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Rat vs Mouse (How to Identify & Remove)



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hey my name is Eric Orlin in this video

we're gonna be talking about the

difference between a rat versus a mouse

if you're searching this term online you

might have an infestation right now so

we're gonna do in this video is we're

gonna help you determine what the

difference is between these two so you

can identify what it is that you're

dealing with and also different methods

and ways that you can deal with the

issue of the infestation in your house

and sorry you're dealing with this

because it's pretty gross but we will

get through it so first thing you need

to know that both mice and rats are

sociable creatures but rats prefer to

stick with family and hide so mice are

much more curious will stray from the

family to explore so what this means is

that you will find mouse droppings all

over the place and that rats will be in

a designated area so maybe the rat

bathroom right so if you're finding the

droppings are all over the place it's

most likely mice if the droppings are

very concentrated it's more likely a rat

however wild mice and rats are different

stories for two reasons

so disease and damage despite the fact

that much of children's literature has a

rat as a mouse hero while the rats and

wild mice can carry bacteria and disease

that might be problematic and harmful to

your family their urine and feces can be

toxic and have been known to cause

asthma so as far as the teeth that will

give you indicators in the difference

between if you might have a mouse or a

trap both like to know their front

incisors and have the same number of

teeth but rats leave a distinguishable

larger bite mark and a mouse might leave

a more perfect kind of circle about the

size of a dime so if you're looking at

bite marks that you might have in your

house because they will chew anything

you're looking at about a dime-size bite

mark that's very circular and round with

a mouse and with a rat you're looking at

something much larger larger excuse me

but both will gnaw on just about

anything from wires to furniture to wood

and even a dog ball as far as

intelligence and physical capabilities

rodents are highly intelligent creatures

in fact in the Harvard Business Review

they stated that wrath or even more

intelligent than humans which I don't

know I haven't seen a rat be able to do

a youtube video yet so you know

I'd probably question that one but it

says it's because their brains are in

similar function in structure to the

human brain and despite not being as

complex they take what information is

useful and leave out the extra fluff so

this might be relevant to you because

this might make rats a little tougher to

catch your trap if they figure out what

you're doing they can supposedly smell a

predator or trap a mile away mice on the

other hand are very curious they will

more usually fall for a trap but unlike

rats they can jump a lot further and are

much spry err so rats are smarter but

mice are more agile so if you're setting

up a trap or at least something to take

care of the pests it's likely that mice

might be able to get out of it easier

because you're agile but rath might be a

little bit tougher to trick to bring

into the actual trap itself so let's

talk about communication rats and mice

can communicate not only with squeaks

and such but they actually can make a

high-frequency sound that cannot be

heard by human ears they'll even tap

their tails to send messages as far as

the main difference between the two

rodents it comes down to size mice have

a small grain shape dropping about 1/4

inch and they'll spread out possibly 75

or 80 a day so rats have a larger banana

shape dropping at around 1/2 inch to 3/4

inch and they drop around 40 to 50 a day

but always in the same area so if you

find a an area that's very concentrated

and it's got a little bit of a banana

shape to and it's half inch to 3/4 inch

probably don't want to get the tape

measure out and start you know measuring

it you most likely have a rat

infestation if it looks like more like

it's rice size and it's scattered you

more likely have a mouse infestation as

far as how the animals can get into your

house these rodents well mice can

squeeze through a hole the size of a

dime and they love to go all over the

place for food sources rats on the other

hand are a little bigger and have a set

area where they will stay they can fit

through a hole the size of a plum or

slightly smaller mice are usually more

varied in color but are more commonly

around brownish tones they like to live

in dark places like rats and like to

burrow and nest wild rats are Oh

around Brown to darker brown to black in

the u.s. the most common are the roof

and Norway rats roof live in higher

places like trees and attics and Norway

rats like to burrow similar to mice so

if you have it you know in attic versus

possibly an infestation on the outside

of your home where they've burrowed that

might give you an idea of what kind of

species that you're dealing with mice

have hairy tails about the same length

the size of their bodies with smaller

feet in large ears you know we familiar

with the large ears that are always

charactered for mice but rats have

hairless tails about the same length as

their bodies and large feet in small

ears so mice will produce about 4 to 16

pups per litter and that's about 7 to 8

litters per year which means that one

female Mouse can produce anywhere from

28 to a hundred 28 babies in here so you

can see how an infestation can get crazy

pretty quick eat your little mouse

consume around three grams of food today

and need little water with rats they can

produce about five to ten pups per

litter and that's around three to six

and litters a year which means one

female can produce from around 15 to 60

pups per year unlike mice the rat needs

to eat around 15 to 30 grams per day and

they drink much more water at around 15

or 16 milliliters a day they will travel

a mile away just for a glass of water

both species have a very acute sense of

smell they the rats and mice are

repelled by the scent of highly

concentrated peppermint lavender and

even the smell of bleach this might not

get rid of your mouse or rat problem but

it will deter them so having those

things around your home could

potentially deter but if you have an

infestation it's not going to solve it I

have seen people asked if baking soda

can kill rats it is deadly to rodents if

you mix it with some water and something

tantalizing to eat mice will be lured to

this poison more easily than a rat

because again rats are a little bit

smarter than mice we're gonna get

talking and a little bit though about

police and more humane methods to get

rid of a mouse or rat in your

are they nocturnal yes but rats and mice

prefer the dark but that doesn't mean

they won't come out in the light of day

domesticated rats and mice often play in

the daytime and so while critters aren't

that much different but they are fearful

of predators and we are certainly

considered predators to a rat or a mouse

so when you're afraid of that rat or

mouse that you see just know they're

probably dropping droppings themselves

at that moment as well overall rats and

mice are more similar than different

they're both in the rodent family love

to not eat drink and be merry at the

price of your home and possibly your

family's health but be sure to keep

water sources pet food and your own food

closed up tightly and your home's warmth

and food will definitely attract them I

mentioned earlier as far as some methods

for getting rid of the rodents

themselves one of the things you I've

read online that you can do with mice is

you can actually create kind of a stared

system into a bucket a sizeable bucket

maybe even a trashcan I'll put a little

peanut butter on a cracker in the base

of that bucket so if you have a

five-gallon bucket what that allows the

mouse to do is they'll climb up the

steps and go into the bucket eat the

peanut butter but then they're stuck

they can jump a decent amount but

they're not typically gonna be able to

jump out of a five gallon bucket so once

you catch the mouse that way you can

release them into a field or something

of that nature

one of the other things that I found

they sell this online this is a mouse

trap here by a company called offends oh

I'll open it up so you can kind of get

an idea of it I'll try and get this up

on screen pretty close but basically it

looks like a little mail box there are

air vents for the mouse you can put the

food on here and it just closes the door

on the mouse once they go in so in the

morning you don't have to touch the

mouse or anything like that it's not

inside of a trap dead the mouse can come

in here and then you can just release

them far away from your home I'll

include a link to this product in the

description of this video but if you

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luck with that infestation I hope you

get taken care of quickly all right take

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