How to Get Rid of a Raccoon Latrine

If you find a raccoon latrine in your attic, you want it gone ASAP! Raccoon latrines are not only disgusting but can contain harmful pathogens and parasites, such as roundworm eggs. But how should you go about removing a raccoon latrine? And how can you stop this from happening again? Here’s what you need to know about how to get rid of a raccoon latrine.  

a raccoon latrine on a staircase of a house

Protect yourself from hazards.

Before removing a raccoon latrine, ensure you have the proper personal protective equipment (PPE) to avoid direct contact with raccoon feces and any harmful bacteria and parasites they may contain. Use the following PPE:

  • Disposable Gloves
  • Disposable Booties 
  • An N95-rated respirator (CDC recommended) 
  • Cover up well in long trousers and long-sleeved clothing. 

After you have removed a raccoon latrine and disinfected the area, dispose of PPE, wash hands thoroughly, and launder clothes at a hot temperature to kill any eggs that may have transferred onto clothing. 

types of PPE needed for raccoon latrine clean up

Step-by-Step Guide to Raccoon Latrine Removal 

The following steps depend on whether you found a raccoon latrine indoors or outdoors. In both cases, it is vital to ensure that pets and children stay well away from the raccoon latrine before and during cleaning.

How to get rid of a raccoon latrine outside your home: 

 1. Preparation: Gather your cleaning supplies, including a shovel, garbage bags, bleach or disinfectant, scrub brush, and water hose.

A person with hands full of cleaning equipment

2. Put on PPE, including a mask, gloves, and booties, and make sure you are well-covered. 

A man with PPE including respirator

3. Clear the Area: Remove any debris or objects near the raccoon latrine to provide easy access for cleaning.

sweeping up debris from raccoon latrine

4. Collect Feces: Use a shovel to collect feces carefully. Place the waste in a sturdy garbage bag (you may want to double bag it) and tie it securely. 

A garbage bag

5. Dispose of Waste: Dispose of the garbage bag containing the collected feces in an outdoor trash bin with a secure lid.

a person placing a trash bag in the trash can outside

6. Next, you must treat the area to kill roundworm eggs. According to the CDC: “Most chemicals do not kill roundworm eggs, but heat will kill the eggs instantly.” They advise using boiling water or a propane torch to treat decks, patios, or other feces-soiled surfaces. However, if using a propane torch, the fire risks are high, so ensure you aren’t flaming any surface that may catch fire. The CDC also advises you to speak with your local fire department for local regulations and safety practices before commencing work.

a propane torch used for burning a raccoon latrine

7. Clean Equipment: Wash all tools and equipment used in the cleaning process thoroughly with soap and water. Disinfect any reusable tools with boiling water to prevent contamination. Change your clothing and dispose of PPE.

A man throwing away PPE

How to get rid of a raccoon latrine inside your home: 

  1. Preparation: Gather your cleaning supplies, including a shovel, garbage bags, a bucket of boiling hot, soapy water, and a spray bottle of water. *Do not use a propane torch inside your house*
  2. Put on PPE, including a mask, gloves, and booties, and make sure you are well-covered. 
  3. Lightly spray the area with water to minimize the spread of dust and debris. 
  4. Remove feces and anything contaminated with feces using a shovel or plastic bag. This should be buried, burnt, or bagged (using strong trash bags) and placed in the trash.
  5. Wipe the area with a damp (but not wet) sponge, rinsing your sponge often in a bucket of hot, soapy water.
  6. Place the sponge in a plastic bag and put the bag in the garbage.
  7. When you have finished cleaning the area, flush the dirty water down the toilet and disinfect the bucket and any non-disposable cleaning tools. Change your clothing and dispose of PPE.

Post-Raccoon Latrine Removal

If the raccoons remain in the area, they may return to the latrine site. If the latrine was outside, you could tape a plastic sheet over the area or place garden furniture there. If the latrine was on soil, it’s best to remove the top couple of inches of soil and replace it with fresh soil. This will break the raccoon’s habit of defecating in this place. You can also work to make your property less attractive to raccoons to prevent them from returning. A food source will attract Raccoons and other pests, so make sure trash cans are secured with tight-fitting lids and remove outdoor food sources. It’s also vital to seal off any potential entry points to your home or property in case raccoons try to enter your home.

Did you find a raccoon latrine inside your home after suffering a raccoon infestation? If so, have your attic and home been thoroughly inspected, and any potential entry holes repaired and sealed up? This is essential if you don’t want raccoons or other pests to enter your home again. Monitor the old latrine area for signs of raccoon activity, such as new droppings or property damage. If raccoons continue to be a problem, consider contacting a professional wildlife removal service for assistance. 

Raccoon in an attic

Do you need help with cleanup?

Are you searching to find out how to get rid of a raccoon latrine in your attic? Removing and cleaning up a raccoon latrine yourself can be time-consuming and risky. Have you thought about contacting an attic cleanup company? Professional attic cleanup technicians are experts in dealing with toxic substances in attics. Not only do attic cleanup experts understand how to get rid of raccoon latrines successfully and safely, but they also have the professional equipment to do this work thoroughly so you can rest assured that your home is a safe environment. Our Attic Cleanup technicians perform cleanup, decontamination, and air scrubbing as part of our attic cleanup services. We can give you peace of mind that all harmful spores and pathogens have been eliminated, and your home is a safe and healthy place to live! 

If you need help with raccoon latrine cleanup, contact us today!

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