Sadly, if you have an animal in your attic, you are going to have animal poop in your attic. Everything poops. You can often tell what kind of animal you are dealing with by what their droppings look like. Not that a lot of us want to get close enough to ID said animal by their poop, this can be a definite way of knowing what kind of issue you’re dealing with as well as how big the problem is. For example, if you find one small pile, you probably have a fairly small or recent issue whereas if there is poop EVERYWHERE you might have an infestation on your hands. So, what are you looking for?
Some animals, like raccoons and rodents, will use a latrine system, meaning that you will likely find a pile of feces in a corner somewhere and not very many stray droppings. This is because they follow the “don’t poop where you sleep” rule and will try to keep their droppings separate from their nesting area. Other animals, like opossums, will leave their droppings wherever they happen.
As far as identifying the droppings you find goes it can be fairly easy to tell the different species apart. Rodents and squirrels will have pellet-like droppings that resemble a grain of rice, and there will be a lot of them! You can tell the difference between the two because rodent droppings are smaller than squirrel droppings, makes sense as most rodents are smaller than your regular squirrel. Raccoons and Opossums have similar droppings as well, both resemble cat droppings and are larger tube-like droppings with rounded ends. Raccoons will often have a bigger size and you will also be able to see berries in the droppings. You can also differentiate by where the droppings are located, as raccoons use the latrine system and opossums do not.
If you need help with Pest Control we always recommend calling a professional. You never know with Wildlife Animals!