Think raiding your trash can on garbage day is the worst thing raccoons can do on your property? Then you‚Äôve never been the proud owner of raccoon latrines.
Raccoon latrines are what they sound like: areas where trash pandas go to ‚Äúdo their business,‚Äù and sadly, they don‚Äôt care about proper zoning.
Raccoon latrines are often found on flat, raised areas such as roofs, decks or even inside your attic (ugh). More than just disgusting, raccoon latrines are highly dangerous due to the presence of roundworms within raccoon feces. A single roundworm can lay 100,000 eggs a day and they live within soil for several years, proving a constant danger to your family and local wildlife. Though rare, a human who gets infected with them can face serious health hazards including eye, spine, and brain damage, as well as death.
That means you can‚Äôt just shrug it off when you find raccoon poop in the yard. Before even enlisting raccoon removal from a top Toronto pest control company, you need to get down, dirty, and clean out those raccoon latrines!
Protecting Yourself While Cleaning Raccoon Latrines
Because of the dangers posed by roundworm infection, you have to take serious safety precautions before you start cleaning raccoon latrines. In addition to N95 quality face masks, you should wear disposable clogs and boot covers that you need to keep far away from the inside of your house to prevent eggs spreading.
When you finish cleaning the raccoon latrines, make sure to clean your clothes thoroughly and DO NOT blow raccoon latrines away with a leaf blower, otherwise the worm infestation will spread further. Once the area is clean, make sure to call a wildlife removal company quickly, before the local raccoons can turn your manicured lawn into a bus terminal bathroom all over again.
How to Clean Raccoon Latrines
First off, you should lightly spray the area with water to keep dust from carrying roundworm eggs throughout your yard. From there, use a shovel to gently transfer the droppings into a hefty garbage bag and double bag it when it‚Äôs full.
Once the worst of the droppings are cleared, pour boiling hot water over the raccoon latrines in lieu of chemical disinfectants that are ineffective on roundworm eggs. In particularly bad cases, you might want to turn over and burn the area out with a propane torch, but this method can be extremely dangerous. Brush up on local fire ordinances and take proper safety measures!
If the buggers made a mess in your attic, the same principles apply (except for the fire thing). Make sure to clean thoroughly and keep your cleaning materials and clothes from infecting other parts of the house. Also take great care to flush dirty water down the toilet, and then clean it after.
Remember, while human roundworm infection is rare, it‚Äôs extremely, extremely dangerous.
When you find raccoon poop in your yard, you can rely on Terminix Canada for high quality raccoon removal. As experts in Toronto pest control for 20 years, you can rely on our proven wildlife removal methods to make sure you never have to clean out raccoon latrines ever again. Contact us today.