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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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