What Does Roof Rat Scat Look Like?
One of the most effective ways to find roof rat nests is to follow their messes. In addition to scattering nesting material, shells, and rinds, the untidy pests also leave trails of dark brown feces. These trails mark the routes on which they travel looking for food sources and nests. Look for half inch long, curved droppings with pointed ends to be sure that roof rats, and not another type of rodent, are the culprits.
Hazards of Roof Rat Feces
Roof rat feces pose serious health risks to homeowners. The pests often get into pantries and cupboards, fouling food with feces, urine, and saliva. Consuming these things can give humans foodborne illnesses like salmonellosis. Just being near the rodents' waste in closed spaces can be even more dangerous. Breathing in dried droppings or absorbing them after touching the eyes, nose, or mouth can cause a deadly disease called hantavirus.
To stay on top of waste problems, get rid of roof rats quickly before they reproduce. Traps are the best control choice, but they are only effective if set with the right location, angle, and bait. When expelling dead rats or scat, avoid stirring up dust to stay safe from contracting hantavirus. Ventilate closed areas well prior to cleaning, then pick up dead animals and feces by hand with proper protection. Do not sweep or vacuum droppings, since this may release fecal particulate into the air. The safest option is calling wildlife control specialists with the experience and gear to handle roof rat problems. If you suspect a roof rat has taken residence on your property, Contact Us at Critter Control of NW Washington for professional removal!