Types of Rodents

Is It a Mouse or Some Other Type of Rodent?

When you hear scurrying and scratching sounds in your walls or see small, furry creatures darting out of sight, it’s natural to assume you’ve got mice. However, several types of rodents could be responsible, and identifying which one can help you effectively manage the problem. Let’s explore how to differentiate between a mouse and other common rodents like rats, voles, and squirrels.

  1. Mouse Characteristics

Mice are small, typically light grey or brown, with large ears and long, thin tails with little hair. They measure about 2.5 to 4 inches in body length. Mice are known for their ability to enter homes through openings as small as a dime. They leave behind small, rod-shaped droppings and are most attracted to cereal grains and sweets.

  1. Recognizing Rats

Rats are larger than mice, with a body length of about 6 to 10 inches, depending on the species. Their tails are thicker and shorter than their bodies compared to mice, and their snouts are more blunt. Rats can be black or brown, leaving greasy marks along walls and floorboards as they travel. Rat droppings are larger and more banana-shaped.  

  1. Identifying Voles

Voles, often confused with mice, are small rodents but have a stouter body, shorter hairy tail, a rounded head, and smaller ears and eyes. They are usually brown or grey and prefer outdoor environments. Vole activity is often identified not by the animal itself but by the pathways they create in the grass and the damage they do to the roots and bases of plants.

  1. Spotting Squirrels

Squirrels are much larger than mice and easily identifiable by their bushy tails. They range from grey to red depending on the species and have a more robust body structure. Squirrels live in trees but may enter attics or roofs to nest. They are active during the day, unlike mice. Signs of squirrels include louder scratching noises during the day and possibly visible damage to roof lines where they enter.

  1. Comparing Droppings

One of the clearest ways to determine what type of rodent you’re dealing with is by inspecting the droppings. Mouse droppings are about 1/4 inch long, spindle-shaped, and pointed at the ends. Rat droppings are up to 3/4 inch and more rectangular with blunt ends. Vole droppings are similar to mouse droppings but are less common indoors. Squirrel droppings are larger and more oblong and cylindrical.

Professional Identification

If you’re still unsure which type of rodent is in your home, contact Mice Mob Exterminators. A thorough examination of your home and yard will give them the answers they need to determine the rodent you have infesting your home and find a way to eliminate the problem.

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