Marion County, Ocala Rat Control Situation:
Hi, I have a question regarding rodent poo. Here's the story... We have a vacation rental house in Ocala Florida. There can be people staying for weeks or empty for weeks. We are staying at the house now. The other evening, we came in. I turned the bedroom light on and noticed a very black dropping on the night stand. Only a single dropping. It was bigger than a mouse dropping and more round than oval. It did have the one end that looked pinched. I got a piece of tissue to clean it up and it was very soft and somewhat powdery. I also had my phone charger plugged in the wall. I can't remember if the other end was on the nightstand or the floor, but the cord was stretched out...still plugged in the wall, but going under the bed. I haven't looked under the bed, but I guess I should. Since this did not look like any mouse dropping I have seen and only a single dropping, I tried to tell myself it was from a gecko. However, I started searching the web and I keep seeing where gecko poo has a white tip like bird droppings. What I found did not have white, so maybe not a gecko. Do you think it sounds like a rat? Again, I have only found the one single dropping. Thanks for any info!
Ocala Rat Control Tip of The Week
Can Rats Kill Mice?
Before providing an answer to this question, first of all, you need to be able to differentiate between a rat and mouse. As you must already know, they are both rodents and are quite identical. Without precisely knowing the differences between these two rodents, it will be quite difficult to know how they relate with each other and if rats do kill mice or it's just another myth.
To help you understand this in the best possible way, we will be taking a look at some of the qualities possessed by both rodents. After which we will address the main topic which is whether rats are capable of killing mice or not.
Rats are medium sized rodents with sizes bigger than that of mice. They have long tails and are very active compared to mice. The most common household rat is the black rat and this particular specie of rat is bigger than mice and also very active.
On the other hand, mice are smaller rodents with a pointed snout and small round eyes. These rodents have uniform traits; hence they often tend to look very identical. They are very docile when compared to their rat counterparts.
Having shared all these, by now you should categorically be able to differentiate between rats and mice. Coming back to the question above, the fact is rats are capable of killing mice. This habit is only exhibited when rats are faced with starvation and the only option left is to kill and feed on them.
Also, a change in environmental conditions can trigger their hunting senses and make them kill mice. Apart from any of these conditions, rats killing mice doesn't usually occur. You might have rats and mice in your home at the same time causing a nuisance.