What Does Raccoon Poop Look Like In A Pool
Photographs of Raccoon Poop
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.
Raccoons Pooping in Swimming Pool
So how do you solve a problem with raccoons in your swimming pool? The best way is often to trap and remove and relocate the animal, so that it no longer has access to your pool in its home range. Raccoons are very crafty and resourceful, and they are also very brazen with people, so tactics that attempt to deter them or scare them off don’t usually work.
If you do trap the offending raccoon, please be kind. Raccoons are very intelligent and even emotional animals (it’s true!) so it would be nice to drive the animal to an area far away, at least ten miles, and release it. In the below photo, we see an unfortunate case in which a homeowner, in an attempt at poetic justice, drowned the raccoon in the very pool it was using as its latrine. Death by drowning is horrible, so please don’t do it.
UPDATE: I had an inquiry about the below photo, and I wrote above that the homeowner had drowned it, because I wanted to make a point that drowning is bad, but the embarrassing truth in this case is that I set the trap right at the edge of the pool, and the raccoon must have either reached out and pulled the trap over, or rolled it, which happens sometimes with trapped raccoons, and it went into the pool. At least that’s my theory, because the homeowners said they didn’t do it, and they were upset, and I felt very bad about it all. So, lesson learned on my end. Never set a trap too close to the edge of the pool. But the original point still stands: drowning is cruel, either intentional or not, so don’t do it on purpose or by accident. If you have permission in your state to relocate the animal on approved land, do so, or euthanize (kill) the animal humanely, with a firearm, shock stick, lethal injection, or CO2 chamber.
How to Stop Raccoon Poop in the Swimming Pool — It’s all very good and well wanting to live harmoniously with nature and the wildlife around you, but once one of those natural interlopers starts pooping in the pool, the situation changes a little bit. See my raccoon poop photos to identify the feces before you proceed.
Firstly, don’t get in the pool.
Secondly, make sure no one else gets in the pool either.
Thirdly, your pool and, therefore, your land or garden is not as safe as you thought it was.
Raccoons are one of the most common culprits when it comes to animal feces in the pool although they’re not the first animal that many homeowners would point the finger at. The problem with raccoon poop, also known as scat, is that it doesn’t look like anything out of the ordinary. It actually looks like the poop left behind by pretty much every house cat on the block. Oh, and some dogs too; usually, small to medium-sized ones. You wouldn’t believe how many times we’ve been called out to a property where homeowners have believed a domesticated animal has done their business in the swimming pool, and it has actually been a rogue raccoon. They’re not the only culprits either; skunks, opossums, foxes, and even rats and mice will poop in your pool if they are granted access.
The Problem With Poop
As well as being absolutely disgusting, entirely unhygienic, and really not the kind of thing you’d want to find when preparing for a nice dip, raccoon scat is literally riddled with diseases that CAN and WILL contaminate the water. This is then introduced into your body by way of accidental swallowing, through cuts in the skin, getting in the eyes, nose, or mouth, and more. We’re talking about some potentially fatal diseases, alongside a couple that you might not even be aware that you have.
Poop from ANY animal is going to clog up the filter in the pool. This can cause malfunctioning pool equipment and potentially very costly repair and maintenance work.
How to Stop Raccoon Poop in the Pool
Ideally, you’re going to want to stop that raccoon (as well as future raccoons and other wild animals) from entering your property at all. By doing that, it is unlikely that they will make it as far as your pool.
Step one: remove all food sources. This will stop the animal from being interested and encouraged to come closer by the smell. Raccoons are more likely to move on from an area if that area has nothing to offer them. What’s the point in staying somewhere there isn’t a lot of food or food is hard to come by when there are so many better places to explore and take advantage of.
Step two: consider erecting a fence. This might seem like a troublesome task if you have a very large area to try and protect, but fencing actually does work to deter nuisance wildlife. If the fence isn’t easy to climb, is high enough, and can’t easily be hopped over with the assistance of a few low-lying tree branches, you will find that raccoons and other critters won’t find getting in such an easy task.
