Squirrel Droppings

Here are some tips to help you know how to identify squirrel droppings and distinguish them from mouse and bat droppings.

squirrel droppings
Squirrel Dropping
Squirrel droppings are the size of a dried bean or a chili bean.  They may be black, brown, or even greenish.  They are four or five times bigger than the droppings of mice and bats.

mouse droppings
Mouse Droppings

Mouse droppings look like black grains of rice, or a little smaller than rice.  They are solid and firm to the touch.  They sometimes contain Hanta Virus, and must be handled with great caution.  They are much smaller than squirrel droppings.

bat droppings or guano
Bat Droppings (Guano)

Bat droppings look like black grains of rice, or a bit bigger than rice.  When touched, they break apart into a powdery substance.  This powder is very dangerous if inhaled.  It is critical to wear protective respiratory equipment when cleaning up guano in order to avoid contracting histoplasmosis.

If you find squirrel droppings in your attic, garage, or elsewhere on your property, it is important to get the mess cleaned up and have the squirrels trapped and removed.  A squirrel in your attic can chew through wiring and will urinate all over your insulation.  They are small creatures, but can do significant damage in a short amount of time. 

If you are still uncertain about which kind of creature left it’s calling card, give us a call or email us a picture of the droppings.  It is possible that multiple animals are inhabiting your property simultaneously.