Call a ProfessionalRaccoons 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 TipsThere 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.