How Can I Tell If It's Rats Or Mice In My Omaha House?


There are many local pests that might like to live inside your home. Two common invaders that you have certainly heard of are mice and rats. Both of these common types of rodents are uniquely equipped to invade and cause trouble inside human dwellings. The question is, what sets apart mice and rats, and how do you keep these pests out of your Omaha home? Below you'll find the answers to these questions. Call Quality Pest Control if you would rather have solutions than answers. We offer fast pest control in Omaha to efficiently deal with rodent infestations inside and around your home.

What's The Difference Between Rats And Mice?

All rodents are the same, right? This is only partly true. There are certain traits that all rodents share that make them rodents. The one thing you should know about is their teeth. All rodents have a pair of sharp, chisel-like lower and upper incisors that never stop growing. As for what separates mice and rats, there are many things that set these pests apart. Mice are smaller and have rounder bodies and pointier features. Rats are usually twice the size of mice and have plump rumps, blunt features, and scaly tails. A rat's teeth are also much stronger and able to gnaw through materials, including soft concrete and aluminum siding. Other things that these pests have in common are their desire to invade your home and their potential to spread pathogens. Take steps today to prevent this from occurring.

Which Is More Dangerous, Rats Or Mice?

Scientists have long debated whether mice or rats are more dangerous. What they found is that whichever pest is more common in an area is considered to be more dangerous. Often, mice are more common as their smaller bodies allow for easier invasion. As for how these pests are dangerous, both mice and rats spread harmful diseases through direct contact as well as indirect contamination from their fecal droppings and urine. People can contract illnesses from consuming affected foods or beverages or by interacting with dirty surfaces, fecal matter, or urine. Our goal at Quality Pest Control is to help you get rid of rodents so that you can avoid getting sick.

How Do Mice And Rats Find Their Way Into Homes?

Rats and mice are some of the trickiest pests in Omaha. Because of their agility and durable teeth, getting into homes is not always a challenge for these animals. Here are just a few ways these different kinds of rodents might break into your living areas.

  • By squeezing through a gap, crack, or hole in your home's foundation.
  • By climbing in through an open first-story window.
  • By scaling your home and crawling down its chimney.
  • By nibbling through shingles, insulation, and drywall.
  • By crawling through an unprotected vent or pipe.
  • By hiding in a box of Christmas ornaments or a bundle of firewood and waiting for you to carry them inside.

To prevent or address mouse and rat infestations get our team at Quality Pest Control involved. 

What's The Best Way To Get Rid Of Mice And Rats?

At Quality Pest Control, we don't want you to live with wild rodents. This is why we provide simple strategies to remove and deter these local pests. It all starts with a thorough consultation. Let our team pay you a visit to assess the condition of your home, identify active infestations indoors, and put in place treatments to remove and prevent rodents.

Get in touch with Quality Pest Control to learn more about our advanced rodent control strategies and find a simple way to remove rats or mice from your Omaha home.

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