Identifying Opossum Poop
Opossums are attracted to yards in search of green plants, bird eggs, and rodents, consuming fruit and nuts when available. Similar in size to cat droppings, opossum droppings contain visible bits of their diverse diet.
In the yard, their odd-looking dung is often found atop patios and along walkways. However, enjoy the lawn with caution, as opossum waste is sometimes hidden within gardens or other brushy areas.
Diseases in Opossum Feces
Opossum droppings often contain bacteria that cause diseases like salmonellosis and coccidiosis. Accidental contact with their urine or feces can even transmit toxoplasmosis, which causes body aches and fever. Most people recover after a few months, but the parasite remains inactive in the body for life.
Leptospirosis is spread through handling opossum waste. Early on, this bacterial disease can be hard to diagnose due to its flu-like symptoms. As leptospirosis progresses, side effects include liver failure and breathing issues. People who come in contact with opossum scat should disinfect their hands and clothes.
During winter, opossums can suffer frostbite on their ears and tails, forcing them to seek warmth. They squeeze into sheds and garages through small openings, allowing droppings to build up during their stay. When opossum poop is found on the property, call Trutech for efficient removal of these hardy pests.