What Do Squirrel Droppings Look Like?

Finding droppings under bird feeders or on attic floors could be a good indicator that squirrels are present. However, telling their waste apart from that of other pests, such as rats or mice, can be difficult. To differentiate squirrel droppings from other pest feces, closely examine their size, shape, and color. Squirrels leave behind cylindrical, segmented waste pellets around half an inch in length. They are typically black, but can also be brown or even red in color.

Problems Associated with Squirrels

Squirrels are excellent climbers, making them a true nuisance for homeowners, who commonly find the pests in attics and crawlspaces. Once inside, squirrels chew wiring, insulation, and support beams, as well as build nests to rear their young. Finding squirrel droppings is typically one of the first signs that there is a problem. While most squirrel diseases are not transmitted to humans, trying to clean up feces can lead to accidental inhalation or ingestion, which in turn may cause the spread of salmonellosis, tularemia, and other illnesses.

Effective Control and Removal

Even the smallest gap in roof lines, eaves, or chimneys can be enticing to a squirrel, so sealing and blocking these holes is usually the first step in deterring pests. In order to remove nuisance squirrels, store-bought traps can be effective if utilized correctly. Once squirrel droppings have been found, contact the trained professionals at Trutech for safe and humane removal.