Animal feces: what is it?
Animal feces can actualy be a dangerous bio-hazard. Animal feces from rodents like rats, mice, bats and birds are associated with numerous respiratory and other ailments including Cryptococcus, Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS), and leptospirosis: salmonella poisoning, Rabies, bacterial infections similar to tuberculosis, typhus fever, trichinosis, plague, infectious Jaundice and the Hantavirus. In addition to these bio hazards these animals can also transmit mites, worms and other parasites harmful to humans. Where people are nearby, high concentrations these animals of and especially their feces poses serious health risks.
Where can it be found?
Animal feces can be found almost any where in any building we work or live in inside walls, ceilings and especially attics. Where significant numbers of these animals roost there will be large concentrations of their feces. The inhalations of particulate from these feces often disturbed during renovation or clean up can presents a serious health risk to all but especially those with compromised immune systems, the old, young and expectant mothers.
What can be done about it:
Living with animal feces is totally preventable. Ensure that your home has a complete building envelope with no holes or entries for these animals to enter. Make sure there is nothing on your property, trash or nesting material that will attract them. If they enter your home consult a pest control professional to remove them, prevent their return and help you decide whether the remaining feces presents a serious health risk. An environmental professional experienced with bio hazards will also help you decide the safest method for dealing with these contaminants.