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What Do Mouse Droppings Look Like & What to Do When You Find Them

Seeing a mouse in the house is upsetting, but finding out that a rodent infestation has been lurking in your home for a long time is even worse. Knowing how to identify the signs of a pest problem will help you prevent infestations and keep your home pest free.

Finding mouse droppings is one of the most obvious ways to discover you have a mouse problem in your home. In this article we’ll discuss what mouse poop looks like, the dangers of mouse poop in your home, and how to properly clean and dispose of the droppings.

Mousepooponkitchenfloor.jpgIs There a Mouse in your Home?

Before you see an actual mouse, you may notice signs of mice — but if you don’t know what to look for, you may miss the signs! From “mice rice,” to “droppings,” knowing how to identify mouse poop can give you a head start when it comes to preventing infestations.

Recognizing and being able to identify rodent droppings will give you the chance to clean up mouse poop properly, preventing disease and getting rid of mice before the problem gets out of hand. The dangers of mouse poop include many diseases that can be spread by mice droppings — from salmonella to Hantavirus — so cleaning up after an infestation is especially important.

What does mouse poop look like?

Mouse poop ranges in size from 3/16 to ¼ inch long — similar to a grain of rice, with pointed ends and color varying from blackish brown to gray depending on how old it is and the diet of the mouse.

Fresh droppings are black, turning brown over the next week, and changing to grey over time. If a rodent has consumed pesticide from a bait station, the droppings may be the same color as the bait. Older rodent droppings will crumble upon contact, while fresh droppings will be soft and malleable (never touch droppings with your bare hands).

Mice can leave behind 50-75 pellets per day. The number and size of droppings you see can help you determine the severity and type of pest problem you are facing. Mice will poop while they are moving, so droppings will be seen along the paths they travel and in the places where they are finding food. They may poop near their nest, but they will not go to the bathroom in their actual nest — believe it or not, mice are like to keep their homes clean!

Does mouse poop smell?

While mouse droppings may not have any noticeable smell, mouse urine has a distinct ammonia smell. Mice have very poor eyesight, but a highly developed sense of smell. They can gather information from the scents left behind by rodent waste, such as where to find food and what areas to avoid. While you may not be able to find mouse droppings by smell, you may notice an ammonia smell from the urine they leave behind, and you can be certain it is the work of more than one mouse.

What does rat poop look like?

Although identifying droppings is a good way to figure out what kind of pest problem you have, it can be confusing. Rodent infestations can be the result of house mice, deer mice, roof rats, Norway rats, and even squirrels or raccoons.

As mentioned above, mouse droppings are usually ¼ inch or less in length, and similar in size and shape to a grain of rice. Rat droppings are generally the same shape but larger, usually about a ½ inch in size. Squirrel droppings are similar in shape, but a little larger and thicker. Raccoon droppings are more similar in appearance to a small dog’s poop than mouse poop.

How to Get Rid of Mouse Droppings & Prevent Mice

iStock_000055640630_XXXLarge.jpgAfter you’ve identified rodent droppings, you have to get rid of them. Droppings are not just unsightly, they can spread rodent related diseases. You must follow safety precautions when cleaning up mouse droppings. Take this advice from the CDC:

  • Air out the space for 30 minutes before cleaning if possible.
  • Wear rubber, latex, or vinyl gloves and a mask or respirator.
  • Use a disinfectant spray (DIY by mixing 1 part bleach to 10 parts water) and soak area for 5 minutes.
  • Clean area with disposable rags or paper towels.
  • Put waste in a sealed plastic bag in a covered trash can.

It is especially important to avoid sweeping or vacuuming areas where mice have been until after these steps have been completed. Sweeping or vacuuming can cause germs spread by mice to circulate in the air; if you inhale any pathogens from rodents, you could become seriously ill.

Cleaning up after rodents is not an activity you want to repeat, so take time to inspect the area for potential entry points rodents may use to come inside. Rats and mice can enter through an opening that is smaller than a dime, and they can easily chew through foam insulation, wood, and plastic. If you notice any cracks around door or window frames, or open space where pipes, cables, and utility lines pass through the wall, block the openings with steel wool. Use silicone caulk to fill in cracks and gaps.

Make the area less attractive to household pests by cleaning up any available food sources such as dirty dishes, uncovered trash cans, or unattended pet food. Clear clutter so mice have fewer places to hide, and consider using rodent repellent to prevent mice.

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108 responses to “What Do Mouse Droppings Look Like & What to Do When You Find Them”

    • Just review the symptoms of hantavirus and be aware. Hantavirus is not a very common disease, but it is very serious. If you notice any symptoms, contact and doctor and mention the exposure risk. Thanks for reading!

  1. We have been waking up to little off-white, small pellets on one of our couch cushions. No sign of anything else, always on the same cushion. Any ideas?

  2. I had a mouse or two in my apartment (no more judging from the amount of droppings). I used a plug in sonic pest chaser from Victor, and they are totally gone. no droppings, no scratchy sounds, just gone.

  3. Hi, would you ever find just one mouse dropping? We just got rid of one mouse and cleaned up and then we found one single pellet. It was also hard as a rock. Would mouse droppings be that hard? Thanks in advance!

