Raccoon feces are the last thing you want to see on your property. Whether you’ve been greeted by raccoon poop on your porch, patio, attic or other area of your Milwaukee home, find out why it’s important to work with a professional. Discover how to clean up feces in an emergency situation and how to prevent local raccoons from making your property their latrine site.
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Raccoons are creatures of habit, so they typically defecate in the same area, known as raccoon latrines. If you see raccoon poop on your property, a local raccoon will probably continue to use that spot unless otherwise discouraged.
The most important thing to remember is that handling raccoon feces can be dangerous. Raccoons are common hosts of roundworm and other harmful bacteria, so handling or improperly cleaning up raccoon feces can put you at risk. Roundworm eggs are incredibly resilient, so bleach and other consumer-level cleaning agents may not be enough to disinfect your porch, patio or yard.
Our professional team at Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control has the specialized safety gear and cleaning agents necessary to remove raccoon feces. We’ll assist you in preventing raccoons from continuing to use your home as a latrine site, and ensure you and your family are safe from the threat of illness.
Emergency Cleanup Tips
There are situations where you can’t wait for a professional. If you have small children or pets that could get into the feces, you may not be able to wait for our professionals to arrive and tidy up your patio, deck or basement.
In that case, here are a few tips to remember when removing;
- Don’t touch the waste with your bare hands. Put on thick disposable gloves and a mask, and use a shovel or trash bag to carefully scoop up the feces. It’s best to place them in your trash can double bagged to be sent to the landfill. This should also only be attempted in a secluded area outdoors, and never within your home, as disturbing the droppings may cause bacteria to become airborne.
- Most cleaning chemicals won’t remove the threat of roundworm infection. Only boiling water or another suitable heat source can kill roundworm eggs, so pour boiling water on the area if possible.
- DIY cleaning should only be used as a last resort. This method may not kill all the roundworm eggs and it may still leave the site open for raccoons to use again in the future, so you should still contact Skedaddle to decontaminate the area to completely remove the threat.
After we clean up the area, we’ll offer you some reliable prevention strategies. Raccoons habitually defecate in the same area, but it doesn’t take much to encourage them to find a new latrine for their daily duty. Discuss these prevention strategies with our professional to see how you can make your raccoon poop situation a one-time event.
Try simply moving outdoor furniture. Wait until we thoroughly clean the area, then try placing a table, lawn chair or plant on the spot. Even a small obstacle may be enough to send a raccoon scampering away to a new latrine site.
Plastic, mud and water are all great deterrents when a raccoon is looking for a latrine. If the area is on the ground, try heavily watering the area. Tape down plastic on your patio or deck to discourage raccoons from walking on the spot.
Let Skedaddle Clean up Raccoon Poop
The short answer to the question “Should I Clean Up Raccoon Poop Myself?” is no. Don’t deal with raccoon feces on your own. Avoid the discomfort of this task and the dangers of feces and roundworm eggs by contacting us today. Schedule a raccoon poop cleaning service in Milwaukee and enjoy a safe, sanitary yard once again.