Mice are noticeably smaller than rats, about 4 to 6 inches long from nose to tail. Depending on the species, they can be light brown or gray in color. In the Northeast, the house mouse, deer mouse and field mouse are the most commonly seen, with the house mouse living indoors year-round.
Rats range from 13 to 19 inches long and are typically brown or gray in color. Their oversized incisors never stop growing, making them exceptional gnawers.
Able to chew their way through almost any food container, it's no surprise that rodents are unwelcome houseguests. But it's not just holes in cereal boxes that you need to worry about—these pests are also known to directly or indirectly transmit 35 diseases, including Hantavirus, salmonellosis and typhus. Additionally, their constant gnawing can cause serious structural and electrical damage to your home or business.
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