What Do Racoon Droppings Look Like
Photographs of Raccoon Poop
- 1 Photographs of Raccoon Poop
- 2 How to Identify Raccoon Poop
- 3 How to Identify the Feces
- 4 What do raccoon droppings look like ?
- 5 Raccoon Feces
- 6 How to Help Keep Raccoons Off of Your Property
- 7 Should You Try to Remove Raccoon Feces Yourself?
- 8 Identify Raccoon Poop, Its Danger, and How to Handle It
RACCOON POOP DESCRIPTION: Fairly large, like dog poo. Averages 3/4 inch in diameter. The sides are usually textured, and the tips are often rounded or broken off. The surefire giveaway is if there are berries in the poop. Raccoon feces commonly have berries, so if you see them, it’s definitely raccoon.
The above image of raccoon feces was photographed in the attic of a house with a raccoon problem. I was able to identify the type of animal by inspecting the turds. Once I know what type of critter is in the house or the crawlspace, ceiling, yard, or any other part of the property, I can take the proper steps to get rid of the unwanted wildlife.
Does raccoon poop cause any health risk or disease concerns? Yes. Raccoon Roundworm in both people and pets is caused by contact with infected raccoon feces, which can pass the eggs to humans. Contracting this disease occurs by ingestion or even inhalation of the eggs. Infection of humans can lead to larval parasites, which affect the central nervous system. In addition to roundworm, Giardia lamblia is a protozoan causing diarrhea, and is caused by ingesting food or water contaminated by raccoon excrement. Raccoon Roundworm — What is it?
The above picture is part of a raccoon latrine — lots of feces and pee. I have more pics of raccoon poop here on my website, or I can send some more to you if you write to me. I don’t think anyone else out there has as many images of raccoon poop and droppings as me — I often take photos of animal droppings to show the customer what kind of animal they have, and so that they can decide if they need me to clean up the raccoon waste, the scat and urine, and decontaminate. If you need to know how to identify raccoon poop, pictures such as the ones above are the best bet, but you can take a photograph and send it to me, and I’ll tell you what kind of animal droppings you have.
How do I clean up the raccoon latrine? You must remove the feces by hand, including any soiled and dirty insulation and bag it in plastic bags. Be sure to wear gloves and a HEPA respirator mask, and even a Tyvek suit. I then spray / fog the area with a special enzyme cleaner, but any good disinfectant will suffice for some of it. To kill raccoon roundworm, you need a special cleaner. Read more info on my: attic cleanup and restoration page.
Customer email about raccoon poo:
Hello, Thank you for all the work you have put into informing the public about animals in the wrong places. I am in the tree service business and have minimal experience with live trapping. We bought our house in 1991 and at the time, the home was vacant for 3 years. We are in Grosse Pointe, Michigan and are near a large, old wooded golf coarse. When we got the house, it had many problems, one was infestation. Ants, mice, and Raccoons. The attic was absolutely full of raccoon shit, and mouse crap too. The elderly women that owned the house fed the birds (religiously) and boarded cats and dogs for people. I found four inches of rotten bird feed in the sub floor in the garage storage closets. The exterminator (at the time) said «It was the largest population of mice in a devilling I have ever encountered». We had a raccoon in the attic and it was finally eliminated (live trapped and relocated). The house (a one story ranch) had screened in air vents (under the overhangs) that I put a double layer of 1/4″ hardware cloth over and new moldings that proved to discourage entry. Since then, no problems until 3 years ago, when I found them under our deck, nesting inside a window well. The female had pups and we watched them age (through the glass in the basement). When fall came, and they went to make their own way, I put a few moth balls out and closed off the entry way and thought, problem solved. Last month while pruning a tree, I found (on the other side of the house) an entry way in the overhang air vent (that was never re-enforced with the hardware cloth upgrade. dumbass). My eleven year old daughters’ bedroom is right under that part of the attic and we here the goings on at dawn and dusk. This house has a very low angle roof line and almost a flat roof (Frank Lloyd Wright style). The attic is more a belly crawl space and really complicated the last removal efforts. I don’t think I can reach the raccoon latrine. In the north, when do you think the cubs will be moving on? I have a nice, big, Havahart live trap. Jim
My response: Raccoon cubs move on in 6 months, but I’d try to get them out sooner, by manual removal, because you don’t want that racoon feces building up in your attic.
How to Identify Raccoon Poop
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Recognizing if raccoons are inhabiting your area is important because of the destructive nature of these animals and also because their feces may transfer disease to humans and pets. Raccoon droppings may carry the parasitic roundworm Baylisascaris procyonis, which can cause illness or death in humans. Here’s how to identify whether the droppings come from a raccoon, so you can take the necessary precautions.
