How To Tell The Difference Between Different Types of Pest Droppings/Poop
Not sure what kind of pest you have but you have the poop? Compare it to the pest droppings/poop chart/diagram to see what type of pest you are dealing with. If you need assistance with removal of your pests call a pest control exterminator.
A – House Mouse / Field Mouse
B – Roof Rat
C – Norway Rat
D – CockRoach
E – Termites
F – Bed Bug
G – Bat
H – Snake
I – Raccoon
K – Possum
L – Skunk
M – Spider
O – Squirrel
P – Bee/Wasp
PEST DROPPINGS/POOP DETAILS
A. HOUSE MOUSE OR FIELD MOUSE DROPPINGS/POOP
Skinny pellets, usually about 1/16 inch in diameter and 3/16 inch long, with pointed tips and maybe slightly bulging out in the center. There is usually some size variance, but they are basically like very small brown grains of cooking rice. Fresh ones are dark brown, but they will get lighter with age. Mouse poop droppings are the most common types of droppings that you will encounter in your home. To learn how to get rid of mice click here.
B. ROOF RAT DROOPPINGS/POOP
Roof Rat droppings are very similar to the house mouse but much thicker. Typically the length will still be the same but the thickness will be much greater than the typical field mouse.
C. NORWAY RAT DROPPINGS/POOP
Norway Rat poop/droppings are even thicker that the roof rats and typically much shorter than field mice and roof rats.
D. COCKROACH DROOPPINGS/POOP
The feces of small to medium cockroaches are black and resemble black pepper or ground coffee. Larger cockroaches leave brown or black droppings which are cylindrical in shape and have ridges down the sides of them.
E. TERMITE DROPPINGS/POOP
Mysterious piles of multi-colored pellets are usually indicative of drywood termite presence. Termite dropping piles could be drywood termite poop known as frass. Drywood frass can sometimes be different colors, depending of the color of the termites have been eating, but all drywood droppings are mostly six-sided.
F. BED BUG DROOPPINGS/POOP
Bed bug fecal matter is usually dark in color and made up of digested blood from their host. Bed bug feces are smooth to the touch unlike roach feces, which is much more granular in feel. The fecal matter is easy to spread and can quickly stain mattresses, drapes, sheets, furniture, sofas and chairs.
G. BAT DROPPINGS/POOP
Bat Poop looks like big dark brown grains of rice, bigger than that of a mouse. They are fairly uniform in size. A lot of times the ends are a bit pointy or a bit irregular, but for the most part, it’s consistent in shape and the ends are rounded. They are sometimes clumped together a bit, due to the amount urine combined with them.
H. SNAKE DROOPPINGS/POOP
The feces of carnivores tend to be somewhat mushy, because there’s not a lot of plant fiber in them. This is also the case with some snakes. Snake feces are usually pretty smooth and mushy. Some snake poo will contain fur, since they eat mammals, but, the consistency is generally a bit mushy with smooth edges.
I. RACCOON DROPPINGS/POOP
Raccoon droppings usually are to be 2-3 inches long and 1/2-inch wide (kind of like a dog’s) and are often filled with remains of what they have been eating lately. For example, if they are eating corn, you will often find corn remains in the droppings. The same occurs when they are eating fruit and other foods etc.
K. POSSUM DROOPPINGS/POOP
Possum poop is medium to Large Size, like dog poo. Averages 3/4 inch in diameter or larger. The ends are usually tapered and the sides are usually smooth. It tends to be more curly than straight. Sometimes mold will grow on the feces.
L. SKUNK DROPPINGS/POOP
Skunk droppings might look like those of domestic cats and will contain all types of food, from insect skeletons, to hair or seeds. Striped skunk droppings are ½ inch in diameter, usually 2 to 4 inches long, and will have blunt ends. Spotted skunk droppings are going to be similar looking, but maybe half the size.
M. SPIDER DROOPPINGS/POOP
Spider droppings look like pin head-size drips or splats in shades of white, brown, gray or black. You’ll usually find the droppings on surfaces below where you find spiders.
O. SQUIRREL DROPPINGS/POOP
Squirrel Droppings look like oblong pellets, usually about 1/8 inch in diameter and 3/8 inch long, rounded tips and might be slightly bulging in the center. with a little size variance. Fresh ones are going to be dark brown, but they get lighter with age. Looks very similar to rat droppings, only a little bit fatter, and a more likely to grow lighter with time.
P. BEE/WASP DROOPPINGS/POOP
Bee/Wasp poop is a yellow liquid substance that looks like squeezed mustard and dragged along in long lines.
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