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What Does Possum Poop Look Like?

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Possum Feces Identification Guide

Hi my name is Brendan Mangnitz, I have been in the Nuisance Wildlife Removal industry now for nearly 6 years since I graduated from College at UF with a background in Entomology and Wildlife Biology. I have seen and controlled just about any wildlife issue you may think of. I have dealt with possums in apartments complex, possum removal from your everyday household, possums in the attic, possums digging up yards, possums in pools, possums stuck in chimney’s, and the list goes on and on. I have used several different control and removal methods for possums and that’s what I want to share with you guys on our website here at

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Some of the biggest questions customers ask me in the field are: What kind of poop is this? How can I tell what kind of animal left these droppings in my attic? How do I know whether or not this poop is indeed possum poop and not raccoon 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 poop. If you see seeds in the poop it may be raccoon poop. Opossums are scavengers, they eat just about anything so you can’t 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 an 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.

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If you are trying to identify possum poop or trying to figure out how you can tell if you do indeed have possums in the attic (based on the poop that's in the insulation), you're going to look for the following distinguishing factors: Generally possum 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 possum that is in your attic. Most of the time when you have possums 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 possum poop is going to be the berries in the poop itself. Generally possum poop will break in the middle (not a continuous string of poop), as seen in this picture of possum poop on the left. This is one way to distinguish possum poop from rat poop: possum poop will generally be one continuous pile.

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Regardless of what animal the poop belongs to, you want to make sure that you DO NOT touch the 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 possum feces can 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 possum poop is roundworm. Roundworm, if ingested, leads to a variety of symptoms and can become fatal. Possum roundworm can become ingested by simply breathing it in if you are around possum feces. If you do not treat the roundworm that you ingest from possum poop, you can eventually die. There are also other bacterias affiliated with possum poopbacterias affiliated with possum poop such as histoplasmosis and hantavirus, which are both diseases that can lead to severe respiratory issues.

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Another frequent question that customers call me and ask me about is what does possum poop smell like? To be honest with you, it smells exactly how it sounds, terrible! Feces from possums has a very strong odor mixed in with a urine smell, so the feces will start to smell like ammonia and rotting feces. Flies, larvae and other parasites will gather around this possum 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 possum roundworm. Eggs can also be found in feces and urine from possums, 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 shouldhire professional possum trappers and professional possum removal companies when dealing with possum in the attic. A professional possum company like 24/7 Wildlife Control uses proper respiratory safety equipment, including hazmat suits, to protect the working technicians during possum feces removal. Professionals will remove the entirety of possum poop and possum urine in the attic safely to ensure the environment is clean and sanitized to prevent any inhalation of hazardous diseases. Once possum poop is removed by a professional wildlife control company, your possum trapper will sanitize the attic and all of the areas where the possum poop was in order to guarantee the safety of our customers clients and family.

possum poop is blackish in color

Possum droppings around your property, home, lawn, pool or attic need to be removed immediately. Possum poop does smell; possums are wild animals that live outside. Possums also tend to defecate in residential pools, as well as lakes, rivers and ponds. If you find possum 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 possum poop or possum urine. Poop found in your attic commonly belongs to possums; if you think you may have an issue with a possum infestation in your attic, please inspect the images on the left to confirm that what you have found indeed belongs to possums. You'll be able to get a good idea of what species the found feces belong to. There are a lot of features of possum poop that makes it different than other animal feces, so please pay a lot of attention to these. These possum feces pictures will help you when trying to identify whether or not you are dealing with possums in your attic or possums 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 24/7 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.