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Cleaning Up After Raccoon Infestation

Raccoons may appear to be cute and cuddly, but they are typically aggressive animals. Despite seeming non-threatening, they can transfer a number of different diseases to pets and humans through bites and scratches. However, the most dangerous way of contracting a disease from raccoons includes indirect contact. That is why it is important to tend to thorough and detailed cleanup after removing raccoons from your property. This is a standard step in the removal process of professional Milwaukee raccoon removal companies like Skedaddle.

Milwaukee Raccoon Removal: DIY Cleanup After A Raccoon Infestation 


The risk of contracting diseases spread by raccoons has gone up due to raccoons becoming more and more accustomed to living in the suburbs. Small children are typically most at risk as they prefer to play on the ground. Because of this, they can easily get into contact with raccoon urine and feces that spread diseases. There are several steps to cleaning up after a raccoon infestation by yourself, and the most important ones are:

  • Locating the raccoon latrine
  • Gathering the right supplies for the cleaning process
  • Cleaning the latrine and disposing of the waste 

Locating The Raccoon Latrine 


The first step in the process of cleaning up after a raccoon infestation is finding the raccoon latrine. When it comes to raccoons, one of their habits is to eliminate waste in communal sites otherwise called latrines. The fecal matter itself tends to be dark in color, tubular in shape and has an overpowering smell. Keep in mind that most professional raccoon removal companies in Milwaukee usually take care of this step in addition to removing the raccoons themselves.

Raccoon droppings can be very harmful if ingested and should be handled with extreme care

Gathering The Right Supplies For The Cleaning Process


You will need proper PPE (personal protective equipment) when cleaning raccoon latrines in order to avoid contamination. The most basic equipment includes disposable gloves, rubber boots, and an N95-rated respirator. These supplies are necessary as they will ensure you do not inhale dangerous pathogens during the cleanup process. Also, they will help reduce the risk of transferring harmful roundworm eggs into your home after clean-up.

Cleaning The Latrine And Disposing Of The Waste 


In order to reduce the risk of stirring up debris and infectious dust into the air, start by spraying the latrine with some water from a spray bottle. Use a shovel or an inverted plastic bag to scoop up the feces and dispose of it by either burying or burning it. If burning the feces, always make sure to do so OUTDOORS. Prepare a bucket of hot soapy water and wipe the area thoroughly using a dampened sponge. Dispose of the sponge afterward by sealing it in a plastic bag and throwing it away, and also disinfect the bucket by pouring boiling hot water in it. Alternatively, you can also use an enzyme-based cleaner to eliminate the odor as well.

When raccoons live inside attics they can do damage to insulation and duct work

Looking For A Professional Raccoon Removal Company In Milwaukee? Go With Skedaddle 


The DIY approach has both benefits and downsides, but most importantly, it requires your personal time and effort. In many cases, it is better and safer to hire a professional Milwaukee raccoon removal company to take care of the problem for you. Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control has more than two decades of experience in taking care of various wildlife and pest infestations. Skedaddle also offers complete sanitization and cleanup services after every intervention and ensures your home is safe and healthy to live in once again. Contact Skedaddle today and let the professionals handle your wildlife problem effectively and reliably.

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About the author:Marcus is the owner and operator of Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control – Milwaukee. Born and raised in Milwaukee, Marcus combines the academic training (M.S. Wildlife Biology, UW Madison) with the field training and skills to be successful in resolving wildlife conflict for home and business owners.

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