When they think of dangers associated with raccoons, most people say “rabies.” While rabies is a common infection with raccoons, there is another danger with raccoons that is less known, namely Baylisascaris procyonis or more commonly raccoon roundworm. Baylisascaris procyonis is a roundworm whose eggs are commonly found in the feces of raccoons. What makes the worm dangerous is that when ingested, it can enter a person’s blood stream and damage organs and ultimately cause death.
In light of this threat, people understandably want raccoon latrines to be removed from their homes and property. But how should this be done? Disturbing raccoon latrines can cause the eggs to become airborne and contaminate even more areas. Regrettably, the wildlife control industry doesn’t have protocols established on the proper of cleaning and removal of raccoon latrines. Stephen M. Vantassel has drafted a protocol in the hopes that it will ultimately provide some guidance and standardization in the clean up of raccoon latrines. While still a work in progress, it is a step in the right direction. You can download the publication at A Draft Proposal for An Industry Protocol for the Cleanup of Raccoon Latrines.