Rat Droppings

Rat Droppings

One of the most common types of rodents that invade homes and businesses are rats. Because they’re nocturnal, you may never see these pests, but there is a good chance that you will find their droppings. Unfortunately, finding their waste 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 feces is usually brown or black. Each piece is about the size of a raisin with blunt tips. Mouse droppings, 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 Droppings

Humans can come into contact with rat droppings 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 droppings, take precautions before attempting to clean up. For more help, contact the experts at Western Pest Services.