Do I Need to Clean Up After Raccoon Invasion?

Cleaning up after a raccoon not only prevents future invasions, it also prevents the spread of harmful elements that can possibly pose as health hazards for you, your family, and even your pets or livestock. Getting rid of the mess raccoons often leave behind also help in discouraging this wild animal from going back and invading parts of your home.

When raccoons invade a home’s attic or garage, they usually leave droppings in communal sites called latrines, often found in raised areas, such as tree trunks, attics, rooftops, decks, fireplaces and haylofts. The droppings of an infected raccoon contain tiny eggs of roundworms called Baylisascaris procyanis. If the dropping are not cleaned up properly and the worms are allowed to mature, they may cause serious illnesses to humans if accidentally swallowed or inhaled. Some of the diseases that these parasites can bring about are irreversible illnesses in the brain, heart and eyes. The infection are more likely to occur in small children, because they tend to pick things up and put it into their mouths. Like children, pets may also be infected by roundworms.

Another reason to clean up after a raccoon invasions is to prevent the recurrence of raccoon infestation inside your home. Raccoons tend to use latrines over and over until their feces pile up high on that particular area. Not cleaning up a latrine can encourage not only one but more raccoons to infest areas of your home.

It is best and safest to hire professionals to clean up after a raccoons’ mess, it is still possible to do it yourself by following precautionary measures.

  • Make sure that no part of your body makes contact with the feces and other feces-contaminated materials. Wear disposable gloves and rubber boots. Use a shovel or an inverted plastic bag to remove the droppings and other contaminated materials.
  • Burn, bury or bag the latrine and then send it to a landfill. Cleaning agents cannot kill roundworms, but heat can kill them.
  • Use boiling water or hot soapy water to disinfect contaminated surfaces. When done, flush the dirty water to the toilet and disinfect the toilet surface as well. You may also disinfect the shovel and the bucket with boiling water.
  • Throw the disposable gloves together with the plastic bag of latrine. Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water after cleaning the infected area. Wash your clothes and boots with hot water as well.