Raccoon droppings can be toxic

raccoon-in-the-attic1We’ve been getting a lot of Raccoon removal jobs lately, as well as attic restoration work. Thats where we have to go in and vacuum out all the contaminated insulation from the attic of a home, scrub down every surface with anti-bacterial enzymes, and then replace the attic insulation with all new. Why is this necessary?

It’s important to know how dangerous raccoon poop is if the raccoon is infected with the Baylisascaris roundworm. This is a common parasite in raccoons, some areas of the country have a 70 to 100 percent infection rate.

This parasite goes straight for the brain tissue, and that includes human brain tissue. Whats worse, the microscopic eggs that are the infective stage can live in the environment for probably 10 years or more. Because children are the most likely people to touch the tainted surface and then put their hands in their mouths, they are the most likely to be infected.
 
These eggs are very resistant to environmental degradation. Raccoon feces should be treated as hazardous waste. And we do just that. Our professionals wear haz-mat suits and respirators whenever dealing with the aftermath of a raccoon infestation.

4 Responses to “Raccoon droppings can be toxic”

  1. We’re in the process of having professionals remove raccoons from the attic. In our study room, I can smell what I assume to be urine. The smell is offensive and lightly burns my throat and nose. Is raccoon urine or waste harmful to the nose and throat? Thanks.

  2. We live in a condo building (Century Village) West Palm Beach where the raccoons are very brave in coming up the stairs to our second floor. We are next to a field. Please, how can we get rid of them??????

  3. Call Nuisance Wildlife Removal at 561-370-2020 and we will trap them.

  4. Hi, Ds there a reply to Nila’s question. Please let me know. Similar problem in New Jersey. Thank you.

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