The rat is really
something. This little rodent has learned to
adapt to go wherever man has. They basically
make their existence off the fact that they can
find shelter and food anywhere man has settled.
They are quite ingenious in this way.
It is really amazing. Man has sailed the seven
seas and rats have not only found their ways
onto the ship, but have gotten off and set up
shop right where the people lived. They have
become so accustomed to moving where mankind
does that it would not be surprising to find
that there are rats living on the moon right now
thanks to man going there in the 1970s.
Since they have basically gone everywhere that
people have, it would seem logical that people
would know everything that there is to know
about the rat. You would think that basically
every person on earth would not only know the
word rat in like 20 different languages, but
that they could smell a rat coming a mile away.
Sadly, most people could not tell you the sure
signs that a rat has found its way into your
home. They just never really pay much attention
to the little rodents until they are causing
them some kind of problem. Of course, by the
time that the problem is occurring you may have
hundreds of rats already living in your home. It
pays to know.
One of the easiest ways to tell that a rat is
present is by its feces, but to know that you
have to have some idea of what rat feces looks
like. Maybe it is time that you learn a little
more about the rat.
Rat feces can be found just about any place that
a rat is. They will just let go of their waste
while they are walking, meaning that it can be
found just about any place. While it is likely
that they will not go near their nest, they will
have a place near that nest where they will do
the majority of their waste relieving. They will
go other places, but it is in this one spot that
you can be sure that you will find a whole lot
of their waste.
Rat poop is pretty easy to spot. It is usually
no more than about ¾ of an inch and is usually
dark in color, like black or brown. The poop is
elongated, looking almost cylindrical and is no
more than ¼ inch in diameter.
Inside the poop will be such things as hair
fragments and food particles. These sausage
shaped turds can also contain pathogens such as
parasites and bacteria, which means that you
never want to touch them under any circumstance.
In fact, during cleanup, you should wear a mask
and gloves and keep all of your exposed skin
covered. These pathogens can become airborne
when you sweep the dried poop, so keeping
yourself safe is a huge must. Read more: Rat
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