What do rat feces look like? Where is it found?

Rats’ fecal matter is laden with germs, and can be the cause of more than 20 diseases, spread through contact, inhalation of dried pellets, and ingestion. Salmonella, Hantavirus, and the plague are just a few. Rats leave behind small piles of pellets as they travel along their paths throughout the day. The amount of waste produced is dependent on how much they eat each day. They are not particular about where they defecate or urinate so if you have an infestation it will be in your attic, walls, and kitchen, as well as where they are nesting. When rats “go”, they leave several dark colored rice shaped pellets scattered around in a pile.

Unlike mice, rat feces have rounded ends. The fresher the droppings, the darker the color will be. Rats create a lot of waste. It’s not just about the food they it has a lot to do with their constant chewing. Rats continuously chew on wood, plastic, electrical cords and more. The pieces are mostly ingested and end up as bodily waste. Rats also use their feces and strong smelling urine to mark their territory. This scent trail keeps the rat from getting lost as it travels in search of food. Their scented droppings are particularly useful when moving in the dark areas where rats can’t see very well.

If you discover a large quantity of rat droppings, do not clean the mess until you are wearing proper sanitary equipment like gloves and a mask. Try to use a scoop to remove the waste because of its great potential for spreading disease. Clean the area thoroughly with disinfectant, and wash any fabric. People who come in contact with a high quantity of rodent waste may need to be hospitalized if They contract Salmonella, Hantavirus, or a handful of other dangerous diseases that can be spread by contact with rat feces.

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