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What Do Mouse Droppings Look Like?
Droppings are one of the first ways to discover an infestation in the home. However, rat and mouse feces can be similar in appearance, so it is important to be able to differentiate one from another. Mouse poop is typically:
- About one-fourth of an inch in length
- Tapered at either one or both ends
- Dark brown or black in color, based on diet
Because mice defecate while moving, mouse droppings do not usually collect in piles. Instead, the pests excrete about 50 to 75 pellets daily along their favorite routes between nests and food sources.
Problems with Mouse Poop
The biggest issue associated with mouse waste is the threat of contracting hantavirus. Infection typically occurs when people touch items contaminated with mouse droppings.
Those who become ill with Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome may show a variety of symptoms, including muscle aches, fatigue, fever, and nausea. In some cases, the disease can be fatal.
Cleaning Up Mouse Waste
When mouse urine and droppings are found, the initial impulse is to clean up the foul mess. However, this can be extremely dangerous without proper protection and ventilation. If homeowners absolutely must take on the task, they should always wear gloves and disinfect the area entirely.
Because mice expel so much waste daily, keeping up with cleaning can become overwhelming. The best way to prevent mouse poop is by excluding the rodents altogether.
Prevention can be achieved through practicing regular sanitation, such as storing food in airtight containers and eliminating spills. Additionally, all crevices should be sealed so that mice cannot gain entry into homes. Where mice persist, traps may be necessary.
Unfortunately, even the best prevention tactics can fail, and infestations may grow rapidly. When this occurs, residents can turn to the professionals at Trutech for effective mouse removal.