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Rat Poop

Rat Droppings

One of the most common types of rodents that invade homes and businesses are mice but rats are not far behind. Because they’re nocturnal, you may never see these pests, but there is a good chance that you will find the rat poop around. Unfortunately, finding rat poop may indicate a much larger problem.

What’s the Difference Between Rat Poop vs. Mouse Poop?

Being able to spot the differences in rat poop vs. mouse poop can help you determine what kind of pest you have. Rat poop is usually brown or black. Each piece is about the size of a raisin with blunt tips. Mouse poop, on the other hand, are much smaller, like a grain of rice. Although they are similar in color, these pellets have pointed ends.

The Dangers of Rodent Poop

Humans can come into contact with rat poop by accidentally consuming contaminated food or breathing in dust particles from dried waste. Exposure can lead to many harmful diseases, including:

  • Hantavirus
  • Rat-bite fever
  • Salmonellosis
  • Leptospirosis

How to Prevent a Rat Infestation

This pest can fit through openings as small as a quarter. Sealing cracks and holes in walls and foundations helps to keep them from coming indoors. If you do find rat poop, take precautions before attempting to clean up. For more help, contact the experts at Western Pest Services.

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