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Forum topic by Ken Fitzpatrick posted 12-31-2011 10:14 PM 1190 views 0 times favorited 33 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Ken Fitzpatrick

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12-31-2011 10:14 PM

Since this is the only site I belong to, and since I have spent almost the entire afternoon looking for an answer, I thought I would post this and ask for advice.

I have what appears to be droppings that are black and very moist in varying lenghts that smell musty. Several months ago I found the same thing but quite a bit more, mounded on itself and much more musty smelling. We don’t use this room in our home and there is a door that has weather stripping on the bottom that seperates it from the rest of our home.

My first inclination was to believe it was some type of mold. I cleaned up every thing I could placing it in a plastic bag sealing it and putting in the trash. I then used a comercial mold and mildew spray cleaner. With windows open and a little time the smell went away.

I went back in this morning to start to finish the room so that we could use it and found what is in the picture above. Internet pictures would lead one to believe that this is not mold but either spider or mouse droppings. If you look closely the very left side of the picture has a new dropping? that appears to have a fluid around it.

Needless to say this has me baffeled and would appreciate it if anyone who recognizes this could give me some info on what it is and how to permanently get rid of it.

I know this isn’t woodworking but it is actually keeping me from my woodworking worrying about getting rid of this problem.

Thanks in advance for any help you may be able to provide and a Happy New Year with Peace, Good Health and Happiness to all.

-- • "I have noticed that nothing I have never said ever did me any harm."....... Calvin Coolidge


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fussy

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#1 posted 01-01-2012 05:38 PM

Mouse.

Steve

-- Steve in KY. 44 years so far with my lovely bride. Think I'll keep her.

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#2 posted 01-01-2012 09:38 PM

Thanks Steve. I thought that might be what it was but was definately not sure. When I found it the first time it was in several large mounds like each was added. It was pasty like not hard at all. I thought mouse droppings were smaller and hard. Since we don’t have any other evidence of mice and there is no food in that room I couldnt understand how or why except that it has been cold.

-- • "I have noticed that nothing I have never said ever did me any harm."....... Calvin Coolidge

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#3 posted 01-01-2012 09:42 PM

Sorry… definitely NOT mouse. imho.

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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#4 posted 01-01-2012 09:49 PM

I think mouse, or other rodent. Do you live in urban or rural setting? COuld it be a squirrel?
http://www.wildlife-removal.com/squirrelpoop.html

-- My mother named me Hamilton, I have been trying to earn my nickname ever since.

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#5 posted 01-01-2012 10:10 PM

I guess some people have never dealt with mouse droppings, to say that’s what those things are…... yikes! God does not exist. Nope, not squirrel poops either, which are oval-football-ish in shape.

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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#6 posted 01-01-2012 10:47 PM

Ok now we are going to get to the bottom of this. My lovely wife of 41 years watched me going through all this research on the internet and posting. She said to me why don’t you use your IP Cam and just leave it there to see what it is. Brilliant!!!!

I have an IP Cam (wireless) for security in my shop. It has motion sensor detection so if it comes and its alive it will trigger the camera. It will do a 25 sec video (5 seconds before motion starts from cache) and also take pics. It sends a notice with a pic to my Iphone. The cam has infrared for night view. It is really sensative so much so that it caught a “rod” (flying bug) going across the shop. That was a lot of fun trying to identify what it was but my grandson Tyler actually knew exactly what a rod was. Sure enough pics on the web proved he was right.

The last few droppings seem fresh (fluid around the dropping) so hopefully we will see pretty soon. If we are lucky, I will be posting pics in the next day or so of what is leaving that mess.

Thanks for all the replies I really appreciate it.

I you would like a sneak peak at the cam here is the address: http://24.34.32.212:1025/web/view.html
user: guest password: welcome8

Ken

-- • "I have noticed that nothing I have never said ever did me any harm."....... Calvin Coolidge

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#7 posted 01-02-2012 12:01 AM

Bat guano.

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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#8 posted 01-02-2012 01:56 AM

Like pk said…... if you’ve got a mouse (or even a rat) leaving droppings like that, you’d better pack up and leave. I’m not real sure what it is… maybe raccoon??? Whatever it is, try to be very careful when you are around it. Something like this could cause some very bad health problems. Ever watch that show “Monsters Inside Us…?”

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#9 posted 01-02-2012 02:07 AM

Check with your county extension office. They will know what it is and how to get rid of it

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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gfadvm

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#10 posted 01-02-2012 05:58 AM

Ken, We need some scale here. Are those turds smaller than a rice grain or bigger than a breadbox? I like your stealth cam idea. Be sure and post the pics as you have my interest for sure (especially if they’re bigger than a breadbox!).

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#11 posted 01-02-2012 06:10 AM

That looks very similar to some droppings I found in my shop that turned out to be from a chipmunk. Of course, I can’t tell without knowing the size dropping we are talking about. I, too, would be very interested to see what evidence the camera produces.

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#12 posted 01-02-2012 06:18 AM

IMO – Mouse, vole, rat etc. . It’s inside and off its’ normal diet – hence the abnormal poop. Have you found what it is eating? -Jack

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#13 posted 01-02-2012 07:48 AM

Most of these are less then a half inch in length and like a thin piece of string. The latest one seems to be thicker than most with fluid around it . Maybe William has something as we have tons of chipmunks around. I have no idea what it is eating as there is no food in the room and we haven’t seen any signs of droppings in our kitchen or other rooms for that matter. It does seem strange to me that any animal would keep coming back to the same spot to relieve themselves inside a house.

Oh well, the cam is working and hopefully during the night tonight we will get a hit. Either way the cam is staying there until we find out what this is.

Once again thanks to everyone who has responded.

Ken

-- • "I have noticed that nothing I have never said ever did me any harm."....... Calvin Coolidge

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#14 posted 01-02-2012 05:24 PM

What is directly above it? Ceiling, overhang. As per pk—bat roost?

-- MrAl

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Ken Fitzpatrick

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#15 posted 01-02-2012 09:14 PM

No hits on the IP Cam last night but I’m not giving up. It WILL be back.

Alan it is a completely enclosed fully insulated/sheet rocked room in my house. I’m putting in the baseboard next week after I paint it.

Anyone can log on to see for themselves at the address and logon info above.

-- • "I have noticed that nothing I have never said ever did me any harm."....... Calvin Coolidge

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