Raccoon Feces Photographs - Is it Dangerous?
You can see that raccoon feces is fairly large, often in piles. The turds are often not single, clean,
distinct pieces. It is usually very dark in color, with some color variation due to roughage.
As with any fecal matter, it gets light and more chalky in color
as it ages. The ends are more rounded, and never pointy. The most common telltale
trait of raccoon poop is that it often has berries in it, as you can see above. But the waste varies, as you can see below:
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Raccoon droppings disease - All animal droppings carry some risk of disease and the raccoon is no exception. The most common illnesses associated with raccoon droppings are giardia and roundworm infection. Both of these are gastrointestinal disorders caused by tiny parasites that like to live off of a host. The giardia protozoan is fairly common in most parts of North America, living in fresh water supplies. Many people already have giardia, but it’s when the parasite overpopulates that trouble begins. Roundworms are a different type of parasite. The roundworm egg is most often introduced through a body by ingestion. It only takes one microscopic egg on your hand to be transferred to your mouth and down to your stomach. Don’t think stomach acid will have any effect on this parasite. The eggs are encapsulated and can survive in subzero temperatures as well as in stomach acid. Once the egg progresses into the intestinal tract, it will flourish and become an adult worm. Roundworms can migrate through body tissue, creating hemorrhaging and damage to internal organs. In small children, roundworms have been known to cause blindness if left undetected.
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Racoon feces on your skin - You must be very careful when working around animals and their waste. This goes for all animals, not just for you cat and dog or the raccoon up in your attic.
Yes, raccoon poop is dangerous, because it contains some
pathogens and diseases that people can contract. Raccon feces can contain roundworm eggs—the beginning of an intestinal parasite infestation. It doesn’t matter how long the feces came in contact with you skin or how much was there; it only takes one microscopic egg to make you sick. Once inside your body, the eggs will mature and turn into adult roundworms, a long, white, worm-like parasite that lives in the intestinal tract. These worms will burrow into the lining of the intestine, causing bloody stool and immense discomfort. Though problematic, roundworms aren’t usually going to mean imminent death. The fact remains, however, that you should be sure to wear proper protective gear when cleaning up from a raccon infestation. There are many other diseases you should be worried about, like leptospirosis and giardia. If you don’t have the protective gear and don’t have the means to purchase it, leave the cleaning to an expert. It will also cost you some money, but you’ll know everything was done correctly, and you won’t be in contact with any pathogens.
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Raccoon waste cleanup - Most raccoon cleanup jobs need to be done by hand. Whenever you are dealing with the mess left behind by a wild animal you should never use a vacuum or a broom. Stirring up the dust particles around you can cause certain microbes to be inhaled. The last thing you want to do while cleaning up raccoon poop is to inhale a roundworm egg. Not only do you need to handle and bag all of the droppings in the area, you need to throw away any soiled insulation or porous material. It isn’t always possible to take out every piece of material that’s been touched by raccoon waste. Professionals cleaning up after an infestation will often hose the area down with a special enzymatic cleaner that breaks down the harmful particles left behind by urine and feces. This is one of those tasks that might be done quicker and more thoroughly if you hire someone to do it for you. Yes, this is an added cost, but it is well worth ensuring there are no zoonotic diseases that could be spread to you and your family.
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