OPOSSUM URINE: IS IT TOXIC? HOW TO CLEAN ODOR
When most people found out there is an opossum in their home, they mostly want to know the full extent of the damage it can cause. However, many people think towards physical damage left by this creature, such as attic insulation being ruined, garbage cans knocked over; that sort of thing. Very few people actually stop to think about the common health concerns that this creature can bring with it, especially when it comes to the droppings that it will leave in its wake.
Just like any other wild animals, opossum have urine that could smell really bad and create stinky odor in your home. The urine carry loads of harmful virus that may not be visible to the eyes. The most painful part is that when other animals like your cat or dogs lick these parasites, they can accidentally get inside their intestine and grow to become serious diseases.
There is nothing worse than smelling a wild animal after you have successfully managed to get rid of it from your home, but this is usually the case with a lot of animals, especially when you have to take into consideration things like the opossum urine smell, which can linger for a long time after the animal has been removed. You will smell the opossum urine smell before you see it usually; it has quite a bad smell to it. However, you may notice the brown stained patches. These can happen in anywhere that the animal has inhabited, and there have even been signs of the urine actually leaking through the ceiling to create dark stains, especially with animals that have been successfully living in an attic. One of the best things that you can do if you have noticed the staining or the smell associated with the opossum urine is to take action on it as soon as possible. This is because the urine of the opossum can contaminate specific areas within your home and cause disease to spread; some of which can be particularly nasty to both household pets and humans.
Below are some of the ways of getting rid of opossum smell:
It is possible or likely that mold will grow on the areas around opossums feces and urine, and urine can damage wood or sheetrock. Some of the mold can potentially cause diseases that people can catch.
Therefore, it is important to remove or vacuum all droppings, or remove all the soiled insulation.
Fog the attic with a special enzyme- based cleaner that destroys any organic matter and deodorizes the space.
Repair any damages such as ductwork, electrical wires, pipes, insulation, and more.
If you find possum urine 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.
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