    • Finding just one dropping is unusual. Since it was hard, it must have been at least a few days old. Perhaps the dropping was moved from it’s original place by a pet, child, or just everyday activities? Take the time to make sure you’ve gotten rid of all rodents, blocked off potential entry points, and sealed up and properly stored any food that may attract pests. Thanks for commenting!

  4. What color is mouse urine when it dries? I’ve seen areas where the mice have clearly been (droppings); I also sometimes see pinkish areas that look like they were once liquid near there or in other spots oron objects (like a bike frame). Is that mouse urine?

    • One way to identify mouse urine is to shine a blacklight on the area in question. If it glows, then you’ll know it’s urine. Thanks for reading Tim!

  5. I have occasional mice that love to get into my motorhome. I see regular poop, but then I also see what looks like white rice??? Is that poop as well?

  6. we have mice droppings in several drawers, some black and some off white. Can I just removed them with a wet paper towel and then wash the drawers and utensils in hot water and soap?

  7. I have mice that like to live in my stove.. I found droppings. I used my stove prior to finding this out. Are we gonna get sick? I’m very concerned.

    • Donna, Try not to worry. Review the signs and symptoms of diseases transmitted by mice and if you aren’t feeling well, mention what happened to your doctor. Thanks for taking the time to read and comment.

  8. Good afternoon.. u believe I found a few nice droppings.. is there any other recommended cleaners that are scent free? I have multiple Chemical sensitivities and javex will make me gave a severe asthma attack..is vinegar a solution?

  9. We saw a small mouse in the living room 3 days a go. We immeadiatelt bought snap traps And sticky traps. We place towels under all of the bedroom doors to prevent him from going in the rooms. Still haven’t caight him. Today about about 100 poops in my pot Holder drawer. I have a total of 4 traps In the kitchen. Using peanut butter to entice. What else can I do ???

    • Hi Alyssa, sorry to hear about your uninvited houseguest. We would recommend getting rid of the baited traps; you don’t want to feed the little freeloaders! Make sure any available food source, from peanut butter to pet food, is stored in an airtight container. If there is any clutter around your home, try to tidy up so mice have fewer places to hide. Mice can squeeze through very small openings, so inspect areas where plumbing and electric lines pass through walls, and look for any cracks or gaps around doors and windows that could be sealed. Then use Stay Away Mice repellent in your home to create an invisible barrier that will keep mice out. Thanks for reading!

  10. We found one small pellet that looked like a large black sesame seed. It was perfectly smooth and tapered at one end and rounded at the other (just like a sesame seed) it was very hard and crumbled when crushed. Could it be a mouse poop? Would they be perfectly smooth like that? Or would they always be pitted and granular like feces? Very worried!

    • Hi Alison, it sounds like you found something that was quite old. I would keep an eye out for any more signs of mice, but hopefully the situation has resolved itself! Thanks for reading!

  11. We keep finding 1 or 2 “droppings” and only 1 or 2 at a time..never near food, in silverware drawers, on a desk, what could it be? we have set sticky traps and caught nothing. We’ve cleaned with bleach wipes, changed out drawer liners….any suggestions?

    • That sounds very frustrating! Inspect your home for any openings rodents may use to get in and out like gaps around doors or windows, uncovered dryer vents, etc… Seal any openings you find with steel wool and silicone caulk (rodents will chew through foam sealants). Then consider keeping a few pouches of Stay Away Mice in the areas where you have seen droppings or other signs of rodent activity. The scent will repel their highly developed sense of smell, causing them to avoid the area. Please don’t hesitate to email customercare@earthkind.com or call (800)583-2921 M-F 8-4:30 EST if you need any more assistance. Thanks for reading!

  12. I had a mouse in my house about 9 months ago and we noticed right away, it was in the kitchen first and I have a keen ear and kept hearing little noice while everything was quite and a bag of chips was chewed on. I also saw droppings, well now I saw a couple of droppings one by my lamp about 2 weeks ago, 1 by a dresser I moved cleaned and folded some clothes I rearranged and just 1 today by my bed, I moved my hand and touched it. I haven’t heard anything or saw anything in my kitchen were they usually run to, to get food. All the droppings have being in my room. Could these be since I rearranged room and droppings from the mouse I had before or how can I find out. I checked my room and see nothing but the dropping from today in my bed has my a lil worried or is it even a dropping or something else and my mind is just playing dirty tricks on me being that I’d hate to have a mouse again.

    • That sounds very stressful! Fresh mouse droppings will appear black in color, but older droppings may have a dried out appearance with a whitish coloring. You may want to keep a pouch of Stay Away Mice in your room for extra protection and prevention, plus it’ll leave a fresh minty scent behind for you to enjoy. Thanks for reading!

  13. I know i have a mouse but can’t get it. Don’t even see it except for dropping’s.
    I have a cat and thought he would get it.
    What to do? What to use that won’t harm my cat.
    I am frustrated with dropping’s and knowing the little guy is still in my home. Help!

    • Diane, you’re in the right place! Our products are safe to use around pets and will serve as an eviction notice for mice. Stay Away Mice uses a fresh minty scent to repel mice who have very sensitive noses and don’t like the fragrance. Just place a few pouches in the areas where you are seeing droppings and the mice will leave on their own. Thanks for reading!

