How to Identify Mouse Poop & Mouse Droppings

When mouse infestations are present in the home so, too, are mouse droppings. In fact, the rodents' feces is often spotted before individuals encounter any adult mice. Mouse droppings can be harmful, or even deadly, when inhaled or consumed as the rodents are known to carry various diseases.

What Do Mouse Droppings Look Like?

They usually measure less than 1/4 of an inch in length and are found in areas near food, like kitchen cabinets and drawers, as well as along pathways the rodents consistently travel, such as alongside walls and under the cover of furniture. Collections of fecal matter are generally composed of a few separate pellets, which are pointed at the ends. Some experts liken mice droppings to grains of rice in terms of shape.

mouse droppings in attic

Cleanup & Removal

Proper sanitation is essential wherever mouse feces is found. The droppings can transmit a variety of diseases including hantavirus, salmonella, and lymphocytic chorio-meningitis (LCM). Safe removal of rodent fecal matter involves the use of masks and gloves to prevent contact, and infested buildings should be aired out after being sanitized to prevent respiratory infection. The only way to ensure safe and complete removal of the base problem is to employ professional wildlife control specialists to treat for the mouse infestation.

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