How to Identify the Feces
Compare the raccoon droppings to that of a medium-sized dog. Raccoon poop looks much like dog feces: dark, tubular in shape, up to 1/2 inch or so in diameter and usually in well-formed, blunt segments. They many have a strong odor. Older feces can resemble dry leaves or a small pile of debris.
Observe (without touching) the contents of the feces. Poorly digested seeds and peelings of seasonal fruits are usually present. Berry seeds are a good indicator. Insects, such as grasshoppers and crickets, may be found in raccoon feces if they are abundant in your area.
Look for other evidence that raccoons live in the area to help verify that you have found raccoon droppings. There may be hair on fences or tree bark where they have been climbing. Young racoons often disturb areas near the base of trees where their dens are located. Overturned trashcans and other mischievous activities often indicate the presence of raccoons.
Use caution if you run across a raccoon latrine. These are areas that raccoons frequent, returning time and again to leave fresh feces on top of old droppings. Such latrines are often at the base of trees, along fence lines, woodpiles, on roofs or in unsealed attics.
The eggs of the Baylisascaris procyonis are resistant to most disinfectants. If raccoons have occupied your attic or a storage area, clean the area with a hypochlorite bleach solution after you have had them removed. Always use disposable rubber gloves, rubber boots that can be scrubbed and an N95-rated mask when cleaning raccoon feces.
What do raccoon droppings look like ?
May 01, 2011 5:13PM
Raccoons are omnivores so it is difficult to give a description
without knowing what the animal has been eating. The size and
consistency will resemble that from a similar sized dog or cat but
it will generally have a darker color and will not appear
«segmented». In the summer and fall, you will probably notice berry
Raccoons are known to sometimes carry pathogens that may cause disease, but did you know that many of these pathogens are actually carried in their feces? Raccoon feces are usually about two to three inches long, dark and tubular in shape. An easy way to tell dog feces from raccoon poop is to look for undigested food. Raccoon feces often contains pieces of undigested berries that can be easily seen.
Raccoons establish community latrines, which are sites where they repeatedly deposit droppings on top of old feces in one particular area. And since raccoons tend to be social animals that live in small communities for protection, the latrines are often quite large and easy to find.
As mentioned before, raccoon feces can carry pathogens that may cause disease. One of the biggest health risks is raccoon roundworms, which is also called Bayliscacaris procyonis. According to research by the University of Georgia, it can be difficult to diagnose, especially if the physician does not know about a past exposure to raccoon feces.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that Baylisascaris procyonis is a roundworm that can be harmful, even fatal to people. The roundworm eggs are passed in the feces of infected raccoons, and people can become infected by ingesting or even inhaling the eggs.
Once the eggs have entered into the body, they hatch into larvae that then move to different parts of the body. This can cause illness in a short amount of time. The University of Georgia says that symptoms of infection in humans can include:
- Liver enlargement
- Loss of coordination
- Loss of muscle control
Canine distemper is another disease that’s associated with raccoons and their droppings. Both cats and dogs are vulnerable to it, especially if they have not been vaccinated against it. If you have pets, consult with your veterinarian about vaccinations.
How to Help Keep Raccoons Off of Your Property
It is important to protect yourself if you think you may have raccoons on your property. To do this, remove or tightly secure any potential outside food sources, if possible, that might attract raccoons. This includes pet food, garbage cans or bird feeders. Raccoons are notorious for getting into these while looking for food at night, typically due to their ability to use their paws to open items.You should also try to remove any water sources that a raccoon could find overnight.
Also make sure to never feed raccoons or bring them into your home. Make sure to close off any potential access points to attics, crawl spaces or basements. Also, if you know raccoons frequent your property, always wash your hands after working outside in the dirt so you do not accidentally carry or ingest any potential roundworm eggs or bacteria.
New York City’s Public Health website says that anyone who has come into contact with or may have ingested raccoon feces should immediately contact a health care provider to help prevent further infection. And if someone has symptoms of raccoon roundworms, he or she should seek immediate medical care.
Should You Try to Remove Raccoon Feces Yourself?
It’s not recommended to try to remove raccoon feces yourself. There are too many risks of exposure to dangerous diseases and bacteria if not removed professionally and you could potentially stir up microbes that can be inhaled.
It’s also important that you do not try to remove raccoons, or any other nuisance wildlife animal, on your own. Although removing the raccoon, or other nuisance wildlife animal, responsible for the droppings will be the first step towards removing the droppings, this is also best left to a professional as there are potential consequences with DIY nuisance wildlife control.
If you have raccoons in your home, or spot signs of raccoon activity, then the nuisance wildlife control professionals at Terminix should inspect your property and help you get rid of them.
Identify Raccoon Poop, Its Danger, and How to Handle It
Seen or heard raccoons moving around your property? There are high chances that you could be having a great deal of raccoon poop on your property. At first, raccoon droppings could seem nothing more than irritant to you. However, raccoon waste contains a variety of parasites and diseases, which might affect you, your family, and pets. Raccoon poop has the potential to cause real dangers. This is the main reason why you need to get eliminate raccoon droppings, the moment you see them. This article will talk about raccoon poop, its dangers, and how to clean it.
