If you have found animal droppings somewhere around your property your first thought is probably that you have a pest problem, and most likely you’d be right. But identifying what sort of pest it is can be difficult. To an untrained eye many types of droppings look very similar and some may belong to completely harmless animals that do not require removal. Of course if you do discover you have a Manchester pest control problem you then have to decide what if anything you are going to do about it.
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Pests are unlikely to go away by themselves and its very easy for an infestation to get out of control causing damage to your home, health and even your business.
If the droppings are small (between 3 and 10mm long), cylindrical and dark in colour they are most likely to have come from a rat or a mouse. You are most likely to find such droppings in dark enclosed spaces such as lofts, garages and outbuildings and under kitchen units. Vermin that have a well-established infestation may leave their droppings out in open spaces which means that they have gone out foraging for food. You may find rat or mice droppings around food storage areas, in bread bins or cupboards. You may find rats are attracted to food sources such as compost bins or bird feeders outside your property.
It can be difficult to tell the difference between rabbit and hare droppings but a professional pest control service will be able to help identify the differences. It is possible to mistake both for squirrel or stoat droppings as they are found around buildings too. If you suspect a grey squirrel infestation it is important to call in expert help as they can cause considerable damage to roof spaces and garages. If the droppings are larger and rounder than mouse droppings but smaller than a rat’s it could be a squirrel. Stoat droppings are more distinctive as they are coiled and longer.
Bat droppings are similar to those of a mouse but dryer and more crumbly. Bats are harmless and will not cause any damage to your property as they neither build nests nor chew through wiring. As bats and their roosting areas are protected by UK law it is an offence to attempt to remove them from any area that is not a direct living space of your home.
Insect pests can also leave tell-tale droppings around your home although of course they will be much smaller and therefore more difficult to spot. Moths have very tiny droppings that look like dark specks which you may find in foodstuffs such as biscuits and pasta.
It is advisable to seek expert advice rather than trying to tackle a pest infestation on your own. Over the counter treatments are often ineffectual and frequently re-infestation will rapidly occur. Calling in professional Manchester pest control experts can eradicate your Cheshire pest Control problem quickly and effectively.