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It's fairly easy to tell the difference between rat and mouse droppings. They are different sizes! Much different. Look at the below photos. You can see that a house mouse turd is like a small grain of rice, even smaller than that, often with pointy ends. But a rat pellet is way bigger, much fatter, with rounded ends. Rat droppings are like, twenty times the mass of house mouse poop.
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In the above photo, you can see, roughly in real size (if you're on a proper desktop computer and not your crappy smartphone - in which case zoom) actual photographs of rat feces vs mouse feces. They are both brown, they both carry diseases, but one is just way bigger than the other. There's no way to mistake it!
Below you can see photos of mouse droppings versus rat droppings, with an acorn in each photo to give scale. Look at the size difference! It's huge. Interestingly, either way, whether you have rats or mice, the way to get rid of them is basically the same. You must find their entry holes into the house, and seal them up.
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What Does Rat Feces Look Like? Where Is It Found?
One of the easiest ways to identify rat infestation in your house is identification of the droppings. The droppings are unique making it the easier way to know when you have rats in your property which can be attic, house, yard and others. You must know how rat feces look so as to easily identify when rat is trying to inhabit your property. You are going to learn how to differentiate rate feces through the content of this article. Also, you will learn how to handle rat feces to avoid contacting disease after handling it.
How to Identify Brown Rat Feces
Though mouse and rat look similar physically they have different droppings. You can easily differentiate the dropping from rat from the one from mouse. If you have a brown rat infestation the easier way to find out is to watch out for the quantity of feces drop daily. If the quantity is up to 40 to 50 pellets then you should be suspecting brown rat. The size of the feces is ¾ inch long and the shame is mostly large, rectangular shape with blunt ends. If you see something like that then you have brown rat infestation.
The Easier Way to Identify Black or Roof Rat Feces
If you discover about 40 to 50 pellets on each day and the size this time around is ½ inch long then you should suspect black or roof rat. Then if the feces are large, curved with sausage shape and pointed ends then it is confirmed to be black rat. So, the next thing for you to do is to ensure you block the possible ways that lead to the area and set your rat trap. The trap can be humane or lethal trap depending on the legislation in your area concerning rat control and removal.
Where You Can Easily Find Rat Feces
One thing about rat is that it normally poops wherever it wants. It usually poops right at the same place where it finds food. If you have a bag of rice and rat visit your home you will certainly see rat feces within the place you keep your rice. So, you can find rat feces in the attic, inside the house, and other part of your house where the rat get food to eat.
How to Remove Rat Feces to Avoid Infection
The first thing you need to do when you want to remove rat feces in your property is to take protective measure. Make sure you cover yourself with nose mask, your hands with rubber glove and wear long pant with booth. These are to ensure you do not inhale the feces which can cause serious health risk.
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