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  • The Black Rat and the Brown Rat can weigh up to a pound or 500 g in the wild.
  • The domesticated pet rats are more docile than their wild ancestors and more disease prone.
  • Wild rats living in good environments are typically healthy and robust animals. Wild rats living in cities may suffer from poor diets and internal parasites and mites, but do not generally spread disease to humans.
  • The average life of rat is 3 years with range of two to five years.
  • Domestic rats differ from wild rats in many ways. They are calmer and less likely to bite; they can tolerate greater crowding; they breed earlier and produce more offspring; and their brains, livers, kidneys, adrenal glands, and hearts are smaller.
  • Rats are a common food item for snakes, both in the wild, and as pets. Captive-bred ball pythons in particular, are fed a diet of mostly rats. Rats, as food items, are available from many suppliers who supply to individual snake owners as well as to large reptile zoos.

Tell Tale Signs

  • Droppings – almost black and largest among them being the size of grain of rice – are mice excrements. Rat excrements would be averagin at 8 times the size of a grain of rice.
  • Damage – usually the signs of mice chewing and gnawing for sake of gnawing or ingesting food. The chewing and gnawing would create shreds of bags, paper and food items.
  • Nesting signs – You may notice unusual movement and gathering of insulation or other materials.
  • Seeing a dead or a live mouse or a rat.
  • Holes and Openings – these are gaps along the baseboards that have been widened by snawing or rarely a hole is chewed open for access and passage.
  • Smell – A further characteristics is the smell. For an established and old infestation there will become a distinct odor in nesting sites and escape routes.

Mice vs. Rat

  • Usually Mice would forgo what outside world has to offer once they are inside a residential structure. They will survive only on what’s available inside. They would behave in somewhat parasitical fashion.
  • Rats on the other hand can not let their wild nature to go away. They would remain interested in accessing the outside resources and still utilize residential structure as a shelter.
  • Presence of Mice is harder to detect compared with Rats.
  • Rats would cause serious damage to anything they put their teeth to.
  • Damage caused by Mice can be subtle but the droppings would give them away in any case.
  • These pests are most active at night. Mice are more domestic in their nature whereas Rats have tendencies for the wilderness. While Mice try to be very inconspicuous, a Rats’ presence is hard to miss. Also, Rats are about 6 times more massive than the Mice.

A Rat.

Mice like to Nest in the insulation behind our drywalls.

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Rodenticides are deployed in Tamper Resistant Lockable Bait Stations.

Mice and Rats feed on the Bait.