Norway Rat Droppings

Picture of Norway Rat on Grass

What Do Norway Rat Droppings Look Like?

Measuring about three-fourths of an inch in length, Norway rat droppings are easy to identify. They’re much larger than tiny, rice-sized mouse poop and also different in shape than waste left by other kinds of rats. The pests leave feces that are capsule shaped with rounded ends.

Hazards of Rat Feces

The presence of rodent waste poses serious health risks for homeowners. Diseases spread by Norway rat droppings and urine include salmonellosis and leptospirosis. These illnesses can be transmitted directly by handling excrement or indirectly by touching contaminated surfaces or eating infected food.

Damage & Prevention

In addition to transmitting disease with their droppings, Norway rats can cause structural issues. The pests undermine building stability when they burrow underneath foundations and destroy insulation, wood, and wiring with their constant need to gnaw. Homeowners can take several steps to prevent rodents from entering homes:

  • Seal cracks in foundations and siding.
  • Fix damaged screens, vents, and doors.
  • Keep kitchens and countertops clean.
  • Store food in containers with tight-fitting lids.

In order to safely and effectively locate nests, deal with Norway rat droppings, and eliminate rodents, contact the professionals of Waltham Pest Services.

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