Raccoon Poop Identification Guide

Now comes the nasty stuff, identifying the poop. Yes, it’s gross, but yes, it’s also necessary. Identifying poop that you find is the most sure-fire way to ensure that you have a raccoon. Their poop is very distinct from other animals that may be in your attic. Remember though, raccoon feces does have the potential to carry diseases, so before getting up close and personal with it, make sure you take proper precautions to protect yourself.

Most often, raccoon poop is in one location, however it can also be found in areas away from there as well so it is important to thoroughly check for it. Their droppings are fairly large, and may even resemble those of a small dog. Unlike rodent droppings, which look like grains of rice, raccoon droppings are tube-shaped and can often be 2-3 inches in length. One of the most commonly identifiers of raccoon poop is the evidence of berries. Raccoons love to eat berries, so you can often find these in their droppings.

Image of raccoon feces
Raccoons like to poop on your roof the most.

Raccoons have adapted the “latrine system”, meaning that they tend to pick a select spot and use that location for most of their dirty business. Here, you will more than likely find large piles of feces that has been built up from usage of the area. Often, these latrines are located in corners of the attic space or along the walls. Like many mammals, raccoons do not like the idea of sleeping close to their own waste, so you can more than likely find the latrines in a corner adjacent to their nests.