Mice are smaller than rats, typically about 4-6 inches long from nose to tail. They are light brown or gray in color and tend to store food in nests or burrows.
Rats are usually in the range of 13-19 inches long. They are brown or gray in color, with oversized teeth that grow continually and allow them to chew through a variety of materials.
Rodents can gnaw through almost any container, often ruining large quantities of food quickly and unexpectedly. The incessant chewing can also cause serious structural and electrical damage to your home. In addition, rodents can directly or indirectly transmit 35 diseases, including Hantavirus, salmonellosis and typhus.
"He keeps the mice out of our cheese shop."