RAT FECES: THE FACTS
WHAT DO YOU DO IF YOU FIND RAT DROPPINGS?
If you find rat droppings, it is critical that you clean up the fecal matter carefully and address the rodent infestation as quickly as possible.
SIGNS OF A RODENT INFESTATION
Mice or rat droppings are frequently found in drawers, cabinets, under sinks and near food packages. You are most likely to find droppings close to where the rodents are feeding or nesting.
Rat droppings are black in color and roughly 1/2 - 3/4 of an inch long. Fresh droppings will appear dark and moist.
Mouse droppings are smaller in size with smooth, pointed ends.
OTHER SIGNS OF AN INFESTATION
You may also find gnaw marks or scratches on cardboard boxes, food packages, walls and other surfaces. Rats and mice commonly use shredded paper, lint or dried plant material to make their nests. Small piles of these materials may be found near a wall or corner. Often these nests will have a foul odor, further alerting you to an infestation in your home.
HOW TO GET RID OF MICE
Snap traps are the best way to eliminate mice and rats. These traps are safe to use and highly effective. Continue trapping for a week. If, after seven days, you do not see any additional rodent sign, you can safely assume the active infestation has been eliminated.
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO CLEAN RAT FECES SAFELY?
Rodent droppings can spread diseases, viruses and bacteria that are potentially harmful to people and pets. Exposure to rat feces can spread bacteria, contaminate food sources and trigger allergic reactions. Dried fecal matter is particularly troubling. Once the droppings dry, they can create fine dust that can be inhaled through normal breathing.
DISEASES CARRIED BY RODENT FECES
Rodent Droppings can spread diseases and viruses such as: – Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome – Leptospirosis – Lymphocytic Chorio-meningitis (LCM) – Plague
NEED A PROFESSIONAL EXTERMINATOR?
The best way to get rid of rat feces is to prevent them from ever coming inside in the first place. Contact us to let a professional exterminator do the work for you.