  14. We were away for three months. When arriving home I found tiny black ( looked like seeds from rye bread) things in my didhtowel drawer and also in my night stand amongst my sunglasses, in the bedroom. Frustrating! What do you think I should do?

  15. I dont know if i have a mouse, I keep finding one random dropping in random places. found one on a step and another in my pantry. Its one single dropping looks tinier than a piece of rice and is round at both end.

  16. Hi
    I never see a mouse in my house but I keep finding about 8 drops After couple weeks I cleaned out the old drops…I put so many trap and never caugh any… people suggest that might be belong to the Cockroach ? Plz help… I have nightmares over these drops behind my stove and refrigerator… where can I get the away pouches that u recommend?

    • Hi Lavonne,
      That sounds very distressing! It’s hard to say what pest left the droppings without more information about the size, shape, color, etc… Take note of this information in case you need it later. You can find Stay Away pest repellents at home and garden stores across the United States like Lowe’s or Ace Hardware. You can also order online from our site here. Please let us know if you have any more questions.
      Thanks for commenting!

  17. I am housesitting for a friend who has been away for a year. In that time, I have discovered a problem with fleas and mice. I had an exterminator come and treat for fleas. He also put bait boxes out for mice and rats. I had caught 5 mice with snap traps previously but have not caught anymore since he came. Then last week,I discovered a large amount of droppings spread out over an 8”to 12”squared area on a bedroom carpet,spreading into a closet in the same room where I had caught the mice. I would say there were over 100 droppings. I could not identify them definitely as mouse droppings as they were about 1/2 inch long and very slender,like grains of rice,but very long ones. They were pointed at both ends. They look too long for mice, but too small for rat. I would appreciate your insights on this mystery. Thank you!

    • Hi Deb,
      That is a confounding mystery! Speculation is very difficult without more information, like how long the droppings have been there, etc… They do sound larger than mice droppings. Perhaps you can get the exterminator’s input?
      Thanks for commenting!

  18. I have been finding what I believe are micr droppings (3-4 at a time) in the exact same location on my kitchen floor, right at the baseboard of my cabinets. It appears the mice are even active during the day. The only temptation I can think of would be my dogs water/food bowls are very nearby. Do you have a recommendation for a product to be used in an area such as this that would rid me of the mouse/mice?

    • Hi Kat,
      Dog food is a mouse’s #1 favorite food. If possible, try storing the food in an airtight container and only giving pets the amount they need at meal times. Our rodent repellents are safe around animals when used as directed. You can keep a pouch of Fresh Cab Rodent Repellent (which has an outdoorsy, Christmas tree like scent) or Stay Away Mice (which has a minty, herbal aroma) wherever your pets eat, food is stored, or rodents have been seen.
      Thanks for commenting!

  19. I have found a rusty brown in color mouse pellet in my pan cabinet in the kitchen. We had our counters replaced about 1 month ago and found where we had a mouse issue. However, I keep randomly finding rusty colored poop (1 pellet) at a time. Is this old mouse poop? Thank you!

    • Courtney,
      That is strange, and annoying too I bet. It does sound like you solved the mouse issue and are just left to clean up the mess now. If you find multiple droppings near one another, or clustered in a specific area, or if they appear shiny and black, that is when to worry about an active infestation. For now, follow the CDC guidelines for cleaning up after mice.
      Thank you for your comments!

  20. Hi. We have been trying all kinds of things to get rid of rats in the house but nothing helps. Several people in the neighborhood are having the same problem . I’m very concerned because we find droppings daily and I don’t know what to do. Also I’m very concerned about liquid droppings everywhere , it looks like red liquid and I try to wash it with water and bleach but the spots won’t come off. The wood floor is ruined. What can I do ?

    • Hi Mary,
      That sounds very frustrating! The most important steps you (and your neighbors) can take to reduce rats is to make sure they don’t have easy access to food. Rats will eat pet food, and even dog feces that is left sitting outside. Make sure pets are fed only at meal times and they are cleaned up after promptly. Use trash cans with tight fitting lids too. For proven rodent protection, place a pouch of Fresh Cab Rodent Repellent anywhere you need to get rid of rats.
      Thanks for commenting!

  21. I have found 2 very small mice pellet colors are black firstly behind my microwave , weeks later on my stove and just today 2 small ones on the edge of my bed. I wanna know why when i don’t eat on my bed? And my stove and behind my microwave is kept cleaned . Plus my landlord said he bombs every now and then … please help thank you

    • Hi Latia,
      Mice are very curious creatures, and could have just been passing through the area while they look for a nice place to call home. Since you have only seen a couple droppings at a time, you are probably not dealing with a heavy infestation, just a few mice who were exploring the area. You should still follow the CDC guidelines for cleaning up after mice to protect yourself from diseases. For added protection, consider keeping a pouch of Stay Away Mice repellent in the areas where you’ve seen signs of mice.
      Thanks for commenting!

  22. We were in Montana at a church camp recently cleaning cabins in the mountains. Swept up mouse poop without wearing masks or anything. Found out about hantavirus after and am now freaking out about getting it..

