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Rat feces will be found wherever you find rats —
they have a nasty habit of leaving their waste
matter wherever they run, and they run basically
everywhere around your home or building.
If you live in an area rife with black rats, you
will find poop that is between one and two
centimeters in length (about half an inch), and
with pointed ends. If the ends are more
rounded-off than pointed, and the poop is in a
banana-like shape, it is more than likely that you
have brown rats, the most common rats you will
find invading your home. Their black cousins have
almost been pushed out by these brown bullies.
One rat will leave around 40 to 50 pellets or
droppings in their wake every night that they are
out and about, giving you a good indication of how
much of the stuff they will be leaving around your
home. The more rats you have, the more poop is
produced, and the bigger your rat infestation, the
more obvious it will be that you have a problem.
Rat problems should not go undiagnosed or treated
for as long as they do, because it's not like they
don't leave enough signs of their existence lying
Rat droppings is dangerous, as well as unsightly,
and you will need to take special measures when
you are clearing up to ensure you don’t put
yourself in danger. As well as wearing protective
rubber gloves, the thicker the better, you should
also make sure you are wearing a face mask. This
might seem a little excessive, but there are
airborne spores present in rat faces that, when
disrupted, could case the spread of hemorrhagic
fever. These hemorrhagic fevers include yellow
fever viruses, Marbug, Ebola, and Lassa fever. The
latter Lassa fever is heavily spread by rats, but
only in developing countries, such as West Africa.
Generally this is a disease prevalent in rural
areas where sanitation and hygiene is poor.
These hemorrhagic fevers, or VHF (viral
hemorrhagic fever) as they are also called, are
not treatable. In some cases, the fevers will go
away on their own, but there are some strains,
such as Ebola, that are very dangerous, and can
cause loss of life.
As well as containing airborne spores, rat
droppings can also contaminate water sources, with
diseases such as leptospirosis, salmonellosis, and
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