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Santa Rosa California Raccoon Control Situation: Are raccoon feces dangerous to touch or breathe?
You may not be aware that Raccoon feces are actually dangerous to your health. The matter can carry infectious diseases that not only affects humans but their pets as well. If you have children that are playing outside on the ground, they are also classed as high risk as they can come into contact with urine and feces belonging to that of a raccoon. Raccoons urinate and defecate quite frequently normally in the same place, so they end up generating piles that are called latrines. They prefer to leave their matter under decks, tree bases and attic areas.
There are ways to avoid becoming infected with raccoon urine and droppings:
1. Do not feed raccoons or leave pet food outside as this will encourage them
2. Keep your pets inside at night time
3. Avoid pet doors and open windows anywhere raccoons could get inside your home
4. Keep bins shut with a secure lid that cannot be lifted easily
5. Clean barbecue grills after using
6. Use secured items for food composting
7. Clean up any areas that appear to have been frequented with raccoons
8. Avoid direct contact with soil and vegetation if you know you have raccoons
If you suspected you may have come into contact with feces you need to clean your hands straight away with an antibacterial soap and keep a look out for any symptoms of illnesses that may arise hours later.If you develop any symptoms you need to see your doctor immediately. If you see raccoon matter in the attic or outside anywhere it needs to be cleaned up otherwise it will attract insects not to mention the roundworm spores that can live for a long time. If you are scratched or bitten by a raccoon those wounds need to be also seen with a doctor and a report needs to be put in with the public health.
Raccoon feces can carry several dangerous things such as roundworm. The raccoons can bring out roundworm eggs in their droppings where they can become airborne due to being so light in weight. As they can become airborne it makes it easier for humans to inhale the eggs where they are then infected. Once a human has swallowed the eggs they will then hatch into larvae which will move to different parts of the body and cause problems with the first week. Roundworms spread by raccoons are fatal if left untreated.
Giardiasis is a transmitted disease that raccoons can carry. It transfers from their feces which can then contaminate soil, water and any surface that the disease comes into contact with. Humans are infected by ingesting the droppings. Leptospirosis is a bacterial infection that is spread through the urine and the droppings of the raccoons. If you have a cut or wound and come into contact with raccoon urine or fecal matter you can contract the disease this way.
Proper disinfecting and removal of the matter needs to be done by someone who is experienced with raccoons. While their waste is just what other animals do like our own pets it is something not to be messed with. The matter needs to be handled professionally to ensure the safe health of you and your family.
If you wish to learn more, click on the How to Get Rid of Raccoons in the Attic home page. For wildlife control, animal trapping services, and raccoon control in Sonoma County, California, call us at 415-524-7015, and ask to talk about raccoons in the attic in Santa Rosa, CA.