You'll get a different answer to this question depending on who you ask. The reason for this is that sometimes one is worse than the other because of certain factors that are unique to a property, and these factors are independent of the rodents themselves. But, if we were to choose which is worse, without seeing a property, we would say that mice are generally worse. Why? It is because their food requirements are lower. Mice can live in your home on nearly nothing. They're small rodents. Rats are big rodents. They're not going to be content if food sources aren't hearty enough for them.

There are other issues with having big rodents on your property or inside a structure on your property. But, overall, these aren't enough to make up for the fact that small rodents will have a much easier time surviving and multiplying. Let's take a look at some important differences between rats and mice, how these domestic rodents can present a threat to health and property, and when it's time to contact pest control in Garden City for a rodent problem.

How To Tell The Difference Between Mice & Rats

Identification is always the first step in pest management. It helps to determine what control methods and products are needed. In the case of our subject today, identification is important because it will let you know what you can expect from the rodent pests that have invaded your property.

Mice

If you see a mouse, you're lucky. While these animals are incredibly curious, they don't like to be seen. They're going to hide as soon as they hear you coming, and they're going to easily hear you coming. Mice have incredible hearing. But, let's say you see a mouse. How can you tell it is a mouse? Mice have thin tails, pointy snouts, and ears that are larger than the ears of a rat.

Rats

If you see an adult rat, you're likely to know it's a rat. These animals are well known and easily recognizable. The difficulty of identification occurs when you see baby rats. These little rodents can look a little bit like a mouse. Look for the fat tail. Look to see if the snout is rounded. And, of course, look to see if it has small ears.

Rats Are More Aggressive But Mice Are Numerous

These are the two primary differences to consider with rats and mice. While rats rarely attack humans, they can get defensive, give chase, and attack. Mice hardly ever attack people. The problem with mice is that these little rodents do extraordinarily well inside structures and can grow populations that are very large. But it is important to understand that both of these domestic rodents are strongly dependent on humans.

You can have a lot of rats living in your yard, under your home, in nearby abandoned structures, a culvert, or some other location that is close to your home, and have them constantly getting inside your home without living inside. In ideal circumstances (ideal for rats that is), rats can be just as much of a problem in structures as mice.

Mice & Rats Are Both Capable Of Spreading Dangerous Diseases

All rodents that invade structures are a threat, whether they're big and aggressive or tiny and numerous. Mice and rats get into garbage receptacles, sewers, dumpsters, and other dirty places. They often feed on organic matter that has begun to rot. And, as gross as it might be, urban rodents sometimes take to feeding on pet waste. Sorry. It is important that you know this.

It doesn't matter if you have mice or rats, all rodents pick up harmful organisms and spread them around. Most are microorganisms you can't see, such as salmonella and E. coli. Some are organisms that are large enough to see, such as ticks and fleas. Keep in mind that even tiny rodents can bring a bunch of ticks and fleas into your home. One mouse can have as many as a hundred seed ticks on its little body.

The Safest Way To Get Rid Of Mice Or Rats In Your Garden City Home

Whether you're dealing with large rodents or tiny rodents, the best solution for rodent control in Garden City is to contact Affinity Pest Control. At Affinity Pest Control, industry-leading rodent control is built right into our Affinity Plus, year-round pest control.

This program gives you coverage for over 20 common pests, including mice and rats. We'd love the opportunity to guide you in determining if this package is right for your family. Reach out to us today and speak with one of our agents, or drop us a line on our contact page. We're here to help you with all your pest concerns.