Mice are mostly active during dusk and night. they live in a variety of hidden places need food sources. House mice primarliy feed on plant matter, but also eat meat and dairy products. They will drink water, but require little relying on moisture in food.
Tail is usually same length as their body. They vary in colour, from white to grey, and light brown to black.
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The roof rats are nocturnal and omnivorousis. They are poor swimmers, but more agile and better climber, tending even to flee upwards. Roof rats eat fruit, vegetables, nuts, pet food, and invertebrates such as spiders and worms.
Tail is long in relation to body. Colour is charcoal grey to black or light brown above, cream and white below. Big ears and pointed snout.
The Norway rat is usually active at night and is a good swimmer, both on the surface and underwater, but they are poor climbers. Norway rats dig well.
Tail is shorter than the length of its body. Variable colour ranging from grey to brown above and white or grey belly. Blunt snout, small close-set ears.
Rats and mice can pose as a major health risk. They can carry and transmit diseases and their fleas, lice and ticks can adversely affect pets and humans. Rat and mice excrement, urine and hair can contaminate food, equipment and food preperation areas. Rats and mice are considered a nuisance because of the damage they can do to buidlings as well as the foul odours they create with their colonies. Their continual gnawing through pipes, conduits and electrical wiring has been the cause of electrical fires.
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