Raccoons are infamous throughout the United States as nocturnal troublemakers that invade garbage cans looking for easy meals. When they den in residential areas, raccoons create separate latrine sites, and encountering one of these indicates a nearby infestation. They consistently return to these locations, which are commonly found on roofs, in attics, wood piles, haylofts, and on or under decks.

What Do Raccoon Droppings Look Like?

Raccoon droppings are tubular in shape, have blunted ends, and are usually dark in color, though coloration is subject to change depending on what the animal has recently consumed.

Extreme caution is required when cleaning up raccoon latrines, as their feces can contain thousands of roundworm eggs that are harmful to both humans and domestic pets if accidentally ingested. Since close proximity to raccoon droppings can lead to the contraction of diseases or parasites, individuals should always wear disposable gloves, shoe coverings, and masks when attempting to clean latrines without professional assistance. However, given the dangers, individuals are much better off contacting trained wildlife specialists to remove pest raccoons and clean up scat and urine. Critter Control technicians have the training and equipment to safely sanitize homes after raccoon infestations.