Difficult to Recognize
It can be hard to identify squirrel droppings because there is nothing distinctive about them. In fact, they are often confused with rat feces. One way to differentiate between the pests’ feces is to look at the location. Squirrel droppings will most often be found below trees where the pests are nesting or under bird feeders.
Identifying Squirrel Droppings
A squirrel’s feces are:
- Small, ranging from a quarter-inch to a half-inch in length.
- Droppings are usually black, although some are brown or red in color.
- They are cylindrical and smooth with pointed ends.
Like all rodent feces, squirrel droppings can be harmful to humans. Airborne particles of waste are known to prompt allergic reactions and asthma attacks in sensitive individuals. The pests’ feces also might contain Hantavirus, a sometimes fatal affliction carried in rodent droppings.
Finding Squirrel Droppings in the Attic
One place homeowners definitely don’t want to see the pests’ feces is in the attic. Squirrels can discover shelter there when they drop onto rooftops from tree branches or utility lines.
Once inside homes, the animals shred insulation for nesting material and leave squirrel poop to collect on the floor. They can also gnaw at wiring, increasing the chance of a fire.
It’s probable that the animal itself will be seen before any squirrel droppings ever materialize. These visible, active creatures are usually hard to miss, whether they are scampering up a tree or attempting to outwit a bird feeder. When they go from mild diversion to overwhelming pest, it’s time to call in the professionals. Western Pest specializes in the fast, safe removal and control of squirrels and other wildlife.