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What Does Raccoon Poop Look Like?
Before we look at the dangers of raccoon poop, let us first look at what raccoon poop looks like so that you can know what you are dealing with.
Raccoon poop is small in size, tubular shaped, dark in color, and has a pungent smell. A good way to identify raccoon feces is that it almost shows undigested particles of what it has been consuming. For instance, if a raccoon has eaten berries lately, you will find its poop having purple or reddish brown spots.
Additionally, raccoons defecate in communal areas and these regions are usually referred to as raccoon latrines. Some prime locations for raccoon latrines include: the base of trees, boulders, piles of wood stumps, and fallen logs. If the raccoons are indoors, they can choose to use your attic, garage, or porch. Identifying a raccoon latrine is very easy as far as you know the look of raccoon poop.
Dangers of Raccoon Poop
What are the diseases carried by raccoons?
Contracted though incidental consumption, roundworms from raccoons can be very harmful to humans and pets. These roundworms can find their way into the brain and cause massive damage, and even death. Immediate treatment is hence necessary in case this happens. Any person who might be exposed to latrines or visits places where raccoons visit is at risk. Developmentally disabled persons and young children are at a high risk of contracting roundworms since they are more likely to get into contact with contaminated items.
Symptoms of roundworms include loss of vision, tiredness, loss of muscle power, and coma.
This is an infection transmitted by most animals such as raccoons. Raccoons could have the infection in their droppings, and contaminate soil, water, and any surface where they defecate. In case of ingestion of contaminated items, humans can contract giardiasis.
Symptoms of giardiasis include dehydration, diarrhea, abdominal pains, and nausea.
This is a bacterial infection transmitted by most animals, including raccoons. The disease-causing bacteria is transmitted in raccoon’s urine. Although leptospirosis is not related to raccoon poop, it is good to note that the possibility of getting infected is a good reason to be concerned about raccoons and their body waste.
Symptoms of leptospirosis include high fever, diarrhea, aching muscles, headache, and jaundice.
Raccoon poop might also have salmonella bacteria. People can contract this bacteria after incidental ingestion of affected microorganisms. Note that this bacteria can stay dormant for quite a while during the dry season if proper cleaning is not done.
Symptoms of salmonella include fever, abdominal pain, and diarrhea.
Raccoons can also carry rabies. Therefore, you should be very careful not to come into contact with an infected raccoon. This is because the disease can be quite fatal.
A raccoon with rabies stumbles as if it is drunk, has aggressive behavior, and likes to attack inanimate pets or objects.
How to Reduce the Dangers of Raccoon Poop
If you have a raccoon problem, then you are at high chances of contracting raccoon-related diseases. The first thing you need to do here is to inspect your home. Make sure that there is nothing in your home that has the potential to cause diseases. Look for availability of raccoon latrines both indoors and outdoors.
After inspection, you are likely to find dead raccoons, droppings, and contaminated surfaces. Now, you will need to remove all these, and clean the affected areas. Have a look at more information on how to go about cleaning raccoon poop in the best way possible.
Cleaning Outdoor Raccoon Latrines
When cleaning outdoor raccoon latrines, avoid stirring up debris and dust. To clean, mist the raccoon latrine with some water from a spray can to reduce the amount of dust. Use a disposable rigid scoop or shovel to lift the droppings, and surrounding items that might be contaminated. Place these materials into a garbage bag. Close the bag tightly and place inside a garbage collection can. Ensure that the content cannot be accessed by raccoons.
Disinfect the affected surfaces with boiling water. A lot of chemicals are not suitable for killing roundworms. Therefore, if the soil is heavily contaminated, we advise that you discard the top layer of the soil and replace it.
Cleaning Indoor Raccoon Latrines
Remove indoor raccoon poop in the same way as directed for outdoor poop. If you cannot use boiling water or flame, use hot soapy water, and a wet sponge to wipe the residual fecal matter. When done, flush the dirty water down the toilet and discard the rags or sponge you used to clean. Also, disinfect the containers used with boiling water.
Note: Never attempt this removal step without using the right protective equipment and clothing. This is critical as it might cause extra disease conditions than it solves.
Raccoons can establish community latrines inside or outside your house. When this happens, you, your family, and pets are at a high risk of contracting diseases. Some of these conditions include leptospirosis, roundworms, and giardiasis. Due to this, you should work extremely hard to get rid of raccoon poop and any contaminated material. There are many methods you can use to go about this process. However, you need to use a lot of caution so as not to contaminate the diseases. With the information provided in this article, you should be well equipped to deal with raccoon poop in and around your house.