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Opossum Feces - Diseases, Smell

When you have an opossum in your home, you are going to want to know the full extent of the damage it can cause; that goes without saying. However, many people think towards physical damage left by this creature, such as attic insulation being ruined, garbage cans knocked over; that sort of thing. Very few people actually stop to think about the common health concerns that this creature can bring with it, especially when it comes to the droppings that it will leave in its wake.

Opossums will leave a lot of poo behind, normally around the same kind of look and size as that left by your average sized dog. It is also fairly similar to the feces left behind by a raccoon, which makes the droppings a rather unreliable source to figure out what animal you actually have living in your home.

What are the health risks of having opossum droppings in the house? There are a number of health hazards associated with the droppings of the opossum including EPM, a neurological condition that usually affects horses, leptospirosis, Salmonella and more. Imagine that your opossum is using your home as a public toilet, and then imagine how you would feel if a human that possibly doesn’t carry any of these disease took a toilet in your attic, and you would be around the right place – it is disgusting, disease or not!

With just a few short months in your home, your opossum will have built up a rather serious amount of possum droppings, all of which you are going to need to deal with when the animal has finally moved out. You wouldn’t trust the feces and urine left behind by any other animal, so don’t make the same mistake with the poop of an opossum and always play it safe.

It's possible or likely that mold will grow on the areas of feces and urine, and urine can damage wood or sheetrock. Some of the mold can potentially cause diseases that people can catch.
  • We remove or vacuum all droppings, or remove all the soiled insulation.
  • We fog the attic with a special enzyme-based cleaner that destroys any organic matter and deodorizes the space.
  • We repair damage, such as ductwork, electrical wires, pipes, insulation, and more.

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