How to Spot Rodents by Their Droppings

How to Spot Rodents by Their Droppings

Rodents are not as brave as they are in shows like Tom as Jerry. They’re not as loud as they are in Secret of Nimh. You can have rats and mice on your property for years without any obvious signs. Many businesses have no idea that there is a rat or a mouse living in their building until the moment it is spotted by a customer or employee.

That’s why it’s important to pay attention to the signs of rodent infestations, and one of the most common and easy signs is the presence of droppings.

Rat Droppings vs. Mouse Droppings

Rodents are outstanding at hiding, and while some make noise that can be heard through walls or around the property, others are completely silent. Still, rodents prefer not to defecate in their nests, so they travel into more open areas to use the bathroom.

Because they do not flush a toilet (or wash their hands for that matter!), their droppings can often be found left in random corners of the property. Once you see these droppings, you can then identify what type of rodent it is.

Rats and mice both present different types of challenges when it comes to pest control. So if you see droppings, it may be useful to take a look to see what kind of rodent it may be.

  • Rat Droppings – Tend to be very ovular in shape. Larger and wider than brown rice. They are also fairly uniform in shape.
  • Mouse Droppings – Smaller and longer, looking almost like seeds. Smaller than a grain of rice. May have pointy tips.

Local Pest can identify the type of rodent by its droppings for you, but it helps to have some idea of what type of animal it is so that you know what you can do to protect yourself.

Spot Rodent Droppings in Vancouver, BC – Call Local Pest

If you see even a hint that there may be rodents on your property, it is a good idea to give us a call. Residential and Commercial, we not only eliminate rodents – we also examine your property, find their entrance points, and keep them from coming back.

Give us a call today or fill out our contact form for more information.