    • Hi Ginger,
      Although that is the type of setting where Hantavirus could be transmitted, try not to freak out. Hantavirus is serious, but pretty rare. Please review the symptoms of Hantavirus, and contact your medical provider if you’re not feeling well. If you do seek medical attention, make sure to tell them about the rodent exposure.
      Thanks for commenting!

  23. Hi Rita. I hope you can help me as I am worried sick about the fact that I found one piece of mouse dropping, at least I hope it was mouse dropping, on my bottom sheet in my bed. I pulled my top sheet back and saw it lying there. I was horrified at the thought that a rodent has been in my bed.
    I do have an air conditioning vent directly above my bed. I wondered if it could have fallen from there but I cant really believe that. I wondered if I had picked it up on my shoe from somewhere and then picked it up on my bare feet and taken it into my bed. Please help me as I wont sleep in that bed anymore. So distressed. How could one piece of pooh have ended up between two sheets unless the rodent was in my bed.? My husband says it would be impossible but I don’t believe him. He knows I am terrified of rodents. My home is immaculate and I watch out for rodent signs like a mad woman. I am terrified of them. I would appreciate any explanation you can offer.
    Many thanks.
    Lynn C.

    • Hi Lynette,
      That does sound quite odd. It sounds like you are doing all the right things in keeping your home neat and tidy so it won’t be very appealing to pests. I would have to guess that a dropping, or something that looked like one, was tracked into your bed on the bottom of someone’s foot. Keep an eye out for any other signs of an infestation, like strange sounds or gnaw marks. For added protection (and peace of mind), you can keep a scent based repellent in your room.
      Thanks for commenting!

  24. I seen a mouse in my kitchen I thinking of getting peppermint oil I haven’t seen dropping but I believe they are hiding behind my stove also I’m thinking of buying sonic pet chaser I never lived in a apartment with mice or anything also i heave bad health problems Immune system is bad and I’m doing home dialysis is this danger having mice???

    • Hi Sandra,
      Having mice in a home does present some risks, so you definitely want to give that mouse an eviction notice! Peppermint oil works sometimes, but its hard to get the right amount and keep it fresh and fragrant so that it will last. Stay Away Mice repellent pouches use a blend of scents, including mint, and they take the guesswork out of how much to use and how long it will last. One or two pouches per room (depending on size) should last at least 30 days. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have anymore questions: call (800)583-2921 M-F 8-4:30 EST or email customercare@earthkind.com anytime.
      Thanks for commenting!

  25. Is the Stay Away pest repellents that you suggest pet friendly? I have a dog & don’t want to use anything that will hurt her.


    • Hi Kim,
      All of our products are made from plant fiber and botanical oils. There are no harmful chemicals so there is little to no risk for people or pets. There’s no need to worry when using Stay Away.
      Thanks for commenting!

  26. Caught 3 mice in the last month!! Two house mice one deer mouse. Now I have another one. Eats pb off of traps every night but never triggers them. I’m worried about getting hantavirus from just walking through my house every morning

    • Hi Scott,
      Hantavirus isn’t very common, but it is serious. Your best line of defense is a strong offense. Instead of giving mice a free meal, get rid of the yummy smelling peanut butter and try a scent based rodent repellent like Stay Away Mice or Fresh Cab. Both products use the scent of botanical oils to overwhelm the highly developed sense of smell rodents use to navigate, find food, and detect danger. Mice will avoid treated areas. Don’t hesitate to call (800)583-2921 M-F 8-4:30 EST or email customercare@earthkind.com anytime if you have more questions.
      Thanks for commenting!

  27. Hello! I just found two tiny mouse droppings on the top of my upholstered spare bed headboard. There aren’t any anywhere else. When I got the off with a wet wipes, I pressed them between my fingers (and the wet wipe obviously) and they were rock solid! They were black and really hard. I’m questioning if they were droppings as it seemed strange that there were only two and none on the floor…. I would love you opinion!

    • Hi Gina,
      Only finding two is a bit odd, but mice can be pretty sneaky! Keep an eye out for any other signs like strange odors, gnaw marks on fabric, furniture, or packaging, and strange sounds as you may hear mice moving around at night. For peace of mind, you can keep a few pouches of rodent repellent around your home for guaranteed protection against rodents.
      Thanks for commenting!

  28. Hi so I found one black pellet in my bed, and at night I feel like I hear sounds or something making cruncy noises with a bag. My mother believes there can’t be a mouse because they don’t stay in one place, but because we live in an apartment they could be in the walls. Do u believe we have mice or I’m just exaggerating. Thanks in advance!

    • Hi Najmah,
      It’s difficult to say for certain, but mice certainly can live in walls. Mice are difficult to manage in apartment buildings since you can’t control the choices your neighbors make. Mysterious nighttime noises are often an indicator of a pest problem though. Keeping a pouch of rodent repellent will prevent mice from entering your apartment, and give you peace of mind.
      Thanks for commenting!

