Mice droppings are a common thing to find in pantries, kitchens, cupboards, bathrooms, and storage sheds. Anywhere you might find mice, you are likely to see signs of their habitation – including some of the droppings that the critters leave behind.

Is there a drastic difference between finding one or discovering a hundred of them? If you have found mouse pellets anywhere in your home, you might have a reason to be concerned.

What Does It Mean When You Find Mice Droppings?

Here’s what you should know about the discovery of mouse droppings in your home.

What Do Mouse Droppings Look Like?

Mouse droppings are small and typically resemble dark grains of rice. They are pointed at both ends and have a smooth, shiny surface when fresh. The size of the droppings can vary, but they are generally around 1/8 to 1/4 inch (3 to 6 mm) in length. The color may vary depending on the mouse’s diet, but they are usually black or dark brown.

What Mouse Droppings Mean

Mouse droppings don’t just mean that you might have had mice in your home a few weeks ago. The presence of mouse droppings means that there is likely an active mouse den nearby. In fact, chances are if you see any mouse droppings at all, they’ve already moved in for good. Any mouse droppings should mean that you take proper hygiene and mice control measures immediately.

If you don’t want to find it in a restaurant’s kitchen, you should not want to find it in your house either!

Are Mouse Droppings Dangerous?

Mouse droppings can be a direct carrier of diseases, and usually accompanies rodent urine which can be health dangers. Mice poop and urine pose a massive infection risk and can transfer any number of several deadly diseases to humans.

Never underestimate how bad a mice infestation could be for your home and for your health. Mouse and rat infestations can be deadly if not properly taken care of.

Mice Or Rats?

How do you know whether the infestation is due to mice – or rats? The quick answer is to look at the size of the droppings. Rats are considerably bigger than mice in size. Therefore, larger droppings signal rats. Rat droppings can be just as dangerous as droppings from a mouse infestation.

What About Once?

Mice droppings are still just as dangerous even if you’ve only found them once, only found a few, or only found them in a particular area. Droppings are a sign of mice, and are just as dangerous – and carry the same risk – regardless of where or how they are found. Preventative measures are very important after spotting the first droppings. If you have already found a mice infestation in your house, then you should contact a local pest control company to take further steps.

Where Are Mice Droppings?

Mice droppings can be found almost anywhere in the home where mice can reach, but especially where you would imagine they frequent. Look behind and under cabinets, and move furniture that you normally would not. Check areas like your attic and cupboards often. Look in darker areas where mice would have a way to get through (but where people cannot normally fit their heads!).

The smell of mouse and rat droppings can be another characteristic sign. When you can’t see signs of a mouse infestation (nesting materials), you might still be able to locate rats or mice by the smell. If you can smell but not see it, you might have a larger problem – mice can hide inside things, too.

How Much Of It?

Mice can produce an incredible amount of droppings on an average day. According to research, up to 80 pellets can be produced from a single mouse in one day. Finding one to a hundred droppings can be a problem for the health of everyone in or near your home. In fact, finding one mouse poop (dropping) is more than enough to tip you off that there is a larger problem that must be addressed.

Imagine just how much an entire mice infestation could produce in places where you can’t see.

Cleaning Mouse Droppings

Mouse droppings are dangerous by nature, and they can be dangerous to handle. When you intend to clean mouse poop, it’s a good idea to have adequate ventilation and to make sure that you have plenty of household disinfectants, paper towels, and plastic bags, and wear rubber gloves and a mask.

After handling rodent droppings, wash your hands with soap and water (soap and warm water for best results). Sterilize everything you’ve touched, and be careful of cross-infection through cloths or clothes as well.

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