Say ‘Scat!’ to animal poop.

Animal droppings – also known as dung, scat, poop, etc. – are gross. No one wants to find droppings in the home, and it can be disturbing when you see them.

Identifying Animal Droppings 

Animal droppings are most often found in the attic, a crawl space, and roofs and decks. Sometimes, they can also, alarmingly, be found in your living space. The most common culprits are rats, mice, squirrels, bats, raccoons, and snakes. But how do you tell the difference between the different kinds of scat?

Rat: 1/2″ – 3/4″ of an inch in size. Rats tend to designate a bathroom area so their droppings will be concentrated in an area.

Mouse: Approximately ¼ of an inch. Mice will poop whenever, wherever.  

Squirrel: 3/8 to 1 inch of an inch in size. Squirrels have a varied diet, so the color of their droppings varies greatly, including black, light, and dark brown, beige, and green. Squirrel and rat droppings can look very similar, but squirrel scat is thicker and more cylindrical.

Bat: Bat droppings and mouse droppings look very similar in size and shape. The main difference is that bat droppings often occur in piles or mounds. It may sometimes be shiny because bats eat insects, and they pass the tough outer shells.

Racoon: 2-3″ inch in length and tubular. Very easy to distinguish from the feces of the animals listed above.

Snake: Lacks form and is watery, often containing white streaks.

Are Animal Feces Dangerous?

In short, yes, animal droppings are dangerous.

Mice and Rats

Rodent droppings can spread diseases, bacteria, and viruses as well as contaminate food sources and trigger allergic reactions. It can also severely worsen asthma symptoms.


Squirrel feces carries salmonellosis, tularemia, and leptospirosis.


Bat scat causes a life-threatening lung infection called histoplasmosis.


If raccoon poop contains roundworm eggs, then it can be very dangerous. Infections caused by raccoon feces can lead to irreversible brain, heart, and eye damage, and very rarely, death.


Snake feces carry salmonella bacteria, which can cause illness.

What Do I Do if I Find Animal Droppings in My Home?

After reading the above, it is clear that animal feces are not only disgusting, but they are also dangerous too. They have no place in a home or business. 

There are many DIY options available in stores and online, but more often than not, they are temporary or ineffective solutions. These ‘solutions’ can also be incredibly inhumane since to truly rid yourself of animal feces, you must also get rid of the animal and repair the entrances and exits where the animal has been entering your dwelling. Furthermore, it is unlikely that you have the correct safety attire and cleaning agents to keep you and your home safe.

If you find animal feces in your home, call on Alabama Bio-Clean. When our technicians are finished, you can rest assured that the property is free of potential biohazards. The area will not only appear clean, but it will also be disinfected and habitable, safe once again for you, your family, friends, employees, and clients. Your health and safety are important to us. 1-866-305-8001