Of course, much like other wild animals, raccoons can dig pretty well. It is vital that you remember to protect your garden from both above and below ground. The fence works above, but you can add a secondary layer of fencing below ground too, using hardware cloth in a filled-in trench. If the animal were to burrow, it wouldn’t be able to get very far before being met by that underground barrier.
Step three: have a good tidy up. In almost all cases, raccoons and other pest species will choose to hang out in a messy garden over a nice, clean garden that is filled with open space. The latter, with plenty of open space, doesn’t offer the animal, raccoon or otherwise, anything in the form of protection. Running across an open patch of land is dangerous, putting the animal at risk from being seen by people, chased down by hunting predators, or give the game away if it is trying to find something alive to eat.
The messier your garden is, the more hiding spots these wild animals will find. And, more often than not, more food sources too.
Step four: add a pool cover. This isn’t always the best or most cost-effective solution, but if you have a cover over the pool, the raccoon won’t be able to get to the water at all, let alone poop in it. Read more about how to keep raccoons away.
If you can’t cover the entire pool, at least try to make the steps or shallow end as unreachable as you can. Raccoons regularly use the shallow end as their public bathroom, so by making this specific area difficult to get to, you do increase your chances of preventing poop-related problems.
As a final note, you could also consider using striped strips to keep raccoons away from your pool and other areas, although, you should not be surprised if the raccoon still manages to find its way around the obstacle. Go back to the Raccoon Removal page, or learn tips to do it yourself with my How to Get Rid of Raccoons guide.
AN EMAIL SENT TO ME:
Hi David, First of all, let me just say thank you for all of the helpful information you have placed on your website. I will try to be brief in explaining my situation and maybe you can help me from there. I’m just looking for a little guidance before I proceed.
About three weeks ago my pool maintenance guy who comes once a week, told me there was some sort of animal defecating in the pool. There was so much feces accumulated in a matter of a week that by the time he came back the second week, it had clogged up my pool filter. I purchased the property approximately four years ago and I knew it could only mean one thing… raccoons. The stray cats never defecate in the pool or cause this much havoc. Around the same time, we noticed 2 of our soffit vents which were completely intact since we’ve been here, were now torn apart and broken. One of the soffits is located slightly over another part of the roof and the other is next to a palm tree and fence. We assume they only broke those 2 because there were the only 2 areas where they could sit rather comfortably while tearing apart the soffit vent. We then went ahead and cut most of the palm trees down in that area and replaced both soffit vents. The next day, one of the soffit vents was broken again.
Make a long story short, they have made a home in my attic and are living up there. I called animal removal services in my area and they want to charge me $450 dollars just to remove the animal. Of course, that is not including all that it is going to cost me to treat the feces and urine left up there and the possible replacement of the insulation. I can’t afford any of this at this time and I don’t know what to do.
Is there something you could recommend in a do-it-yourself kind of way? We have set up traps and they won’t get in. We suspect it’s a mother with baby raccoons. My neighbor says she saw them but that she won’t get in a trap she has set up either. My neighbors have cats and have put away the cat food and closed off their doggie doors. We have set up food for them with cat food, ham croquettes, tuna fish, coca cola with something else mixed in it, and the list goes on and they won’t bite any of the bait.
Please help. We are desperate and do not have the money to deal with this appropriately. Any guidance would be greatly appreciated. Thanks again.
Well, trapping and removal is usually the best option. But if you don’t want them pooping in the pool, you could get some wooden plywood boards and pound dozens of long nails through, and make a spiked board and put that on the pool steps, and hope the raccoons won’t go in the pool any more. There’s a good chance it won’t work because raccoons are so smart and stubborn, but it’s worth a try iof you can’t afford to hire a professional company. But for goodness’ sake, don’t hurt yourself or anyone else with a board full of nails sticking up!
Raccoon Poo and Feces in Swimming Pool
Sometimes raccoons poop in swimming pools. They like water. The scientific name, procyon lotor means «washes with hands» because they like water so much. They like to hide their feces in the water, so they often poo in the pool, often on the first step. If you want to see photographs, click here for raccoon droppings and feces identification.
How to keep a raccoon out of your swimming pool.