  29. I found and killed one single house mouse in December 2016 and then began taking steps to prevent any further visitors, and they have seemed to work until now. Tarps were set up in the attic and caught two more house mice shortly after the first one was caught, then nothing since, all gaps around pipes and such things sealed on the outside, bait stations and repellent used outside the house, traps set up throughout the basement (where the first one was found), and all possible openings and cracks sealed with steel wool THEN caulk in the basement. All traps have been empty ever since I placed them, including all the ones in the storage room of the basement, from where I believe the first mouse came. The other day, I found several (10-12) small black things spread out over a carpeted area, about 5×2 feet, in the basement, by the wall. This wall is partial and has a huge bay window on top and has the backyard directly behind it. I’ve found plenty of bugs here before. They were completely round and far smaller than any dropping I’ve ever seen (we’ve had mice before). Upon touching and pushing them (with wipes), they disintegrated like if you stepped on a bug. They didn’t crumble and were not hard to the touch (they weren’t really “sift” either). They didn’t really resemble bugs but I’m not the expert – could dead bugs in the larvae stage or could bug droppings look like this? All my research indicates that mouse droppings are bigger than this and definitely not perfectly circular – they should resemble small black grains of rice. Is this true?

    • Hi Amy,
      You really know what you’re talking about, great work! You are correct that mouse droppings look similar in size and shape to a grain of rice, and are usually black in color. The small black things you’ve found in your basement don’t sound like mouse droppings. We’d love to hear your insights once you solve this mystery!
      Thanks for reading!

  30. It’s 3am, and i can not go to sleep coz just the noght before my husband discovered that there’s a mouse in the basement we’re currently living in. We’ve been here almost 3 months and this is the first time we’ve heard the scratching at night and the droppings in two different locations. We’ a family of five so there is definitely some clutter which needs cleaning up asap.
    The exhaust vent grill in the bathroom has been hanging off the ceiling for a couple of days (no clue how that happened consistently the basement is newly developed) but do you think the mouse or micr may have entered the basement through there? I’ve taped it up for now and have my finger crossed that it will hopefully prevent more mice from entering. Please advise! Thanks from Canada! ??

    • Hi Reema,
      We’re so sorry to hear you’ve been losing sleep because of mice! Firmly attaching the exhaust vent is important for pest control and prevention. Unfortunately, our products are not currently available for sale in Canada, but we still have lots of resources to help with pest proofing around the home. Reducing clutter when you have kids is very difficult, but it is vital when dealing with a pest problem. Please feel free to contact us for additional tips and tricks you can try at home.
      Thanks for commenting!

    • Hello,
      Fresh Cab and Stay Away Mice are sold in thousands of stores across the United States. You can search for a store near you using our Store Locator. Chains like Lowe’s, Ace, True Value and Target can often order our products from their distribution centers if its not in stock at your local store. You can also order online directly from us.
      Thanks for commenting!

  31. How do you know when you’ve gotten rid of you mouse problem? How long can they hide in your walls without coming out or us finding any droppings etc etc?

    • Hi Marc,
      An adult house mouse typically produces 50 to 75 droppings per day. Although some of them may be in hiding in the walls, you’re bound to see a few droppings as well as other signs of mice. The good news is that mice will notice the scent of our repellent just as quickly as you do. While rodents may return to investigate the area and see if the scent is still there, they will not linger or nest in treated areas.
      Thanks for commenting!

  32. Last year we found 2 dead mice in enclosed basement room, hubby disposed but this year we found one dead again. I’m trying to go through the boxes & on a 3rd shelf rack from bottom I see a line of maybe 4-5 droppings and saw 1 dropping on top of a box on the floor. How do I know if it’s from the 3 dead mice we discarded or these are new poop? I noticed on the table where one body was found the droppings near it are still there, hubby confirmed he didn’t touch or dispose of droppings last year. Since I’m trying to purge & cleanup to move I’m worried can mice climb or jump? I’ve avoided this enclosed basement room since last years 1st corpse finding. We’ve also made sure to lock the area, which happens to be below the garage which might be where the mice came from (saw some opening on the wall). I don’t want to touch the poop, or bring out fumes. If the mice entered any boxes of paper, what should I look for? Is their steps harmful and poisonous to me keeping the documents? I want to vacuum the carpet but also afraid to bring up fumes so have not done anything yet. Should I vacuum? Should I try to squish the poop to see outcome (scared to do). If I buy Stay away now & put it out, is it too late to rid rodent? Part of me wishes & wants to believe these are all old residue, but I need guidance.

    • Hi Lana,
      New mouse droppings may have an almost shiny black appearance while older droppings will look dried out, and may appear lighter in color. Please follow CDC guidelines for cleaning up after rodents to prevent risk of disease. The risk of contracting an illness from where a mouse stepped is low, but if they left urine or saliva behind, the risk may be higher. Keeping a pouch of rodent repellent nearby will bring you peace of mind and help prevent reinfestation.
      Thanks for reading!

  33. I have heard a mouse in my bedroom and removed any food items from access able areas.
    My dog used to hear it. My problem is that my dog has a ruby nose and sneezes at night only.
    Could it be from mice or mouse droppings?

