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Difference Between Mice and Rats and Other FAQ’s

Difference between mice and rats?

Rats and mice look similar; however, there are a number of differences.  Rats have much larger and heavier bodies than mice.  Mice have hairy tails that are slender, while rats have thicker hairless tails.

Mice have floppy ears that look large compared to their body size.  Mice also have snouts that are shaped rather than blunt like rats.

What poison kills rats instantly?

There are a number of different rat poisons available on the market today.  The main difference between rat poisons is single feed vs multi-feed poison.  So what poison kills rats instantly?  Fast-acting rat poisons include: difenacoum, brodifacoum, and bromadiolone.

For most homeowners, rat poison should be a last resort and is safest when placed in the hands of a trained pest professional.

Rats getting into car?

Rats getting into your car can be a big deal.  And very expensive.  Rats look for sheltered places to build their nests and car engines are an option for them.  Once inside your car, rats can chew through electrical wiring potentially causing a fire hazard and/or disabling your car.

To discourage rats from getting inside your car, wire mesh can be used as a barrier.

What scent will keep rats away?

Keeping rats out of a home or business seeking water, food, or shelter is extremely difficult.  There is not a lot of data to support the use of scents and essential oils to deter rats from entering a structure.  If this is the route you choose to go, exclusion and structural repairs are essential first.

After that, there are a number of scents that may help deter rats including: eucalyptus, peppermint oil, garlic, and citronella.

What are wood rats?

Wood rats are also called pack rats.  So what are wood rats?  Most wood rats are similar in size to mice.  Wood rats are known to feed on vegetation and some will also feed on materials inside of a building or home.

To get rid of wood rats inside a home or business, exclusion is the first step.  After that rat snap traps can be used to get rid of any remaining wood rats.

How big do rats get?

Rats are usually much bigger than mice.  So how big do rats get?  Larger rats can usually weigh more than a pound and their bodies are longer than about 5-6 inches.  Norway rats can grow much larger than wood rats.

Distinguishing the difference between Norway rats and Roof rats can be done by examining the length of their tails.  Roof rats have tails that are often longer than their bodies.

Do rats bite?

Rats prefer to avoid humans; therefore, rat bites are extremely rare. But rats will bite, especially when cornered or threatened.  A rate bite will often appear as a single puncture wound.  Rat bites can be serious as rat bite fever can occur.

To avoid rat bites, simply avoid rats.  Rats are not aggressive towards humans and will avoid you if at all possible.

Do rats eat mice?

Rats are omnivores, meaning they will eat both plants and meat.  Rats do eat mice particularly when necessary to compete with mice for food.  Rats eating mice is a process called muricide.

When baiting rat traps, remember that as omnivores, rats may be attracted to food sources that are meat-based.  It may take a number of switches to find the rat bait most attractive to rats inside your home.

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Barry Pitts, Synergy² Owner

Barry Pitts, Synergy² Owner

Pharmacist and Synergy² Pest owner, Barry Pitts, is a long-time Madison, MS resident with a passion for applying advanced scientific pest principles to pest control services in the Jackson metro area.  Combining exceptional customer service with cutting-edge pest control technology allows Synergy² to provide residents of the Jackson metro area with the highest levels of pest control available today.

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