Articles in this series:
- Why do Squirrels Stay in Attics?
- When Are Squirrels Active / What Sounds do They Make?
- Dangers of Squirrels in the Home
- Health Hazards from Squirrels
- Squirrel Droppings
- How Do Squirrels get Into the Attic?
- Common Signs that Squirrels have Made your Attic Home
- How to Trap a Squirrel
- What is the Best Squirrel Bait
- Exclusion Techniques
- Cleaning up After a Squirrel
While you know that squirrel droppings have the potential to carry bacteria, what does it look like? While not the most fun topic, it is important to know what kind of droppings you are looking at! While disgusting, identifying droppings is also the most concrete way to identify what kind of animal you are dealing with.
Since squirrels are part of the rodent family, you can expect that they have similar droppings. The droppings typically resemble wild grains of rice and are little pellets, while this makes it a little bit harder to discern what type of rodent you are dealing with, squirrel droppings have a tendency to be a bit larger than most other rodents. The size of the pellets may vary, depending on what type of squirrel you are dealing with.
Another characteristic of squirrel poop is it will change color with time. Fresher droppings are normally a dark brown color and will turn to a lighter brown color with age. So, if all you can find are dark brown droppings, this probably means that the squirrel has only recently moved in. Whereas, if you're finding a mixture of both, you could potentially have been having an issue for some time.
Identifying the droppings is disgusting, but gives you the best idea of what kind of problem you’re dealing with. By identifying their dropping you are able to tell rather you have multiple squirrels or just one and how long they have been in the attic. Just be safe when you are getting up close and personal with squirrel feces, with gloves and face masks.