The first step is to determine what type of animal is present; insect casings and droppings can look like rodent waste. One of the first indicators of mice is droppings found around the property such as underneath a sink or running along a garage wall. A well fed mouse will produce up to 50 pieces per day. This waste helps your pest control professional determine what type of pest is present. Other animal markers are sebum (hair oil), gnawing, hair and sometimes pack rat materials scavenged from the property.
Where the pest markers are found, is another major factor in pest identification. Mice droppings are commonly found underneath kitchen sinks; however it would not be common to find bat droppings in the kitchen. Determining where the pests are nesting and feeding is key to successful control.
3. Clean up
Once the type of pest has been determined, the waste and other animal materials should be cleaned up. Fecal material can be unhealthy; we use and recommend using a bagged HEPA vacuum to remove droppings from accessible areas.
Safety is first and foremost. Baits and traps must be deployed in a manner that it doesn’t endanger people or non target animals. IPM of Northern Colorado employs structured bait and trapping programs to safely and effectively eliminate the targeted pest.