If you are hearing scratching sounds at night, you may have mice or rats inside your home. It is important that you determine what kind you have so you can take the proper steps to get them out. Keep reading about some differences between mice and rats, as well as tips on getting them out of your home.
Rats vs. Mice
The first thing to look at is appearance. Mice are much smaller than rats and have fine fur that is brown, grey, or black. Rats are much larger, and their hair is coarse and grey, black, or brown. The exact size does depend on the type of rats or mice you have in your home. A rat's tail is generally longer than a mouse's tail.
Another thing to look at is the feces rats and mice will leave behind in different areas of your home. You may find feces on the floor, inside drawers, inside cabinets, and more. Rat droppings are larger than mouse droppings and it is not hard to tell the difference. If you see a lot of droppings inside your home, you may have an infestation problem. Where you see the droppings also tells you where the mice or rats spend much of their time.
Both rats and mice will chew through things to get to food or make gnawed holes in walls, flooring, etc. Mice make much smaller chew and claw marks when compared to rats. This is because rats have larger teeth and claws.
Tips to Remove the Rodents
If you determine that you have a mouse or rat problem, there are many things you can do to get them out of your home. First, there are traps that you can purchase. If you have rats, make sure you purchase traps specifically made for rats. Mousetraps will not be large or strong enough to kill them. If you do not want to kill the rodents, there are baits that you can purchase that will trap the rats or mice. You can then take them to another area and set them free.
If you have an infestation inside your home contact a pest control company. They will know where to look for the rats or mice and set up their own traps in different areas of your home. They may choose to put poison in your crawlspace if you do not mind killing the rodents. This poison tastes good to them so they will eat it and die before they enter your home.
The pest control company can give you much more information on how to deal with pest control and rodent management.