice can be quite dangerous. Not only are they capable of spreading several dangerous diseases such as hantavirus, salmonella, and LCMV, they are also known to chew through electrical wiring, which creates fire hazards.
How do I get rid of a mouse infestation?
In order to get rid of a mouse infestation it’s best to work with a pro. A pro will use either poisons or traps, depending on the extent of the infestation – the larger the infestation, the less effective traps become. Pest control pros are also able to advise you on prevention methods, or implement them for you if you opt in for the service. The prevention methods can be effective against other rodent and pest infestations as well. Contact us today if you have any more questions about mice or if you have a mouse infestation in your home that must be removed.