Mouse Droppings

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What Does Mouse Feces Look Like?

  • Size: Mouse droppings are small pellets about a quarter of an inch long with pointed ends. They are often deposited along areas of frequent activity, with the potential for thousands of droppings to accumulate over a short period of time, especially in the case of large infestations.
  • Color: The pellets are generally dark brown or black, though the color may vary depending on individual mouse diets. Most droppings from house mice, deer mice, and white-footed mice share characteristics and become hard and dry after a few hours.

The amount and frequency of new pellets can often be used to determine the size of mouse infestations.

Can Mouse Droppings Transmit Disease?

Common Diseases
Several dangerous diseases can be transmitted through mouse droppings. Breathing in droppings dust or coming in direct contact with mouse feces can lead to the contraction of lymphocytic choriomeningitis or the fatal Hantavirus disease. Eating food contaminated with mouse droppings can lead to salmonella.

Dangers
Due to the fact that a single mouse can produce up to 100 pellets in a 24 hour period, precautions must be taken at the first sign of a mouse infestation.

Contact a pest control professional to remove the rodents and ensure the health and safety of your family.

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