Help Identifying Pest Feces


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Old 05-26-12, 02:43 AM
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Help Identifying Pest Feces

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[SIZE=3]Hello everyone. I came across this forum via a search on Google.[/SIZE]
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[SIZE=3]Recently I have found a few pest droppings in the lower level of my home
that I cannot identify. They looked rather large to be your typical household
mouse but I set a small mouse trap anyway with peanut butter to see if it would
touch the bait. It has not.
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[SIZE=3]My home is a raised ranch. Around the inside perimeter is a space where the
walls meet the floor that Im told is for the runoff of any water so that it
does not accumulate on the floor.
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[SIZE=3]Just last night I was moving a few cardboard boxes in a room on the lower
level when I discovered two pretty good sized piles of these same droppings.
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[SIZE=3]They are dark brown/black in color and as long as 1.5" and mostly
curved or horseshoe in shape. I have no clue what these may be. There are no
food sources down in this area at all. Only dampness. And the only area of
entry would be this leach well area around the perimeter. Could these be rat
droppings? If so, what would keep the rat coming back if there aren't any
sources of food? I have not seen any rats at all around the house. The only
other pest I have seen is a grass snake or two outside the house.
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[SIZE=3]If anyone has any ideas I would greatly appreciate it.[/SIZE]
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Old 05-26-12, 07:58 AM
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Here in the northeast I would suspect that the droppings are from chipmunk, squirrel, flying squirrels, etc. Not rat or mouse. At the risk of introducing the yuk factor, are the droppings soft or hard? The would indicate new or old.
 
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Old 05-29-12, 05:06 PM
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thanks for the reply. I have not had a chance to examine these yet as we were away all weekend. Are know they are relatively new as they were not there a couple weeks ago. It is possible they could be from a small woodchuck. I have seen one running around the yard. Just cant imagine how it would have gotten inside.
 
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Old 05-30-12, 03:01 PM
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No way is it a woodchuck/ground hog.
 
 

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