In fact I find them to be foul little creatures. They are vicious, carry disease and are disgusting.
|Not so cute when they look like this, eh?|
They live everywhere in a city, not just in rural or semi-rural areas. They live in subdivision, suburbs and when I lived in downtown Seattle, I would see them running through the alleys at night.
People think I am joking when I call them walking bio-hazards. I am not. Raccoons are carriers of disease and can carry; distemper, leptospirosis, listeriosis, rabies, roundworms, tetanus, and tularemia. All of which are pretty nasty ailments.
Raccoon poop is tubular and blunted on one end and can contain seeds. It kinda looks like cat poop but with seeds. Fresh poop is brown and old poop looks a bit like leaf mold.
In cleaning raccoon latrines, some precautions have to be taken. You are going to need:
- Rubber gloves that you are going to throw away
- Disposable shoe booties or heavy rubber boots you can disinfect
- Particle mask
- Heavy duty plastic bags
- Spray bottle that you are going to throw away