Need Wildlife Animal Feces Removal?
Wildlife critters like bats inside your attic, squirrels in the walls, raccoons in the basement, or mice crawling along your baseboards leave a lot of droppings in their wake. You'll want to address the droppings sooner rather than later to avoid potential unpleasant odors and possible insect presence.
Our technicians can safely remove these droppings and get your home back to a healthy state. If you're noticing feces and don't yet know which wildlife critter you're facing, learn more below.
What Are the Most Common Areas Wildlife Droppings are Found?
One of the most common places in your house where animals will leave droppings is the attic. They like the dark, isolated warmth of your home's uppermost room and often taint insulation with their droppings. Mice and rats are two of the biggest culprits when it comes to ruining insulation in your attic.
Identifying Wildlife Droppings
You’ve just discovered a cache of animal droppings in your home, perhaps where the animal we just removed was living. Perhaps you’ve discovered the droppings elsewhere, like your wall, or along the floorboards. Maybe you aren’t sure which animal visitor you have yet. Where you’ve found the droppings can help you figure out what type of animal is responsible. Use the handy guide below to determine which common wildlife critter you’re facing.
What Do Bat Droppings Look Like?
If you've found small, roughly rice-sized dark feces in your attic insulation, this is almost certainly bat guano.
- It is similar in size and shape to mouse poop but is slightly shorter and wider. Bat feces is referred to more commonly as guano and is in fact a prized fertilizer in many areas because it is rich in nitrogen.
- Though it can be beneficial to the growth of greenery, it is highly dangerous if the spores are inhaled. It can cause histoplasmosis, which can be fatal—especially for individuals with compromised immune systems.
Mouse and rat poop are often common along floorboards. These small rodents use the sides of walls as major transportation from places like behind appliances to bigger areas like your attic and are most commonly found around food sources.
- Mouse droppings typically measure less than 1/4" in length and are composed of a few separate pellets, which are pointed at the ends and dark brown to black in color.
Raccoon feces are cylindrical in shape, have rounded or broken ends, and are typically dark in color, though coloration varies depending on what the animal has recently eaten. Raccoon scat is likely to contain berries, as they are a favorite food source. Raccoons choose one place to defecate every time, called a latrine. If you come across a latrine, be careful because they contain thousands of roundworm eggs.
- Squirrel feces are comparable in size to jellybeans or raisins and measure from 5–8 mm in length. They usually get sprinkled along the ground as the rodents travel and the droppings easily blend in with the soil, due to their light brown coloration.
- Since squirrels are tree-dwelling creatures, they will often use hollow crevices in tree trunks as toilets. Droppings are generally pill-shaped and tubular in appearance and may have tapered ends.
- Like other wildlife feces listed here, squirrel droppings (including squirrel urine) are host to a number of diseases like leptospirosis, tularemia and typhus—the effects of which can range from headache and fever to pneumonia and vomiting. It's important to not handle squirrels or their feces without proper protective equipment.
You will likely know when you have bird feces in your attic because you will recognize the droppings from your car and outdoor belongings! Bird droppings are made up of a pasty substance mixed with uric acid and are often white in color.
The consistency of bird droppings is because the avian species don't produce urine the same way as other animals, which helps the birds retain water.
How Does the Feces Removal Process Work?
Removing droppings is one thing, but what about the stains and odors that linger? We can help with that, too. If you are in need of attic restoration from animal feces, we are here to help. Contact our technicians for full-service animal dropping removal and cleanup today at 812.260.1239.