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Opossum Urine - Diseases, Smell, and Color

Diseases - Although possums can carry some diseases, as can their parasites, the urine is sterile, like all urine. It is not an important vector of disease. Of course, I wash my hands after I handle it!

Color - Opossum urine is yellow in color, like pretty much all mammal urine. But when it stains through from the attic onto your ceiling, the stain will look darker, because of the nature of drywall.

Odor - It does have an odor, and it smells like most other wildlife pee, maybe a little more pungent.

There is nothing worse than smelling a wild animal after you have successfully managed to get rid of it from your home, but this is usually the case with a lot of animals, especially when you have to take into consideration things like the opossum urine smell, which can linger for a long time after the animal has been removed. You will smell the opossum urine smell before you see it usually; it has quite a scent to it. However, you may notice the brown stained patches. These can happen in anywhere that the animal has inhabited, and there have even been signs of the urine actually leaking through the ceiling to create dark stains, especially with animals that have been successfully living in an attic. One of the best things that you can do if you have noticed the staining or the smell associated with the opossum urine, is to call a wildlife professional. This may prove to be expensive but at the same time, you can guarantee that the job is done properly and efficiently. This is very much so the case because the urine of the opossum can contaminate specific areas within your home and cause disease to spread; some of which can be particularly nasty to both household pets and humans. If you have decided to amend the situation yourself, you are going to need some serious disinfectant, a good eye to catch all of the spots, and some heavy duty rubber gloves. Remember – it is always better to be safe than sorry!

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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