Mice, rats, and rodent problems can occur throughout the year, not just in the winter time when they are looking for a warm home to hide in until spring. Because these little animals breed so fast, if you have seen one, there’s definitely more where it came from. Calling a pest control company as soon as possible can ensure that the problem is taken care of for good.

If you are struggling with rodents in your home, know that they aren’t simply annoying, but can harbor disease, bring parasites like fleas into the home, and contaminate much more than the food they eat.

Rats vs. Mice

Besides their physical characteristics, mice and rats also have different habits and behaviors.


  • They need little water each day, and will search for it if it’s not in the food they eat.
  • They can live between 12 and 18 months.
  • They can enter your home through a hole that is about ½ inch in diameter.
  • They are nocturnal with poor eyesight, but have a great sense of smell, taste, and hearing.
  • They will dig beneath buildings, along fences, and under plants.


  • They usually live between nine and 12 months.
  • In just one year, they can breed up to 10 litters of five to six baby mice.
  • Mice can jump up to 13 inches high, swim, climb, and they are fast runners.
  • Signs of mice include droppings, chew marks, and tracks.
  • Mice can enter buildings through holes that are around ¼ inch in diameter.

Because both rats and mice can squeeze through small holes and mice are able to climb, they can easily hide and live in small spaces throughout the home.

At the first sign of a rodent problem, it’s important to get in touch with a qualified pest control company right away. These critters can cause serious damage to your home, let alone carry disease that could lead to sickness. At Pickett Pest Control, we pride ourselves on eliminating rodent problems using the best methods and techniques that are also safe for the environment and your family.

Give us a call today to schedule an inspection. Pickett Pest Control serves the following areas in Utah:

We can also help you with termites and wood damaging pests, bed bugs, and seasonal pest control.