Possum Poop Identification | What Does Possum Droppings Look Like
Poop talk! Not a very polite topic to discuss but a pretty necessary one; we are talking about possum droppings today.
Wild animals, just like us, eat, sleep, and most importantly, shit.
And while they might not always stop by in your when you are around, their scat is usually the proof of their visit.
So if you have seen poo like that of dog’s off late everywhere, you might be graced with the presence of a possum in your yard or your house!
But how do you differentiate between a possum’s droppings and that of other animals? Keep reading to find that out.
What Does Possum Poop Look Like?
To co-exist with a possum means to live with a mess not necessarily even being aware of it; a possum leaves behind a mess wherever it goes.
Possum poop looks like that of your pet dog’s poop, a medium-sized dog, maybe; and, it often smells the same.
Identification Of Possum Poop
A possum usually excretes in the same place where it has been feeding.
There usually are piles of poo just lying around, and it won’t be difficult to tell that it’s possum poop.
In most cases, poop can be found in places where a dog cannot usually enter.
So, before you blame your poor dog, investigate the spot of the crime with the utmost attention.
Possum poop is mostly brown in color; it’s shaped curly because the animal bends while it excretes.
It smells almost like dog poo and also the closest poop to possum’s poo is that of a skunk.
However, a skunk only enters your house to give birth and when a skunk enters our house, you usually know.
So, it’s not that difficult to identify possum poop after all.
Difference Between Possum Poop And Rat Poop
So, now that you have been pretty sure that the poop is not that of your dog’s, you might be wondering if it could be of any other animal.
The most common question while identifying a possum poop is whether it could be rat droppings.
Like I always keep mentioning, the first step towards dealing with a pest is recognizing it.
The best way to identify possum poop is by looking at the shape of the pellets.
Even though similar in size, rat pellets tend to differ from possum poop as the pellets are more pointed towards the end and possum pellets are not so tapered.
A rat infestation is even worse than a possum infestation; rat droppings pose more health risks as rats are the carriers of many diseases.
Is Possum Poop Dangerous?
Possum poop surely is dangerous; just inhaling a possum’s poop can pose a serious health risk.
Inhaling a possum’s poop can make the fungal spores get into a person’s lungs and cardiovascular system and cause diseases like Toxoplasmosis, Leptospirosis, Coccidiosis, etc.
While the Toxoplasma gondii parasite passes on the infection Toxoplasmosis; people can also get it if eaten undercooked meat that is contaminated or from animal feces.
The symptoms can be similar to flu, including headache, fever, flu, body ache, etc.
On the other hand, in the case of coccidiosis, a person if stepped on the feces of a possum, the bacteria can get into the bloodstream and make the person ill.
It can affect infants the most, and the symptoms include fever, weight loss, abdominal cramps, headaches, constipation, etc.
Leptospirosis can be fatal to humans; it can lead to liver and kidney failure and meningitis.
How To Clean Possum Poop?
You have to be extremely careful while dealing with possum poop; the feces can be potentially fatal to people and pets.
Merely eradicating the critter is not enough; you also have to remove the soiled insulation and any other item that could be infected.
The poop should be very carefully removed with gloves worn hands because the poop mustn’t break and drop on the ground because if that happens, there is a chance of the particles getting into the air.
The poop needs to be picked and kept carefully in a double bag; once the waste has been carried out and dumped away, the place needs to be cleaned with a disinfectant that is strong or an enzyme cleaner.
It is best to use a fogging machine to reach the hard-to-reach spots.
There are many problems we as humans face while cohabiting with other animals in the same space.
But getting rid of animals just to make our own life liveable is not an option because they have an equal right to live and thrive just like us.
The only remedy is to keep them at bay and poop identification of these animals is one way of figuring out which one has recently visited your yard or your homes.
That’s why this article is a must-read if you are frequently revisited by possums on your property.
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Have a great day!