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Is opossum feces dangerous to touch or breathe?

Opossums leave a substantial amount of feces behind, as they roam through your household. The appearance of the possums droppings is relatively similar to regular dog feces. It is the similar color, smell, shape and size. For this reason, it might be hard to identify possum feces if you have other pets in your home. This poses a health risk for your, because possum feces is very harmful to people, as it carries numerous bacteria and infectious disease. It very dangerous to come in contact with, including touching or inhaling. There are several reasons why it is like that.

Rat feces can contain numerous bacteria and fungus, which can spread to humans though physical contact and inhalation. Possum feces can spread diseases like leptospirosis, EPM and salmonella. EPM is a dangerous neurological disease that can spread through contact with possum feces. Other illnesses, like leptospirosis and salmonella, can spread to other animals as well. This means that, if you have any pets or farm animals, the disease could harm them too. The possum feces is also dangerous to inhale, as fungal spores could penetrate your lungs and cardiovascular system, affecting your blood. To make sure that you don’t contract any disease due to contact with possum feces, you should follow few simple rules while you are removing possum feces from your home.

First things first, make sure to discover all the droppings in your home, front and back yard. You are going to need gloves, a mask and a cleaning kit to remove the feces safely, remember, and never handle the feces without proper protection. Always wear gloves and a mask, during the entire time your handle the feces. Don’t ever touch the feces with your bare hands, and use double bags to remove it. Next, always have your cleaning kit by your side. Once you remove the feces, make sure to disinfect the area completely. You can use bleach or other strong and effective disinfectants. After you've removed all of the feces from your home, make sure to perform a thorough disinfection of your household. However, your work doesn’t end here. You should possum-proof your home with proper fencing and fixing holes and gaps in your walls and windows.

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