    • Hi Suzanne,
      It’s hard to say if a mouse is responsible for your dog sneezing since there are so many other factors to consider. I would suggest following up with your veterinarian if your dog continues to have strange symptoms. For peace of mind, you may want to keep a pouch of Stay Away Mice in rodent prone areas such as where you’ve seen mice before and where you store your dog food.
      Thanks for reading!

  34. I believe we have a mouse issue in our house and it just showed up 3 months ago. I tried the sonic repellent today and one dogs didn’t want to come back into the house and sat by the door and hyperventilate. I have some confined decon traps out, but what else can I try if the sonic doesn’t work??

    • Hi Tina,
      Trying to get rid of mice when you have pets can be very stressful. Our repellents are made without any harmful chemicals or mechanisms that would upset your pets. Even so, we still advise pet owners to watch for any changes in behavior since some animals are more sensitive to scents than others. The best way to get rid of mice is to act like a detective and find out where they are coming from and what they are attracted to. Rodents love to eat dog food, so start by making sure extra food is stored in an airtight chew-proof container. Only feed your pets at mealtimes so no extra food is left out to attract pests. Mice can sneak in through extremely small openings (the size of a pencil eraser!), so make sure to fill and cracks, gaps or holes with steel wool and silicone caulk. For proven protection, keep a few pouches of Fresh Cab anywhere you’ve seen signs of mice.
      Thanks for reading!

  35. I have found a black sticky substance on our floor tiles that I cannot place. We also have noises in our roof at night. Do we have a problem?

    • Hi Lauren,
      It’s difficult to determine what kind of a problem you may be facing without more information. Are you able to investigate your roof to see if there are more signs of pests up there such as droppings, odors, or possible entry points? Please feel free to contact us by phone (800)583-2921 M-F 8-4:30 EST or email customercare@earthkind.com anytime so we can discuss this further.
      Thanks for reading!

    • Hi Gabby,
      Try not to let fear overwhelm you. Although diseases from mice can be serious, they don’t occur all of the time. To help fix the problem, remember our 3 step plan for getting rid of mice: 1. Clean up – clear away clutter that rodents may use for nesting material or to hide behind, and clean up any food items that may serve as food source for pests; 2. Seal up – look for any potential entry points mice may be using to get inside and seal with steel wool and silicone caulk; 3. Pouch up – place our rodent repellent pouches in areas where you’ve seen mice to make sure they stay away.
      Thanks for reading!

  36. I have found several flat black spots around my house…on my formal dining table, wood floor, kids toys, etc. (Maybe 15-20). I’m not sure they are mouse droppings. They are flat, black, almost look like the tip of a candle wick. Are they from a mouse???

    • Hi Nicole,
      That sounds very strange! It is hard to say if they are mouse droppings or not since we have very little information to work with. Mouse droppings are very similar in size and shape to a grain of rice, so they are not usually flat as you described. I would suggest being on alert for any other signs of mice such as gnaw marks, musty odors and any scratching or squeaking sounds at night when mice are most active.
      Thanks for reading!

  37. I found poop, put some traps in the whole kitchen and closed the basement door, that I was leaving open for a few long weeks. I did clean and moved everything and sealed cracks and put glue traps, I found a death the mice in the second floor, but not in the glue traps. Why? Maybe, because I block the exits? Should I expect more unvited guests? After found that one, I haven’t caught anything, yet

    • Hi Deborah,
      It sounds like you did the right things to get rid of mice, great job! Keeping a pouch of our rodent repellent is an easy way to make sure no more mice continue making unexpected visits. We would advise against the traps however, as they usually contain some type of attractant to lure the mice in — that is the opposite of what we want; we are trying to keep mice out.
      Thanks for reading!

  38. I just found 4/5 mouse droppings on our patio table. I wiped the table down and we had lunch there, but after looking this up, I’m worried that we shouldn’t sit out there! Also, I did touch one to see if it was just a seed.

    They were not there yesterday and as i said, there were no more than 5. Should I be concerned?

    • Hi Jenny,
      Keep calm and remember that knowledge is power. Although there are risks associated with mouse poop, you shouldn’t worry yourself sick. Read up on the CDC website about diseases transmitted by rodents and talk to your doctor if you notice any unusual symptoms. To prevent future contact with rodents, keep a pouch of Stay Away Mice anywhere you’ve seen signs of mice activity.
      Thanks for reading!

  39. Last week, I thought I saw a mouse scurrying along the bedroom wall, but wasn’t 100% sure. So, I looked all over the house for mouse droppings and found none. No scent of urine, either. Then yesterday, I came home to find a dead mouse on the kitchen floor. How can I know whether there are more and which direction they came from, if I don’t see any droppings?

    • Hi Jamie,
      Mice are very difficult to get rid of because it is hard to know where they are hiding or how many there are. You almost have to act like a detective to solve a mouse problem! It sounds like you already know what signs to look for: strange sounds like scurrying and scratching, musty odors, and droppings. Also keep an eye out from gnaw marks if mice are chewing on any boxes or stored items around your home, and for oily smudge marks down low along the paths and runways they may travel. If you’ve seen one mouse, you should assume there are more that you can’t see. For proven protection and prevention against mice, place a few pouches of Stay Away Mice in the areas where you suspect rodent activity.
      Thanks for reading!

