I get lots of calls from people who think they have a mouse problem in their home, when it turns out they actually have a rat infestation on their hands. In some cases, the opposite is true. What they believe to be rats turns out to be larger species of the common house mouse.
To the untrained eye, it can sometimes be difficult to tell the difference between these two destructive, disease-carrying pests. So I’ve compiled a list of key distinctions between the two as they relate to effective trapping. I’ve also included a few tips for using humane mouse traps and rat traps from Havahart® to eliminate your particular rodent problem.
- Size – Rats are generally larger than mice. A typical house mouse is 4-8” in length (including its tail) and usually doesn’t weigh more than an ounce. A rat can reach a length of 7-10” and weigh up