mouse droppings

How to Identify Mouse Droppings

Mice need to find some type of shelter and a warm place to call home during the cold season. They seem to find their way through holes and crevices in a house and bury themselves in walls or anywhere in the foundation of the home. It’s almost a guarantee the mice are mating which means there may be a nest that’s not in plain sight. A mice infestation spells signs of trouble in your house or apartment if not addressed early.

Unsure if the little critters are running around in your comfort zone, there are ways to identify if there are mice wreaking havoc in your humble abode. The main way to identify if there’s an infestation problem is through their droppings. Most of the time this waste is usually found in the kitchen, specifically in cabinets, pantries, and drawers. They can be also be found wherever they can muster up some food.

Rodents constantly use the bathroom wherever, so it shouldn’t be hard to spot the little black or brown pellets. The droppings usually measure out to about 1/8-1/4 inch long. Pay attention to the ends of the droppings as they are usually tapered or rounded. Mice can usually produce 50 to 70 pellets per day. If you notice the droppings are longer than a quarter-inch, you may have a rat infestation rather than a mouse infestation.

While droppings are more prominent in the kitchen area due to crumb trails, they can be found in other places like chairs, boxes, and bags. Fresher droppings are usually soft in texture and can determine if the infestation is current or old. Droppings that are hard can sometimes be a sign of an older problem. A large number of droppings can mean that you have a huge infestation and you can determine the level of extermination needed.

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