  40. I found just a few mouse dropping maybe 4-5.
    Some were blueish/ green in color possibly due to position I place around.
    However, the droppings were hard but did crumble when touched with gloves it became flat or broke in two two pieces.
    Does that mean the dropping are fresh?

    • Hi Jennifer,
      Colored droppings seem strange, I haven’t heard of that before. However, the fact that they crumbled (thank goodness you were wearing gloves!) leads me to believe they were old. Fresh droppings would be more malleable, like dough, whereas old droppings are drier and will crumble or break. Once you have cleaned the area (following CDC guidelines of course), think about adding a pouch of rodent repellent for added protection.
      Thanks for reading!

    • Hi Mike,
      Fresh droppings are a bit moist, similar to clay or dough, although not exactly wet. Older droppings are drier and may crumble when disturbed. I hope that answers your questions.
      Thanks for reading!

  41. I have had mouse problems in the past, and most recently i have had one mouse in my bedroom. I caught that one in a trap and the next night before i could start cleaning (i had been very busy the day after the first mouse died) i saw a second one running around. Every single mouse i’ve seen in my house are deer mice, which is scary for hantavirus reasons. Its easy to tell a deer mouse by the white bellies they have. Anyway, this latest mouse running about in my bedroom is completely ignoring the traps i have set up, which is strange because i thought mice liked peanut butter. I know you don’t recommend the peanut butter traps but they have caught the mice in the past. This one however completely ignores the peanut butter. I unfortunately do not have a job or money with which to buy things and am wondering what to do. Thanks.

    • Hi Tyson,
      We don’t generally encourage the use of peanut butter and traps because they “work” by attracting mice. Since our goal is to get rid of mice, attracting them (even into a trap) is the opposite of what we’re trying to do. Instead, we suggest getting rid of anything that may attract mice and blocking any entry points they may use to get into your home. You can find more tips and a helpful guide to download here: How to Get Rid of Mice in Your Home
      Thanks for reading!

  42. I found old droppings in two drawers in a cabinet. There were a lot in the top drawer and a few in a bottom drawer, I can’t find any more any where. There is no chewed boxes in the pantry, there are no droppings around the kitchen, there was a random dropping in the lower section of the cabinet below the two drawers, but I took a good look around and couldn’t find anything else. We don’t hear anything like squeaks or scurrying. Should I be worried or is this like a freak incident?

    • Hi Laura,
      Hopefully since the droppings were old, the mice have moved on to a more suitable location — like outdoors! You’ve done a good job looking and listening for other clues. However, mice leave scent trails to let their friends and family know if they’ve found a safe place to build a winter home or a reliable food source. I would suggest you review the CDC guidelines for cleaning up after mice, and then place a few pouches of our botanical rodent repellent in the areas where you’ve seen droppings or signs of mice just to make sure you don’t have any uninvited house-guests.
      Thanks for reading!

  43. my infant daughter picked one of those and put it in her mouth , my wife rushed immediately and removed it and cleaned her mouth ,

    what should we do

    • Hello Abbas,

      Thank you for your inquiry. We are so sorry to hear. That must have been scary for both of you. Glad to hear that your wife was able to react quickly to remove the dropping. We recommend contacting your pediatrician immediately for more information. They will be able to provide the correct guidance. In the meantime continue monitoring your daughter for obvious health changes (i.e. fever, diarrea, skin changes, etc.). Some health insurance cards have a nurse line on the back of the card. Your closest urgent care unit or emergency room may have an emergency line as well. Please keep us posted. We are here to help. You may contact us at customercare@earthkind.com

      Thanks for reading!

  44. Hi,
    I keep finding white round spots on the floor of our kitchen! Even though I mop. They seem to be increasing in frequency.
    Is this rodent wee?!
    How can I post a picture so you can check?
    Thanks in advance!

    • Hello Laura,

      Thank you for reaching out! We would love to see photos, but identification can be difficult due to a variety of factors.

      Mice urine has a distinct ammonia smell, this may help you distinguish if it is or not. You can also shine a black-light on the area; if it glows then you will know it is urine!

      We recommend to read the CDC guidelines for cleaning up after rodents Cleaning Up After Rodents to prevent risk of disease. It is best not to use the same mop to clean other areas. Use gloves, and disinfectant solution (or bleach).

      If you do find that you are having problems with mice, we recommend Fresh Cab which has protected farms and families Since 1995. You might also try Stay Away Mice, which is an alternative with a lighter scent– perfect for use in your living spaces.

      Thank you for reading!

  45. Hi,

    I was just wondering, do you ever find just one dropping? We had a mouse problem about 8 months ago that was taken care of by an exterminator. But I was taking the cushions off of the couch yesterday and discovered a cushion had been gnawed a little bit. Upon further inspection, I found a singe mouse/rat dropping underneath the mattress of the pull-out part of the couch. It was black, but rock hard. Do you think it could be from the previous problem? We haven’t had any other signs, and I have no idea how it would have gotten in without leaving a trail of droppings. I’m freaking out!

    Thanks for your help!

