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What’s worse – rats or mice?

February 13, 2019

Often, we get asked which rodent pest is a bigger problem – rats or mice?

The truth is, both can be dangerous, but which is worse depends on a variety of factors. Allow us to explain…

Mice breed faster than rats. That means one or two mice in your home could turn into a large infestation in a matter of weeks.

Like rats, mice can carry lots of dangerous diseases and bacteria that could cause harm. That being said, one or two mice on the premises is unlikely to pose a serious health problem. However, when you’ve got lots of mice scurrying around, the people living in your home may be at risk.

Mice also leave droppings more often than rats – sometimes up to 100 times daily! Worse, most of the dangerous diseases that mice carry get transported to humans and other species via their feces. That’s why you should never ever touch mice droppings with your bare hands!

Rats pose their own problems – and given their population explosion in Halifax, many people are rightly concerned.

For one, rats are a lot bigger than mice. That means they’re more likely to put up a fight if they feel threatened either by a human or a pet. For that reason, they could be considered more dangerous.

Generally speaking, they’re also able to cause more property damage to a home due to their powerful teeth.

And, like mice, they can carry harmful diseases.

So, which is more dangerous really depends on your situation.

If you’ve only got one or two mice scurrying around the house, that’s not as grave a threat as an invasive rat – but it should still be nipped in the bud before you have a full-blown infestation on your hands.

However, if your mice problem has gone unchecked or unnoticed, you could be dealing with two dozen individual pests – or more! In that case, you could be exposed to serious health risks. Arguably, that might be worse than one rat causing you trouble.

No matter which rodent is causing you trouble, you’ve got a problem on your hands and you would be wise to get in touch with a licensed pest control technician.

If rats or mice are causing you problems, give us a call at (902) 817 9200. We’re happy to help.