What Do Raccoon Droppings Look Like?
Since raccoons eat a variety of foods, their feces or poop may differ in color and consistency. In general, raccoon droppings are about three to five inches long and broken into crumbling segments. Their diameter is close to that of a human pinky finger, while color ranges from light to dark brown. Though their waste may look similar to that of an opossum or fox, raccoon scat has distinct blunt ends.
Raccoon Latrine Sites
Additionally, the raccoons create latrines, which they locate some distance from nesting sites. These waste piles can be found around logs, trees, and unfortunately, on rooftops and in attics.
Raccoon Droppings Identification
Identifying raccoon poop is a sure sign of a nearby nest. Be wary if you do identify raccoon poop because raccoon waste can spread diseases.
There are three types of diseases found in raccoon waste: Leptospirosis, Salmonella, Raccoon Roundworm (Baylisascaris procyonis).
- Leptospirosis is a bacteria found in raccoon urine. Transmission occurs with direct contact with infected urine.High fever, headache, bleeding, muscle pain, chills, red eyes, and vomiting are some symptoms. Antibiotics clear the infection, but without treatment, leptospirosis can lead to kidney and liver damage and even death.
- Salmonella is a bacteria found in raccoon feces, if accidentally ingested your body will naturally fight this off.
- The Raccoon Roundworm (Baylisascaris procyonis) is by far the most dangerous. It is possible to become infected by inhaling airborne eggs.
Prevention and Removal
Though residents can't stop raccoons from pooping, they can make their homes and yards less favorable.
- Remove food sources
- Keep yards neat
- Seal trash cans
- Keep pet food inside
- Reinforce typical raccoon entry points like screens and vents.
If you find raccoon droppings in your attic, do not attempt to clean it without proper PPE. This could cause roundworm to spread. Avoid the latrine and seek help from the professionals at Trutech.