How to Identify Different Pest Poop
There are many kinds of house pests that will invade your home at any given time especially in Florida. They can range from major pests such as venomous snakes, lizards, and large wildlife to small pests such as bed bugs, cockroaches, rats, mice, and termites. Any suspicious dropping found nowadays can usually be solved pretty easily by an online search or utilizing this Imperial Pest Prevention blog post. The easiest way to identify a pest is obviously through the identification of the actual invader, but they are not always able to be seen. If these hidden pests are not known, you are not out of luck! Another way they can be identified is through the droppings/poop surprises they leave behind! Follow this simple pest control blog post to see how you can find out who may be leaving behind these nasty presents in your household.
Being able to identify what kind of pest you have in your house or business will help you to know what you are dealing with, what measures as a homeowner you can take to protect pets, yourself and loved ones. It is also important to not be too proud and hire a pest control professional such as Imperial Pest Prevention as we have all of the necessary equipment, tools, and experience in tracking down and handling these pests as they are typically evasive, nocturnal, and stay hidden.
These are some brief descriptions of the kinds of excrement that common Florida pests leave behind:
Lizards can be a common house pest in Florida. Lizards are considered to be a beneficial house pest as they are a natural source of pest control. They will readily feed on cockroaches, mosquitos, swarmer termites, and other small insects that frequent surroundings of houses and businesses One problem is many times lizard droppings can be misidentified as rat droppings as they look fairly similar, except on distinguished difference, the white tip at the end of the lizard dropping vs the lack of one on a rats excrement, The white on the lizard waste is actually dried uric acid crystals from their urine. Lizards urinate and excrete feces from one body cavity called the cloaca. Because of this, it gives the lizard's dropping that appearance of a rat dropping but will also contain that hard white attachment of the end distinguishing it from a rat.
Because we immediately discussed the lizard and the dropping of, I thought the roof rat would be the next best one as the droppings from the roof rat is the one that someone does not want to hear. Most people would take the news of the lizard excrement any day of the week over the rat. Roof rats are extremely common in Florida. Whether we are having extreme heat in the summer, mild spring or winter, cooler weather and rodents go hand in hand. Most common, roof rats will readily nest in the attic and higher parts of homes and structures. "Roof rats in the adult form are 12-14 inches long and are very agile. They have a sleek muscular athletic build and tend to be dark gray to blackish in color with a lighter gray tone on the underbelly. This species also has a pointed nose with a large tail in comparison to its head and body" (quoted from our previous rodent blog post titled "cooler weather and rodents").
Roof Rat droppings are visible torpedo-shaped and produce around 40 to 50 droppings a day that is up to 3/4" long and 1/4" inch in diameter. Click on our Imperial Pest Prevention YouTube channel video "All About Rats" for more detailed information.
The Norway rat is the other species we commonly have here in Florida. This rodent tends to be a little fuller-bodied and larger in size. They have a smaller head, larger ears, and tend to prefer to be close to water locations such as canals, dunes, sewers, vegetation near rivers, boat docks, etc. For this reason, when a homeowner typically encounters these pests, they find them under a home’s crawlspace or passing up to living areas of the home from pipes or access points. just like the roof rat, this rodent will also gnaw, cause damage, and pose health risks which will also be discussed further. The droppings from this rodent are also dark in color but typically have a more spindled shape vs. the torpedo shape from that of the roof rat.
The information from this section is from our previous Imperial Pest Prevention blog post titled “Port Orange, Fl. Rodent Outbreak”.
Cockroaches are also extremely common household pests that will invade Florida homes throughout the year. Cockroaches are responsible for a wide array of bacterial diseases, pathogens, and can cause allergens. If you suspect cockroaches in your home it is imperative to contact a pest control company such as Imperial Pest Prevention to quickly irradicate these pests and protect your loved ones and families' health.
Cockroaches have round and dark excrement that resembles ground coffee or ground pepper. Some of the larger cockroach species have much larger black or brown cylindrical-shaped droppings. Once an infestation is present, the waste of the Cockroaches will give off a distinct sweet/ sour smell that is very pronounced and distinct.
There are two species of termites that are most common in Florida, they are Subterranean Termites and Drywood Termites. Both are silent hidden destroyers. Only on will leave visible droppings though. Can you guess which one? If you guessed Drywood Termites you are correct.
Drywood termites live in structures and will feeed on food from furniture, rafters, walls, etc. They do not discriminate. They can be indoors or outside of the home. After consuming the cellulose in the wood they leave behind small six-sided concave pellets known as frass which vary in color depending upon the color and type of wood they have feeding upon. Frass is usually first discovered by a homeowner as what appears to be a sawdust or coffee ground droppings that once cleaned appear to return in a matter of a few days as Drywood termites push their droppings out from exit holes in the structure to keep their tunnels clean and accessible.
Per our Imperial Pest Prevention Blog Post "How to Avoid Bed Bugs" Bed bugs are usually reddish-brown, flat, small, and oval-shaped. Typically the size of an apple seed, adults are roughly ¼ inch in length and have six legs and antennae. Juvenile Bed bugs, known as nymphs, differ from adults in that they are often much smaller (1 millimeter) and may appear clear or tan in color.
Bugs are difficult to spot in a home. Due to a small in stature size, they often go unnoticed until a bigger problem presents itself such as an infestation. If you suspect bed bugs in your home, it is highly recommended you hire a bed bug exterminator ASAP. Bed Bugs spread at a rapid rate and the longer you wait, the more involved treatments can be. Bed bug droppings appear as tiny blood-splattered spots. This fecal matter is actually digested blood from the bed bug feeding on their host and appear dark reddish-brown in color. Bed bug droppings are mostly be found in mattress seams, tufts, box springs, and adjacent locations to where the host lays dormant such as curtains, sheets, and furniture.
Of all the pests, this is the least favorite, well maybe the Bed Bug takes the cake, however, one wrong snake in the house can be fatal! Snakes will readily feed on small animals, rats, birds, and lizards. Here in Florida, we have a variety. Per our previous Imperial Pest Prevention Blog post (As Summer Temperatures are Upon Us, So are The Snakes!) "Although many snakes are harmless, many can also be venomous. No one wants to get close enough to make that determination, nor should anyone. Here in Florida, snakes are in abundance and can pose a life-threatening danger to homeowners and their pets as well as family. That is correct, one bite from the wrong snake can end fatally for anyone".
Snakes love to inhabit shrubs, grass, gardens, and vegetation. We at Imperial Pest Prevention recommend any homeowner to utilize our Snake Repellent Services to protect their family and pests.
Snake droppings are usually not seen so often but for the most part are smooth and very soft with not much structure, almost mush like. Some droppings may contain visible bones, and fur depending on the diet they have consumed. Snake feces is usually dark brown in color and lightens as it dries.
Professional Pest Control Company To The Rescue
Pest Identification can be extremely daunting to a homeowner. If you discover droppings in your home, it is always recommended to seek out a pest control company such as Imperial Pest Prevention. We have expert staff trained to identify, offer treatment options, educate consumers, and protect your family, pets, and loved ones. Call us at (386) 956-9506. Imperial Pest Prevention, a brand name you know and trust! We proudly offer our pest control services to St. Augustine, Palm Coast, Flagler Beach, Ormond Beach, Holly Hill, Daytona Beach, Port Orange, New Smyrna Beach, Edgewater, Oak Hill, Deland, Orange City, Deltona, Debary, Lake Helen, Sanford, and East Orlando of Florida.