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Charlottesville Virginia Raccoon Control Situation: Hi there- I believe I may have come in contact with some raccoon feces. Before I knew what it was, I did check it for an odor, thinking it was mud or dog feces that my own dog had tracked into the house. It appears fresh & contained what looked like apple seeds. I searched Google about this, as I know apple seeds are toxic to dogs, and I came upon the fact that it may be from a raccoon. The more I read about that, the more nervous I became, having had such close contact. I am writing to you in hopes that you can tell me if fresh fecal matter from a raccoon is dangerous or not and if I have reason to worry? I read elsewhere that it was not hazardous if fresh, and that it would take 2-3 weeks before it became infectious. Any information would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
My response: Did you eat the feces? That's the only way you could have a problem. Even then, it's very rare to experience health problems from raccoon feces. I myself have touched it maybe a hundred times! But I've never eaten any to my knowledge.
Hello David, I was reading through your website and am at a point where I don't know if there's a solution to my problem. I moved into my current home in March. I've seen raccoons in the area and I know they pass through my backyard. But, over the last two weeks they have marked a certain part of my backyard as a place to leave their droppings...and it is a lot. I've left the yard light on overnight (which I normally don't do), I've gotten rags and poured ammonia all over it, I've gotten a "repellant" which like you said doesn't work...And they keep coming back to the same spot in the yard to leave their feces. There is no food source in my backyard and I can't figure out why it's only been over the last two weeks that they've left their droppings. Your input would be greatly appreciated. Thank you, Rod
My response: Trapping and removal might be the only solution in this case. Or an electric fence around the area.
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