Here at your favorite do-it-yourself pest control store you ll find a wide selection of professional do it yourself rodent control products for rat control and mouse control. We carry rodent extermination products such as rodent traps, rodent repellents, rodent live catch traps, and rodent control glueboards. When using our rodent control products you should always keep in mind where you place rodent poison and rodent traps and be sure to keep them out of the reach of children and pets.
Rodent Control Overview Video
Rodent Control – How to Kill & Get Rid of Rats & Mice
For effective rodent control it is important to determine if you have a mouse or rat infestation. This is helpful because some rat control and mouse control products, such as rodent bait stations and rodent traps come in two different sizes: larger ones for rats and smaller ones for mouse control. Other products such as rodent poison will work for both rats and mice.
Rat vs Mouse Video
Watch this video to learn more about the differences between a rat and a mouse.
Learn how to tell the difference between rats and mice. Hey I m Chris the bug guy from DoMyOwnPestControl.com and today I am going to show you how to determine the difference between a rat and mouse. The three best ways to separate the two critters are Droppings, Appearance, and Tendencies. Mice have droppings the size of a grain of rice, and a mouse can produce about 80 or more droppings a day. They don t discriminate where they use the bathroom, so droppings can be found everywhere and spread out. Mice infestations usually carry a musk or odor. They love to gnaw, so look for damaged goods, wood, or wires. They are tiny ranging for an inch to 5 inches or so with a tail the exact same length as its body. This is about the length of the palm of your hand. They are a light brown and a gray mixed color. Rats Droppings are about the size of olive pits which is very noticeable. Rats are very discrete and like to use the bathroom on one area, as to help them hide their presence. They love to gnaw and constantly do so, loud enough that you will hear them occasionally. Rats like to dwell in two places one species prefers high dwellings, trees, and attics, and the other borrows, and inhabits the ground levels of your home. Rats are very large in comparison to the mouse. They are about 5-7 or more inches in length or more and the tail is about the same length as the body or shorter than its body. That is about the base of your hand to the tips of your fingers or longer. The Rats are usually dark brown to a black color. Did you know? That a rat can fit in any hole the size of a quarter or larger! Did you know? That a mouse can fit in any hole larger than the button on your shirt! Did you know? That both of these species love to invade homes in the fall months! Did you know? Mice are the most difficult rodent pest worldwide, capable of producing 12 or more young a litter, and over 1,000 in a year!
Size: Very small, usually only 3 inches long and weigh 1-2 ounces.
Color: Usually gray in color. Some may appear darker.
Mice generally eat seeds, cereals, grains and sweets. However, this food is gone during the fall and winter, rodents come inside your home to feed, where they ll eat almost anything. They nest in undisturbed debris or wall voids. The house mouse generally stays close to it s nest (within 10-30 feet), travels along walls, and doesn t like open spaces.
Size: May grow 13-18 inches in length and weigh 10-16 ounces.
Color: Can vary from gray, to reddish-brown to black.
Be careful not to mistake a young rat for a mouse. Norway rats typically nest in burrows. With their powerful front teeth they can gnaw through wood, electrical cables, pipes and other objects. They have a short tail, small ears, and a much fatter and rounder body. These rats are more prevalent in rural and urban areas. They are found in homes less often because of their larger size.
Size: Larger rodents that grow 10-12 inches, and can weigh 6-9 ounces.
Color: Can vary from gray to brown to black.
Roof rats will generally enter your home or business through trees or power lines. They nest in attics, wall voids or trees. Roof Rats prefer fruit but will eat almost anything. These rats may travel up to 50 feet from their nest to find food and water. Roof Rats predominantly live along the west coast and southeastern United States. Distinguished by its large and hairless ears, slender body, and a tail that is longer than the head and body combined.
Identify Rodents by their droppings
The next best way to identify mice from rats is by examining rodent droppings (feces). Mouse droppings tend to be 1/4 inches in length, while rat droppings can be three times as large.