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There are three quite serious diseases you will need to take into consideration before you start hunting out and moving around squirrel feces. Tularemia is caused by a bacteria that seems to be carried mostly by smaller animals — rodents, such as mice and rats, as well as rabbits, and also hares. The disease can be passed on to humans, not just via the fees the urine, as we just mentioned, but also by direct contact with an infected animal, bites from infected deer fly and ticks, and also drinking water that has become contaminated with the bacteria. It is a disease that can be treated with antibiotics, but in some cases it can prove fatal.
Leptospirosis is another disease you’ll need to concern yourself with, when handling squirrel feces and urine. Another bacterial disease, it can affect both animals (wild and domesticated) and humans. The earliest of symptoms with this bacterial infection are often similar to what comes with bother, less dangerous and more common conditions, making it easily missed by medical professionals. If the disease is not diagnosed correctly, it can't be treated, and then you enter into dangerous territory. This is a disease that will affect organs, such as the kidney and liver, causing total failure in some cases. It can also cause problems with the respiratory system, cause meningitis, and the most severe of cases, can even result in death.
Although wild animals, such as squirrels, can carry the bacteria that causes leptospirosis, other animals can too. Cattle, pigs, horses, and other farmyard animals have all been known to carry and transmit the infection, and rats and mice, as well as domesticated or stray dogs.
The final disease you will need to think about when dealing with squirrel feces, is typhus. Rats, as well as other animals (including squirrels) can carry fleas, and if these fleas are infected with a bacteria called Rickettsia typhi, flea-borne typhus, or endemic typhus, can spread, usually via the feces left behind by infected fleas.
What Does Squirrel Feces Look Like?
If you spot small raisins, or something that looks similar to a jelly bean, lying around, there’s a good chance you will have found yourself some squirrel poop. They’re about 5 to 8 mm in length, and they’ll be liberally scattered around. These creatures, just like others, such as rats and mice, drop their waste matter as they run around, so you will likely find squirrel droppings along the routes the animal takes. You can use the trail of feces to carefully diagnose the invading animal (if you didn't already know it was a squirrel), and also to find out where it is spending the majority of its time. If there is no poop, there's a good chance the squirrel is running around there quite so much.
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How to get rid of squirrels - my main squirrel removal info guide.
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