What Does Ground Squirrel Scat Look Like?
Ground squirrel droppings are solid, brown to black in color, and over one-half inch in length. Their shape is tubular and rounded at the ends. Because ground squirrels burrow rather than live in trees, their feces do not have woody fibers like the waste left by tree squirrels. Finding ground squirrel feces matching this description is a good indicator of an infestation.
Hazards of Ground Squirrel Feces
Ground squirrels and their waste are dangerous to human health and should not be approached or handled by people. Dead or alive, these pests can harbor fleas that carry the deadly bubonic plague. They are also linked with the spread of Rocky Mountain spotted fever, rat bite fever, and tularemia. If residents come into contact with ground squirrel droppings or saliva and begin to feel sick, they should seek immediate medical attention. If you suspect a ground squirrel has taken residence on your property, Contact Us at Critter Control of Traverse City for professional removal!