After finding mice droppings in the restroom and near storage racks, county health officials recently closed Mag's Donuts & Bakery in Newport Beach. During a routine inspection on Nov. 21, Mag's was cited when inspectors found "a few rodent droppings on the floor underneath the storage rack" and "some in the restroom."

Since the northeast is in rodent season, can you properly identify rodent droppings?

  • Mouse droppings are approximately the size of a grain of rice, dark and pointed at both ends.

  • Norway rat droppings are about 3/4" with blunt ends.

  • Flying squirrels droppings are usually round, dark in color and unorganized.

  • Squirrel droppings are 3/8 inch long with rounded edges and scattered about.

  • Bat droppings look like black grains of rice just a little large. When touched, they break apart into a powdery substance.

Fresh droppings are moist, soft, glisten and look wet. Once, the droppings begin to harden which usually takes a few days to week, they appear dull. Rat droppings become gray, dusty and crumbly whereas mice become hard and whitish.

Before cleaning rodent feces, squirrel droppings or bat droppings from spaces like attics, basements, crawlspaces and other storage areas, there are important things to know. The infestation should be completely removed and measures should be taken to pest proof, or prevent the entry again. Contact a pest professional to clean up rodent feces. Although a simple task, there are infectious viruses, like Hantavirus found in rodent’s urine, rodent droppings and even nesting material like insulation. Thomas Pest Services offers rodent removal and rodent dropping removal with heppa filer vacuums, sanitation liquid, insulation removal and replacement.

Thomas Pest Services has been solving rodent and insect pest problems for those that live, work and play in the Capital Region and surrounding towns like Chatham, Schenectady, Latham, Saratoga Springs and Queensbury with third generation experience. To learn more about rodent removal, squirrel removal, bat removal, contact Thomas Pest Services via phone at 1-877-518-2847, via web inquiry, Facebook or Twitter!   We also remove rodent droppings so you don't have to!