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Dog Waste Cleanup

Doo Doo Disposal of Dog poop from your yard.

As springtime blooms, a wonderful fragrant blush of fresh air lingers around your home…Ahhh… a deep breath  invites floral scents into the sensory part of your brain, that warms ones soul… Or, is it the stench of melting dog feces, hidden under a snow bank in your yard?!!!

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If your neighbors are taking a wide berth around your property, instead of strolling by,  there might be an odorous reason!

Your eyes linger to the patio with the hopes of envisioning  bees humming around the flowers….but instead, you witness a vortex of flies circling around doggie doo doo in a frenzy of activity..
Besides the disgusting smell, dog poop can be quite a sensory overload to ones eyes. When you try to shovel it, it starts to smear all over the grass, ruining the landscaping1

Your kids are anxious to go play in the yard, but meander through the waste , avoiding the feces as if they were going though a minefield… and there in the middle of their sand box are feces-covered toys, left behind in the winter.

Naturally, home owners are adverse to  the nasty smells and appearance that dog waste can create on their property… But, yet, another issue unfolds:. Dog poop is a carrier for a large range of disease -causing parasites and bio hazards, making it an environmental concern!  Some scientists categorize dog waste on the lawn in the same risk matrix as pesticides! This creates a safety and environmental risk to your children and pets who walk across the lawn.

Did you know that feces can create  run off waste that goes into  the culverts and ultimately ,the waterway.?This can infect the  water system and even encourage  algae growth. Most of the culverts in your neighborhood are not designed to manage biohazards that can enter the drinking water.   This can lead to negative effects to aquatic life and plants. The algae growth can  ultimately choke out  flora and fauna by animal poop!.  Dog feces contains  millions of fecal bacteria, which can be dangerous to your pets and the 2 legged people around them. Concerned landowners may use a lawn mower to remove some of the feces.  The blades can actually  spread these bacteria across the lawn or into the home in an unpredictable fashion as the nuggets become airborne. .

What are the modes of transport for Fecal bacteria? Waste can settle in the groundwater or be exposed when the snow melts.  The pests on the feces can be airlifted off the ground  when people walk through the yard.or with a wind gust . It can stick to  shoes and clothes or be on  your dogs fur as he rolls around on the grass..The Lawn mower can launch bacteria around the yard as the blades spin.The bacteria can be airlifted about the yard oton insects and other pests.

Lately, the news has been concentrating on corona-virus. One hypothesis is that this virus can be contracted from fecal matter and passed to humans.

Another serious disease from waste exposure is parvo virus  which can spread from one dog to another through fecal matter and is a highly contagious.  My puppy developed parvo and had to be quarantined from parks and other animals for a few months while he recovered. This highly contagious disease can be spread to other dogs. As a new dog owner, I felt terrible that my helpless puppy had contracted such a terrible blight.

Whip-worms, hookworms, tapeworms and roundworms love to infect new hosts through dog poop. Other problem parasites from feces are giardia which can get into the water supply and make people very sick. .  Other parasitic diseases from feces include   coccidia. E. coli, Campylobacteriosis , and  salmonella, These diseases  can be transmitted to people, who are usually in close contact with their pets.

Check for symptoms of illness from  your dog. If your fur baby is feeling  lethargic, losing weight, vomiting, suffers from  bloating or his stool has diarreahea, these might be due to an exposure to feces..

Remember that landscaping focuses on making your yard look beautiful, but does not concentrate on sanitizing the area from toxic bacteria. A more prevention- oriented treatment my prevent your dog from becoming ill. This involves treatments to kill parasites on the property.

Diatomaceous earth is a simple,   organic treatment to rid the yard of parasites that wont cost you a serious money investment to undertake. It has a sharp surface that cuts the parasites in the ground. They eventually lose moisture and die, along with their eggs as they come in contact with this product..

A faster and more expensive option is to use a chemical solution that can be sprayed in the yard to kill off bacteria and their offspring . It also can destroy worms in the earth. However, there are negative outcomes to ones health and the environment, without carefully weighing the pros and cons of using a chemical solution.

To oust the  parasites in your lawn, it is best to regularly remove the dog waste and offers a simple solution.. 

Avoid doing this yourself  if  you are  pregnant or nursing. Educate your children to avoid touching the waste. Don’t allow your animals to sniff the feces or roll around in it. 

The following are a few simple tips to Clean up your yard and Avoid Spreading Disease:

Use a plastic baggy that is compostable to scoop up the poop.  If you can use a compostable bag, it can be disposed of in the green bin.

Wear personal protective equipment, such as non latex gloves and a N95 mask. Clean your clothes after picking up the waste. Spray down your shoes before entering the house. 

Wash down your lawn implements and shoes.

Avoid bringing contaminated clothing into the house.

Build an in-ground  digester system which digests dog poop using an enzyme solution. This product liquefies the feces, which goes into the appropriate drainage.

Do not mulch the  poop into your yard as it can spread disease.

If you don’t have the inclination or time to clean up the dog poop, you can always hire Allstar Pet Patrol.  

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