Mice and rats are the two most common pests in our household. The rats are normally associated with poverty but in reality they can thrive in a diverse type of environment. They can propagate in outhouse as well as the penthouse. There are some experts who believe that the rats have evolved into mice in order to suit the situation wherein the size and ferocity is not required. The small size of the mouse allowed them to fit into tiny holes and spaces that enable them to hide from their predators.
The Difference between Lakeland Rats and Mice
The reality is- scientist believes that rat and mouse came from the same ancestor. Millions of years ago, their ancestor evolved into different types of species where the mouse and the rat belong. This is the reason behind their striking resemblance. Nonetheless, there are also great differences between the two. The average person may look at them similarly but upon looking closer, you will notice that they have undeniable differences.
Shape of the Body
In case you observe the body shape of the rat and the mouse, you will see that they have unique qualities. For instance, the average type of Norway rat has a thick and heavy body. They can weigh at least 300 grams. On the other hand, the house mouse is a lot smaller even when compared to the baby rat. Their feet and head are smaller in relation to their body. The roof rat also has discernible difference even to a Norway rat. The body of this create is much slender and a little bit lighter. It can weigh at the minimum of 200grams.
Shape of the Snout
The snout is the projection of the mouth and the nose of the animal. It is a feature that is inherent among mammal species. Rodents such as the house mouse and the rat also have this unique feature. The Lakeland house mouse will have that pointed snout which is similar with the roof rat. On the other hand, the Norway rat will have the blunt characteristic.
Ear, Hair and Tails
The Norway rat will have shorter ear when compared to their body. They also have dark hair up to their tails. However, the hair beneath their tail will be pale. The Lakelad roof rat will have a larger ear and it will not have any hair. The entire color of their tail appears to be dyed in black. The house mouse has a large ear relative to their body size. Their ears can have few hairs. The tone of their tails will be similar to roof rat which is dark in color.
Successful pest control will rely upon your capacity to determine the type of species that have invaded your house. Simply knowing that it belongs to the rodent family will never be enough. For instance, setting up small traps will not be effective against the rats. Baiting procedure will also depend upon the nuisance creature in your attic.
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