One of the biggest questions most customers ask me in the field is what kind of feces is this? How can I tell what kind of animal left these droppings in my attic? How do I know whether or not this group is indeed possum feces and not possum poop or squirrel poop or rat poop? There a lot of distinguishing factors when it comes to determining possum poop, as you can tell from the pictures on this page.
How big are opossum droppings? opossum poop is about the size of dog poop; opossum droppings are notorious for looking just like Dog poop and are generally one large dropping and not broken smaller pieces. opossum poop generally does NOT have what looks like seeds in the actual opossum poop. If you see seeds in the poop it may be raccoon poop. Opossums are scavengers, they eat just about anything so you cannot really distinguish what animal you have in the attic if it is opossums in the attic based on what is in the actual poop itself. You will need to identify more the shape of the poop in the attic to determine if it is a opossum living in your attic. You can find anything edible from the wild inside opossum droppings. If you look closely at the pictures of the opossum poop on the right, you'll see how opossum feces are blackish in color.
If you were trying to identify opossum poop or trying to figure out how you can tell if you do indeed have opossums in the attic (based on the poop that's on the insulation), you're going to look for the following distinguishing factors. Generally opossum poop is about the size of dog poop; it is about a half inch to an inch in diameter, depending on the size and the age of the opossum that is in your attic. Most of the time when you have opossums in the attic, it's going to be a female that is pregnant and about to have her babies. Like I said earlier, the biggest giveaway with how to tell if it is opossum poop is going to be the berries in the poop itself. Generally opossum poop will break in the middle (not a continuous string of poop), as seen in this picture of opossum poop on the left. This is one way to distinguish opossum poop from opossum poop: opossum will generally be one continuous pile.
Regardless of what animal your poop belongs to, you want to make sure that you DO NOT touch feces you find in your attic. You should call a professional for wild animal poop removal. If you do decide to remove poop you find in your attic without the assistance of a professional wildlife control team, you definitely want to make sure you have a respirator on because opossum feces contain several different types of bacteria and insects that can harm you and potentially lead to death. One horrible health issue that stems directly from opossum poop is roundworm. Roundworm, if ingested, leads to a variety of symptoms and can become fatal. opossum roundworm can become ingested by simply breathing it in if you are around opossum feces. If you do not treat the roundworm that you ingest from opossum poop, you can eventually die. There are also other bacterias affiliated with possum poop such as histoplasmosis and hantavirus.
If you are in your attic and you notice that the opossum poop you find is in piles with urine spread around, this is called the latrine. opossums, unlike most other animals, will only poop in one area. Almost think of this as a toilet bowl. Whenever rats, opossums and squirrels poop, they will defecate wherever they're walking. There is no rhyme or reason why opossums will only poop in certain areas collectively. opossum latrines are also referred to as “the train” because opossum feces in the attic will pile up.
Another frequent question that customers call me and ask me about is what does opossum poop smell like? To be honest with you, it smells exactly how it sounds…terrible. Feces from opossums have a very strong odor mixed in with urine, so the feces will start to smell like ammonia as well as rotting feces. Flies, larvae and other parasites will gather around this opossum poop in your attic, so you want to make sure you're extremely careful. Remember that diseases can easily and instantly become ingested or inhaled from simple proximity with opossum roundworm. Eggs can also be found in feces and urine from opossums, which can also be inhaled. Larvae that is inside this parasite will start to affect the central nervous system of a human, causing diarrhea, dehydration and can lead to further health issues. For this reason, you should hire professional possum trappers and professional opossum removal companies when dealing with opossums in the attic. A professional opossum company like Centurian Wildlife Control uses proper respiratory safety equipment, including hazmat suits, to protect the working technicians during opossum feces removal. Professionals will remove the entirety of opossum poop and opossum urine in the attic that safely to ensure the environment is clean and sanitized and prevent any inhalation of hazardous diseases. Once opossum poop is removed by a professional wildlife control company, your opossum trapper will sanitize the attic and all of the areas where the opossum poop was in order to guarantee the safety of our customer’s clients and family.
Opossum droppings around your property, home, lawn or attic need to be removed immediately. opossum poop does smell; opossums are wild animals that live outside. opossums also tend to defecate in residential, as well as lakes, rivers and ponds. If you find opossum poop in any of these places or around your house or attic, stay away from it and make sure your dogs, cats and kids don't touch it, eat it or play with it. You do not want your children or pets to ingest any of the harmful bacteria and diseases that are affiliated with opossum poop or opossum urine. Excrement found your attic commonly belongs to opossums; if you think you may have an issue with opossum infestation in your attic, please inspect the images on the left to confirm that what you have found indeed belongs to opossums. You'll be able to get a good idea of what species you're found feces belong to. There are a lot of features of opossum poop that makes it different than other animal feces, so please pay a lot of attention to these. These opossum feces pictures will help you when trying to identify whether or not you are dealing with opossums in your attic or opossums pooping on your lawn.
If you think you are having an issue with opossum poop and want to get an expert opinion, give me a call! My name is Brendan Mangnitz with Centurian Wildlife Control and I am always available to help identify what kind of feces you have found and would be happy to send one of our technicians out to assist you.