1) Install a deterrent — Raccoons usually walk onto the steps, and poop in the shallow water on the first step or two. So if you can prevent them from accessing this step, they’ll stay out of the pool. You can install toddler or pet fencing around the steps. Other people have used chicken wire or even razor wire. Another option is to simply get thin wooden boards and pound nails in through the board to create spikes, and place these boards on the steps, with the spikes sticking up.
2) Trapping and removal — any time a raccoon is repeatedly engaging in an unwanted behavior, it will likely continue. They keep the same general travel routes and behaviors every night. So you can set traps near the pool, and trap and relocate the animals. Read more about raccoon trapping tips here.
Can you get diseases from raccoon feces in the swimming pool?
Raccoon diseases in pool or on property — Anywhere a raccoon travels so, too, does disease. This isnвЂ™t to say that all raccoons are carrying illnesses, but enough of the animals are to warrant caution when one is inside of your home, around your property, or in your swimming pool. The most common illnesses associated with diseases being left behind by raccoons in an attic are roundworms, giardia, and leptospirosis. Roundworms and giardia are intestinal parasites. Both parasites live in the gastrointestinal system, though roundworms tend to cause more systemic issues than giardia. Too many roundworms will result in vomiting and diarrhea, causing hemorrhaging of the intestinal lining. Giardia can overpopulate the intestinal tract and cause watery stool, but itвЂ™s not as damaging to the organs as the roundworm. Leptospirosis is a different type of illness. This bacterial infection is transmitted through infected urine. It can remain dangerous for years after leaving a body. If youвЂ™ve had a raccoon in your pool, chances are it has both urinated and defecated in there. When cleaning the space, make sure you wear gloves, a respirator mask, and eye protection. Roundworm eggs are light enough to be carried on a puff of air. ItвЂ™s bad enough you might ingest one from touching your face with your hands; donвЂ™t let a roundworm egg get sucked into your lungs.
Here’s an email I received from an astute reader:
David, I wrote to you because your website requested people who had dead raccoons or raccoon poop to be tested for the round worm parasite. I had a coon crap in my pool and I need to find someone who can test a sample. Can you help me find someone qualified to put it under a microscope? Thanks, Brian
My response: I don’t think there’s any danger from poop in a pool. The chlorine will kill anything. I have no idea where to test for roundworm.
David, I would be careful telling people that chlorine will do the trick, raccoon roundworm has been deadly in 50% of the cases of human infection, and the eggs are virtually indestructible with chemicals (most sites say they have to be burned).
Thanks for telling me! I’ve never actually seen a roundworm infection, but I thought chlorine would kill the eggs. I’ll keep this info in my memory, and maybe post it on my website somewhere. I’m a wildlife removal expert, not an infectious disease expert, so maybe I shouldn’t ever give any advice on diseases.
Not a problem at all .. happy to give you the info. It is «scary shit» so to speak! From what I was able to learn on the Internet from various University studies and state departments of health, it is mostly prevalent in the upper midwest and California where 60 -90% of raccoons are infected. However, only 10 raccoons in Georgia have been discovered with it and 3 in Florida (2 near Tallahassee and 1 in Miami). The raccoon poop is full of millions of worm larvae eggs. A person has to swallow the eggs to get the disease; the worms travel to your brain and mess you up very badly if they don’t kill you. About 20 cases have been reported in the U.S. and 10 have died; the rest were blinded and essentially retarded from the worms. If a raccoon poops in a pool, one Michigan site I found says that the pool needs to be treated as though it contains deadly hazardous waste until a poop sample (or dead or alive raccoon) can be tested. The eggs are very indestructible and can last in chlorinated water for years. Here’s another problem, the damned eggs are about 60 picometers in diameter . far smaller than the finest particles a pool filter can pick up (5 microns). 1 micron is equal to 1,000,000 picometers! So it really is a problem if it gets in the pool. If you ever need to follow up on testing of it, this is a good place to start.
If you do trap a raccoon, please don’t drown it in the pool. Also, be aware that raccoons can grab outside the cage, and pull themselves into the pool, as apparently happened in the above photo. You can keep raccoons out of the pool by installing a board filled with upward nails (spikes) to prevent it from walking on the first step and pooping in the pool.