    • Hello Megan,

      Finding just one dropping is unusual. If it is in fact a mouse dropping and it was hard, it must have been at least a few days old. This could possibly be left behind from the previous infestation, but it’s hard to say. Start by taking the time to make sure you’ve blocked off potential entry points, sealed up and properly stored any food that may attract pests, and when in doubt, pouch it up. Using some Fresh Cab or Stay Away Mice in those hard to reach areas may give you some peace of mind.

      If you’re still feeling uneasy, feel free to share photos with us on social media (just be sure to tag us @earthkindinc) or consult a local Pest Control Pro.

      Good luck, and thanks for reading!

  46. So we 100% have mice, we can hear them in the walls at night and very rarely see them inside. We get mice once every few years and we end up trapping a lot of them and eventually the problem sorts itself out. I was cleaning my computer desk and found tiny black pellets that I’m not certain if they’re mice droppings. These things were hard as rock and would not crumble under strong pressure, I put on gloves and tried to crack or break them between my nails and they didn’t budge at all. Was this just maybe some old food or is it poop?

    • Hello Mister Gengar,

      Thank you for reaching out. Old mice droppings will crumble upon contact. I am listing below a few details that will help you identify mice droppings. You can also share pictures with us via social media; make sure to tag us @earthkindinc.

      · Ranges in size from 3/16 to ¼ inch long — similar to a grain of rice, with pointed ends
      · Color varying from blackish brown to gray depending on how old it is and the diet of the mouse
      · Fresh droppings are black, turning brown over the next week, and changing to grey over time
      · If a rodent has consumed pesticide from a bait station, the droppings may be the same color as the bait
      · Older rodent droppings will crumble upon contact, while fresh droppings will be soft and malleable (never touch droppings with your bare hands)
      · Mice can leave behind 50-75 pellets per day. The number and size of droppings you see can help you determine the severity and type of pest problem you are facing

      Please note that the CDC does not recommend sweeping or vacuuming mouse droppings without following the prescribed steps so it is important that you take the necessary precautions.

      We recommend FreshCab to keep them away from your home.

      Thank you for reading!

  47. My cats we’re hanging out in front of the stove last week and sure enough a mouse run out from under the stove and went under my dish washer. I have the kind of dish washer the you hooeup to the kitchen faucet. I put out some electronic traps on the side and back of the dishwasher along the wall I also put traps behind and next to my stove and next to the refrigerator as well I also have rodent repellent bags under all the appliances in the kitchen etc. I have not seen any droppings anywhere and there are no droppings under or inside of the dishwasher. Is it possible that it left?

    • Hi Mike!

      It certainly is possible the mice have moved on. Keeping a cat and using rodent repellent pouches should strongly discourage rodent activity. You can also inspect the walls, windows and doors in the area to make sure there are no openings rodents might use to get inside. Pay special attention along the foundation of the building outside, and around plumbing, cable and electrical lines that pass through the walls.
      Generally speaking, we do not recommend using traps because many of them contain some type of bait or attractant to lure mice in. Taking steps to block rodent entry points and removing any food sources mice might have such as uncovered trash bins or a dish of pet food that is always full will help to prevent mice. Adding the proven protection of our rodent repellent should make sure your home stays mouse free.

      Thanks for reading!

  48. Found mice droppings throughout my garage & it was all over boxes out clothes, furniture etc. I will probably throw out the loveseat that was there but as far as clothing, after safely removing the droppings, can I wash the clothes amd it will be safe? Or should I also dispose of the clothing and pretty much anything I found that had their droppings on it?

    • Hi Ana,
      So sorry to hear about your situation! You can protect yourself from disease and clean up the mess without having to throw everything out. Per the CDC instructions:
      -Steam clean or shampoo upholstered furniture and carpets with evidence of rodent exposure.
      -Wash any bedding and clothing with laundry detergent in hot water if exposed to rodent urine or droppings.
      Please make sure to sign up for our newsletter so you’ll get special offers and discounts to prevent future infestations.

      Thanks for reading!

  49. For the past month I have been struggling with a mouse problem. We caught one mouse and then a week later we caught another one. It’s now been 3 weeks and haven’t since seen another one. But we now found mouse droppings behind my couch and under my kitchen sink. They were hard, black and crumbled when I applied pressure to it. I’m not sure if this is from before or if it’s a new mouse. We haven’t heard anything unusual and the traps are still up and nothing has been caught.

    • Hi Pamela,

      I’m sorry to hear about your situation. Mice can be very sneaky and very persistent; they may have figured out how to avoid your traps, or found an alternate food source. For proven protection, we recommend keeping a pouch of botanical rodent repellent anywhere you have seen signs of mice. The pouches will repel any mice that are in the area and prevent reinfestation for about 30 days. Replace the pouches when their scent has diminished.

      Thanks for reading!

  50. I saw a small mound of fluff on my floor. When I picked it up, it crumbled like ash in my fingers. It was near my stove & I’m scared it was old mouse poop. What should I do?

    • Hi Joy,

      Well, I’ve never heard mouse poop described as “fluff” so it’s possible you’re dealing with something else — a dust bunny maybe? There’s nothing wrong with being cautious though, so please take a moment to review the CDC guidelines for cleaning up after rodents and then keep a pouch of botanical rodent repellent in the area to make sure mice stay away.

      Thanks for reading!

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