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Behavioral Differences Between Rodents

Jul 3, 2019 | EcoArmor

Rats and mice might seem very alike, but they actually have very different personalities and behaviors. Knowing these differences can help you in your trapping and exclusion efforts.


Eating Behaviors

Rats and mice will both eat whatever is available in their environment, but when given options, they have different preferences. Mice prefer to eat grains and seeds. They will also eat meats, nuts, and sweet foods. Mice are small enough that they can get the majority of their water from their food. Mice are voracious eaters for their size and tend to eat many small meals. They will return to their food source many, many times over the course of the night. 

Application: If you are trying to trap mice do not use cheese, as the strong smell may repel them. Instead nut butters, bread, fruit, and chocolate are excellent choices.




Rats are typically less picky than mice when it comes to food. They are known to eat almost anything, including meat, sewage, and even trash. Since rats are larger, they need a water source and may enter homes in search of it. Unlike mice, rats tend to eat the majority of their food in one sitting, rather than returning frequently. 

Application: Fix leaky pipes and faucets around your home to get rid of excess water.


Preference in Habitat

Mice regularly live and breed in homes. The most common places to find mice indoors are: under appliances, inside storage areas, in closets, in wall voids, and in attics and basements. 

Rats may inhabit homes, but they are much more likely to live and breed outdoors and enter homes in search of food and water. Norway rats like to live at ground level or in burrows. Roof rats are excellent climbers, so they are often found in trees or on roofs. 

Application: Seal the exterior of your home, including the roof and eaves, to prevent entry by rodents.


Personality Differences

Mice are very curious creatures that like to explore their environment. Mice are easier to trap than rats because they will approach new traps. Set several mouse traps in areas where you have seen signs of rodents. Place them every few feet.

Rats are very cautious and wary when it comes to new things. They are unlikely to approach traps. If you need to get rid of  rats, try placing unset traps in areas where rats are present. Leave them unset for a few days before setting them. This will give the rats time to get used to them.

Application: After determining what kind of rodent is in your house, use the appropriate rodent trapping techniques, as mentioned above. 


Texas Rodent Control

If you are in need of rodent control in Anna, Texas, contact EcoArmor Pest Defense. We can inspect your home, identify the problem pest, and create a customized plan to get rid of them. Don’t struggle with rodents any more, call EcoArmor Pest Defense today!

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