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How to Identify Raccoon Poop
- 1 How to Identify Raccoon Poop
- 2 How to Identify the Feces
- 3 Photographs of Raccoon Poop
- 4 How to Remove Raccoons: What Does Raccoon Poop Look Like?
- 5 Your local Animal Control & Wildlife Removal Company
- 6 Raccoon Feces Identification Guide
- 7 Raccoon Feces — Pictures, Danger, and Diseases
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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.
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.
How to Remove Raccoons:
What Does Raccoon Poop Look Like?
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Raccoon Feces Identification Guide
Hi my name is Brendan Mangnitz, I have been in the Nuisance Wildlife Removal industry now for nearly 6 years since I graduated from College at UF with a background in Entomology and Wildlife Biology. I have seen and controlled just about any wildlife issue you may think of. I have dealt with raccoons in apartments complex, raccoon removal from your everyday house hold, raccoons in the attic, raccoons digging up yards, raccoons in pools, raccoons stuck in chimneyвЂ™s, and the list goes on and on. I have used several different control and removal methods for raccoons and thatвЂ™s what I want to share with you guys on our website here at 247wildlifecontrol.com.
Some of the biggest questions customers ask me in the field are: What kind of poop is this? How can I tell what kind of animal left these droppings in my attic? How do I know whether or not this poop is indeed raccoon poop and not possum poop or squirrel poop or rat poop? There a lot of distinguishing factors when it comes to determining raccoon poop, as you can tell from the pictures on this page.
How big are raccoon droppings? Raccoon poop is about the size of dog poop; raccoon droppings are notorious for having what appears to be seeds inside of the raccoon poop. It almost looks like pieces of berries are present in the raccoon poop. The explanation for why raccoon poop includes seeds and berries is that raccoons spend the majority of their time outdoors eating berries, fruits and nuts. You can find anything edible from the wild inside raccoon droppings. If you look closely at the pictures of the raccoon poop on the right, you’ll see how raccoon feces are blackish in color.
If you are trying to identify raccoon poop or trying to figure out how you can tell if you do indeed have raccoons in the attic (based on the poop that’s in the insulation), you’re going to look for the following distinguishing factors: Generally raccoon poop is about the size of dog poop; it is about a half inch to an inch in diameter, depending on the size and the age of the raccoon that is in your attic. Most of the time when you have raccoons in the attic, it’s going to be a female that is pregnant and about to have her babies. Like I said earlier, the biggest giveaway with how to tell if it is raccoon poop is going to be the berries in the poop itself. Generally raccoon poop will break in the middle (not a continuous string of poop), as seen in this picture of raccoon poop on the left. This is one way to distinguish raccoon poop from opossum poop: opossum will generally be one continuous pile.
If you are in your attic and you notice that the raccoon poop you find is in piles with urine spread around, this is called the latrine. Raccoons, unlike most other animals, will only poop in one area. Almost think of this as a toilet. Whenever rats, opossums and squirrels poop, they will defecate wherever they’re walking. There is no rhyme or reason why raccoons will only poop in certain areas collectively. Raccoon latrines are also referred to as вЂњthe trainвЂќ because raccoon feces in the attic will pile up.
Regardless of what animal the poop belongs to, you want to make sure that you DO NOT touch the feces you find in your attic. You should call a professional for wild animal poop removal. If you do decide to remove poop you find in your attic without the assistance of a professional wildlife control team, you definitely want to make sure you have a respirator on because raccoon feces can contain several different types of bacteria and insects that can harm you and potentially lead to death. One horrible health issue that stems directly from raccoon poop is roundworm. Roundworm, if ingested, leads to a variety of symptoms and can become fatal. Raccoon roundworm can become ingested by simply breathing it in if you are around raccoon feces. If you do not treat the roundworm that you ingest from raccoon poop, you can eventually die. There are also other bacterias affiliated with raccoon poop such as histoplasmosis and hantavirus, which are both diseases that can lead to severe respiratory issues.
Raccoon Feces — Pictures, Danger, and Diseases
Raccoon Feces — Whether you find a concealed raccoon latrine in your yard or garden, or you encounter raccoon feces while you are investigating a possible animal problem in your attic or wall cavity, it is very important to treat raccoon feces with caution. It can transmit several different types of diseases, and there is often quite a lot of it, meaning that you need to be careful and cautious when cleaning up any raccoon feces. Indeed, if you aren’t confident in dealing with the issue, and you’re worried the raccoon may still be present around your home, it can often be a good idea to hire a professional wildlife removal expert to ensure there is no more threat from the animal.
Precautions To Take Before Dealing With Animal Feces
Whether you are going into an area where there is likely to be a high concentration of animal feces, or heading into a confined space such as an attic that might contain feces, it is important to take the right precautions. Make sure you wear appropriate long sleeved clothing with thick material, along with thick gloves such as gardening gloves, making sure that there is no skin uncovered to come into contact with the feces. A breathing mask will help you to ensure you don’t inhale any airborne spores or particles, while eye goggles can also help to keep them from getting in to your body that way.
Identifying Raccoon Feces
Raccoon feces will often look quite similar to dog poop, with fairly long cylinders that are usually quite dry, and the feces will often have visible pieces of berry, which is typical of raccoon feces. Unlike many animals, raccoons will usually tend to try and use one area as a latrine, where they will deposit the majority of their urine and feces, and seeing a concentration of feces in one area can also be an indication that it is raccoon feces that you are looking at.
Cleaning Raccoon Feces In An Attic Of Wall Cavity
When it comes to cleaning up the feces, the first and most important thing to remember is that diseases and spores can be transmitted, so you need to make sure that you wear the appropriate clothing, and that you protect yourself wearing the mask and goggles. You also need to ensure that you either have several black garbage bags that can be used to carry the feces, or a sealable container into which the feces can be placed. In many cases, insulation material will have been torn or heavily soiled by the raccoon feces, and in this case it is usually best to replace the material rather than clean it. Once the feces is removed, spraying the area with a disinfectant solution will help to make the area safe and decontaminated again.
Disposing Of Raccoon Feces
If you weren’t already aware of the possibility of contamination and disease transmission caused by raccoon feces, it is also very important that you dispose of the feces correctly. If the material is within one garbage bag, seal that bag, and place it within a second bag that is also sealed. This should be tough enough to keep the material inside, and allow for the bags to be put out with the garbage, while a sealed container can also be put out this way. However, you can also look to bury the material or incinerate it, with incineration helping to make sure that no other harmful particles escape from the feces.
Diseases Transmitted By The Feces
One of the most common diseases that can be transmitted through raccoon feces is raccoon roundworm, and usually happens when the eggs that are found in the feces are inhaled or swallowed. Symptoms can include respiratory problems, nausea and a loss of balance. Giardia is another common disease transmitted through raccoon feces, and can cause stomach cramps, nausea and diarrhea. Leptospirosis is another condition that can be contracted by those dealing with raccoon feces without taking the right precautions, and while symptoms such as headaches, jaundice and fever can be early indications, in rare cases it can have serious repercussions for the individual.
Carrying Out Repairs To Raccoon Damage
If you are dealing with an area that has been damaged by raccoons, it is very important that you look to ensure the safety of others that might need to enter that area or cavity in the future. This means removing the feces responsibly, and then disposing of the feces in a way that won’t harm anyone else along the way. Once this is done, make sure that you replace any areas of insulation that have been soiled by the raccoon, and check on all wires and cables to make sure they haven’t been gnawed by the raccoon.
Finally, make sure that the area is decontaminated with a disinfectant spray that will kill off any remaining bacteria or spores, and will allow you to start using the area safely again.
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