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You are often led to believe that the squirrel is a dangerous animal, rabid and bitey and riddled with all sorts of diseases, but it isn’t always the squirrel animal itself that you need to worry about. Even after the squirrel is long gone, the threat of disease can still be present, in biological material, nesting substances, or even waste — feces and urine. This is usually the case with most wild animals — they will all come with their own unique set of diseases that accompany waste material.
As well as salmonella poisoning, a fairly common case of an upset stomach, squirrel feces can also be responsible for a disease called leptospirosis. Neither of these diseases are usually fatal when they are diagnosed and treated early, but this doesn’t diagnosis doesn't happen early in many cases. The early symptoms of leptospirosis look like a common cold or a simple case of the flu, and it will only be after a few weeks when the symptoms don't get any better that you start to realise that something more serious might be wrong. At this stage, the disease will have been free to wreak havoc.
Antibiotics will treat early diagnosed cases of leptospirosis, but if the condition goes untreated, internal bleeding and even organ failure can occur.
Squirrel feces can be just as dangerous as the squirrel itself, and this is the biggest reason behind ensuring you have done a proper cleanup mission once the animal has been evicted. Any trace of the feces that has been left behind could harbor the threat of disease, and that trace could contaminate food and water sources very easily, as well as soil, and could easily make its way into the mouth if small children are playing in that area.
Squirrel feces is actually very dangerous, especially when you aren’t aware that you have been in contact with it. When you cleanup after your squirrel invader, make sure you are doing so in the right way.
Go back to the Squirrel Removal page, or learn tips to do it yourself with my How to Get Rid of Squirrels guide.