When we evict raccoons the next step is to clean up the mess they leave behind. We clean feces and organic matter using commercial grade cleaners, disinfecting agents and deodorizers. We are also equipped to remove any damaged insulation
When it comes to wildlife removal, raccoons are one of the most common attic invaders. Often times, a raccoon will seek the quiet, warm, safe space of your home’s attic. In many situations, the raccoon is a female looking for somewhere she can birth her pups safely.
No matter if the raccoon is a female or a male, they both cause damages to attic spaces. Most commonly, you will find damaged roofing systems, torn up insulation, and plenty of raccoon feces and urine.
The feces and urine of a raccoon can prove dangerous to human and pet health. In fact, if you suspect that there is a raccoon living in your attic, you should call a professional to handle the situation. Even after the removal of the raccoon, you should still allow a professional to assist with attic cleaning.
Exposing yourself to raccoon feces and urine, or improper handling of their waste could put you at risk. You could end up contracting diseases or bacteria that can make you very ill. Without proper knowledge and training, you run far too many risks to your health.
Fortunately, we can provide you with attic cleaning services once we remove raccoons from your attic.
Understanding the Risks
Coming into contact with raccoon feces can put you at risk of contracting the following:
- Raccoon Roundworm
Each of the diseases mentioned can have serious side effects linked to the illnesses they cause. If you happen to come into contact with raccoon droppings and you suddenly feel ill, it is best to seek medical attention immediately.
Raccoon roundworm is a parasite that lives within the intestines of a raccoon. Scientifically known as Baylisascaris procyonis, raccoon roundworms lay eggs inside a raccoon’s intestines. When the animal defecates, the eggs present themselves in the feces. People and pets may unknowingly ingest the eggs. Symptoms often include:
- Lack of muscle control
- Complications of the liver
Giardia is yet another disease you have to worry about if you come into contact with raccoon feces. Giardiasis is the name of an infection that several animals, such as raccoons, transmit to humans. Giardiasis is an organism that thrives in the animal’s feces. When raccoons defecate, they can contaminate anything their feces touches, such as water, soil, and various other surfaces. Humans may unknowingly come into contact with contaminated areas, which is usually followed by symptoms such as:
- Abdominal cramping
There are many wild animals, such as raccoons, that carry a bacterial infection known as leptospirosis. Raccoons can transmit the bacteria to humans by area contaminated with their urine. If you come into contact with raccoon urine, you run the risk of contracting leptospirosis. Symptoms of leptospirosis include:
- Muscle aches
Professional Cleaning Services
Despite the warnings against self-cleaning, many people attempt attic cleaning without the help or a professional, which is not recommended. Professional cleaning can get the job done, remove all traces of urine and feces, and ensure the cleanliness and sanitization of your attic.
Attic cleaning requires a careful approach from a trained individual. For instance, a professional will usually take the following steps:
- Wear a respirator to protect against breathing in waste particles
- Wear disposable gloves
- Wear protective covers over shoes and clothing
- Carefully clean so as not to distribute airborne eggs
- Shoveling out raccoon feces, or “scat”
- Place raccoon waste in an appropriate bag for proper sealing and removal
- Dispose of the bag containing waste in an appropriate manner
If you need help with attic cleaning, contact us today to find out how we can help you.