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What Do Raccoon Droppings Look Like?

Raccoon poop is 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. It does look similar to other animal droppings like opossum poop or skunk poop.
close up of raccoon droppings
raccoon feces

Raccoon Latrine Sites

Raccoons create communal latrine sites found at the base of trees, in forks of trees, or on raised areas such as fallen logs, stumps, or large rocks. If you find a latrine site in your  home or property, it is an indication of a raccoon infestation.

Raccoon latrines in your yard can be in wood piles, on or under decks, or along fence lines. Latrine sites will be in the area the raccoons have create a den. Most commonly , that will be in in the attic.

raccoon feces in attic
raccoon feces in attic

Dangers Associated with Raccoon Droppings

Extreme caution is required when cleaning up raccoon latrines. Raccoons are the primary hosts of Baylisascaris procyonis. Their feces can contain thousands of roundworm eggs (Baylisascaris procyonis) 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 or booties, and respirator when attempting to clean up raccoon poop.

Do not ignore raccoon poop outside. Raccoon roundworm can still spread to soil or objects.

Outdoor Latrine Cleaning

  1. Feces and material contaminated with raccoon feces should be removed (using a shovel or inverted plastic bag) and burned, buried, or bagged and placed in the trash to be sent to a landfill.
  2. Most chemicals do not kill roundworm eggs, but heat will kill the eggs instantly. Treat feces-soiled decks, patios, and other surfaces with boiling water or a propane torch.
  3. Disinfect hard, smooth surfaces (including shovel blades) with boiling water.
  4. ​To help further reduce the risk of possible infection, wash your hands well with soap and warm running water. Clean/launder your clothes thoroughly using hot water and detergent.

Professional Raccoon Poop Disinfectant and Raccoon Control

If you found raccoon poop in your attic or home, there was a raccoon infestation. The raccoon needs an entry hole about the size of a grapefruit. Without raccoon exclusion repairs, raccoons or other wild animals can get into your house. Raccoons will also damage insulation, electrical wiring, and in extreme cases fall through ceilings.

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. More information on raccoon removal.

Raccoon Poop Pictures

raccoon latrine on roof
raccoon poop in insulation

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