Your wildlife intruder is gone, but now what? It is vital that you take care of the fecal matter that they left behind before it infects you or your loved ones. Wildlife animals are not shy about leaving feces near where they were living, which can lead to health hazards, stains, and unfortunate odors. Learn more about the hazards of wildlife feces and why it's important not to handle them on your own.

Why Are Wildlife Droppings Dangerous?

animal dropping removal in ClevelandFinding animal feces in your Cleveland home is not only a major inconvenience, but it can also lead to health problems that should not be taken lightly. Many different types of pathogens can be present in the feces of wildlife.

  • Diseases like Salmonella and Histoplasmosis are transmitted through wildlife feces
    • Handling wildlife feces, especially dried feces, increases your risk of ingesting these spores
  • Ectoparasites like ticks and fleas can latch onto you once their wildlife host has been eradicated

To avoid these—and more—serious health concerns, call 216.342.2316 today. 

What do mouse droppings look like?

Mouse droppings are dark brown and tubular in shape. They average 0.25” in length and can be found one at a time or in a pile.

Norway rat droppings are the same color and shape but are 0.75” in length on average. Roof rat droppings are also dark brown and tubular, but they have a pointed tip and are about 0.5” in length.

What do raccoon droppings look like?

When raccoons defecate in your home, they choose one spot to use over and over. This is called a latrine. Raccoon poop is tubular in shape. It is dark and has blunt ends. You’ll often see berries in raccoon poop. It is around 2-3” in length, and you’ll find it in a pile.

What do bat droppings look like?

Bat poop, or guano, is about 2 cm in length. It looks like a black seed. It is usually black or dark brown. They look very similar to mouse droppings. You’ll often find them in a pile because bats sleep upside down.

How do you clean wildlife droppings in your house?

When cleaning wildlife droppings in your Cleveland home, it’s important to remember that they can carry diseases. Once you remove the dropping from your home, be sure to thoroughly sanitize the area.

If you have a raccoon latrine or large pile of feces from any other animal, we recommend you call the experts at Critter Control of Cleveland to clean it for you. We have the proper tools to ensure the space is thoroughly sanitized and safe for you and your family. Contact us today to get started.