Animal Droppings & Feces Removal in Ann Arbor
Finding animal droppings around your Ann Arbor home is almost a certain indication that you have a wildlife infestation. If the problem animal is already gone, we can offer animal feces removal and clean your Ann Arbor home to get it back to normal. We can also help with removing the animal, whether you have dead animals in the house or you have an active wildlife problem. Many animal visitors will have used a specific area in or around your home in which to leave feces, which can lead to health hazards, stains, and unpleasant odors. Call Critter Control of Ann Arbor today to learn how we can remove animal droppings from your home. 734.449.5858
Where Are Animal Droppings Found?
Some common places Ann Arbor residents discover wildlife animal droppings in the home include:
- Wildlife Feces in the Kitchen—Feces found in the kitchen are typically from rodents. Because they are so food-oriented, rodents will often make their way into your kitchen and leave droppings in their wake, which is often in your cabinets, pantry, or underneath sinks. If you're unsure that rodent feces has come into contact with any food products, you MUST dispose of them as soon as possible and contact the professionals at Critter Control to remove droppings safely and quickly.
- Wildlife Animal Droppings in the Attic—Common attic-dwellers that leave feces in your attic often include bats, birds, squirrels, raccoons, and more. If you suspect you have animals in your Ann Arbor attic, you will certainly have animal droppings, also. Droppings in attics can be found hidden behind items in your attic or spread across open areas. Wildlife is notorious for using insulation for nest building, so it may be necessary to replace your insulation if it is soiled with feces.
- Wildlife Animal Droppings in Garage—Wildlife critters like mice, raccoons, and rats also love to get into garages to find food (and shelter). Common areas you may find animal droppings in garages include shelving, behind garbage cans, along the wall, and inside insulation. If you have rodent droppings, you'll likely notice they multiply quickly. Discovering raccoon or rodent droppings in your garage should make your decision a no-brainer—call Critter Control of Ann Arbor today for animal feces removal.
What Type of Animal Feces Do I Have in my House?
When you first find wildlife droppings, you may assume you have rodent feces in your home. However, the droppings you found could be from another culprit. Use the handy guide below to narrow down the type of wildlife feces you're dealing with. It will help us form a plan to effectively remove the critter from your home, and if they're already gone (which we hope they are!), we'll clean them up and restore your home so you'll never know you had a critter visitor.
- Mouse Feces—Mouse poop is about half the size of a grain of rice (3–6 mm), and dark brown/black in color. The droppings are often hard due to their typical diet of grains, fruits, and seeds. The presence of mouse droppings in a certain area (usually around floorboards and behind appliances where the mice can get around inconspicuously) means they are commonly moving throughout this area. Mouse feces is commonly mistaken for bat droppings, but mouse droppings are slightly longer and slenderer. Mouse dropping clean up can be a dangerous task to your health, so it's important to get expert help if you are facing a large amount of it.
- Rat Feces—Rat feces is among one of the most dangerous types of wildlife feces. Though the quintessential rat disease is plague, which is transmitted through fleas that have feasted on infected rats, diseases like Hantavirus are transmitted directly through coming into contact with rat feces. So what does rat poop look like? Fresh rat poop is dark and has a shine, but rat poop that has been sitting for a while is lighter gray and dustier. Consistent with their physical size difference, mouse poop is smaller than rat poop. Roof rat droppings are more tapered on the ends, while Norway rats (also known as brown rats) have more blunted edges. If you think you have rodent feces in your home, but you're not sure which animal it's coming from, Critter Control can help you identify the culprit.
- Bat Guano—Attic insulation is a common area in which to find bat poop, known commonly as guano. If you have noticed small, grain-of-rice-length dark brown/black feces that is slightly wider than a grain of rice (smaller than mouse poop), you’ve likely found bat guano. Though guano is considered a prized fertilizer in some areas of the world, its chemical makeup can cause Histoplasmosis in humans if inhaled. It is especially dangerous for immunocompromised individuals. If you find droppings in the attic, it's likely from a bat.
- Raccoon Poop—Raccoon poop is tube-shaped and quite large when compared with other critters’ droppings. They are nearly an inch long, bulbous, and have texture along the sides. They are often mistaken for the feces of a small dog. Because raccoons use a single area—known as a latrine—separate from where they live, raccoon poop is usually accumulated in large amounts. These latrines are incredibly dangerous because of their ability to transmit spores of raccoon roundworm, the most common illness associated with raccoons.
Are Animal Droppings Actually Dangerous?
In short, yes. The most serious issue with feces of any kind is its impact on your health and wellness, and that of your family/pets. Wildlife droppings in particular can carry a host of parasites and illnesses. Rodent droppings can expose you to Hantavirus, a hazardous respiratory disease. Bat guano and bird feces are also carriers of another respiratory illness called Histoplasmosis. Raccoon feces are common hosts of raccoon roundworms, which can even lead to coma in extreme cases. Curious cats and dogs are at risk of coming into contact with, if not consuming, these wildlife droppings and becoming very ill.
If you spot any type of animal droppings in your home, please call Critter Control of Ann Arbor today for animal feces removal. 734.449.5858