Why bother cleaning & dog pooper scooping my yard at all?
YUCK! This is an unpleasant subject, we know. But dog pet waste isn't just an eyesore or smelly.
And the dog poop sitting on your grass right now is most definitely not a fertilizer and does not just "break down." You can't see the poop pile, but all of its harmful pathogens and bacteria are spreading everywhere.
It is hazardous, full of viruses, bacteria and pathogens, worms, parasites, attracts pests - not to mention how it damages & yellows your grass or results in you or your child accidentally stepping in a doggie landmine.
Dog feces is full of bacteria, pathogens, worms & parasites
It has been estimated that a single gram of dog waste can contain 23 million fecal coliform bacteria, which are known to cause cramps, diarrhea, intestinal illness, and serious kidney disorders in humans.
DOG FECES DANGER TO HUMANS INCLUDE:
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DOG WASTE IS DANGEROUS TO WATERWAYS & THE ENVIRONMENT
The EPA estimates that two or three days’ worth of droppings from a population of about 100 dogs would contribute enough bacteria to temporarily close a bay and all watershed areas within 20 miles of it and prevent all swimming, fishing and shellfishing.
The dog poop in your yard doesn't just stay in your yard. Water and rain wash over it and carry its polluting and harmful organisms into waterways, streams, lakes and rivers
Worms deposited by infected animals can live in soil for long periods and be transmitted to other animals & humans.
DON'T YOU AND YOUR DOGS DESERVE A POOP & PEST FREE BACK YARD?
Isn't dog poop a good fertilizer?
No way! Dog's diets are very high in protein (and meat based) so their poop is very acidic and cam kill grass.
Likewise, dog feces is full of bacteria and pathogens; using it as fertilizer or compost, especially on edible gardens, poses serious potential health risks and is discouraged by the CDC:
"Composting and burial do not kill hazardous pathogens that may be in the pet waste and can pollute water. Landfills are designed to safely handle substances such as dog waste, cat litter and dirty diapers. Yards are not.
Most home compost piles don't reach temperatures sufficient to kill many hazardous pathogens. Extended exposure at 140-degree temperatures is required to kill E. coli and salmonella.
Giardia can survive temperature extremes, chlorination and drying. Cryptosporidium, Leptospira, Salmonella and E. coli can survive for months in feces or soil. Roundworms can survive four years in soil.
Even commercial yard waste processors do not currently compost waste at temperatures sufficient to kill many pathogens in pet waste, so don't put dog waste in the yard waste bins for curbside pickup."
A: Not a good idea.
Commercially produced pet waste digesters are no better than burial, since they essentially function like broken septic systems. There is evidence that these systems often do not function properly.
Even manufacturers say that they do not function properly where water tables are high, in low temperatures, and in some soil types common to our area. Manufacturers also say that the systems don't work as well when used with dog foods containing high ash levels, which are common in many low-cost dog foods. Even assuming these devices function as designed, there is little, if any, evidence that they treat waste sufficiently to meet desired standards. Remember, pet waste is sewage just like human waste; using such a device to treat an equivalent amount of human waste is prohibited by law.
The devices are an added expense to the homeowner (typically $25-$60 for the device and $14 annually for “digester”), require installation, and require frequent maintenance (some ecommend daily addition of water and “digest
A: Pet waste is biodegradable in that it decomposes under natural conditions, but the harmful bacteria,
viruses, and parasites in it can continue to live on even though the waste pile seems to have disappeared.
When pet waste is washed into streams or bays, the waste decomposes, using up the oxygen in the water and releasing ammonia. Under those conditions and warm water temperatures, fish and other aquatic life can be killed. Pet waste also contains nutrients that encourage weed and algae growth.
A: Yes, this is the preferred disposal method. By putting pet waste in the trash, it prevents the waste from becoming a source of pollution in our streams and bays. Landfills are designed to safely handle substances such as dog waste, cat litter, and dirty diapers.
Many people already place their dog waste in the trash because it’s convenient. Some hide it in the trashcan because they think it’s prohibited. Don’t worry! It’s allowed. If you are already placing it in the trash, keep up the good work!
If this is not practical for you, please contact DIRTY WORK today for a free quote; we are always on Doodie Duty!
A: We certainly want to reduce our waste stream to landfills wherever possible. When it comes to pet waste, however, there is currently no better alternative. There is nothing “natural” about the concentrated number of dogs in Atlanta’s urban and suburban areas. Native wildlife populations do not reach that density. The question, then, is how we deal with the waste produced by this unnatural concentration of animals.
Burial, composting, waste digesters, and letting it lay in yards contaminate water and jeopardizes human and pet heath. Flushing is impractical for most people. At some point in the future, commercial composting technology may be sufficient to treat pet waste, enabling curbside pickup along with yard waste. Until then, landfilling is the best alternative for pet waste. Composting is good for yard waste and bad for pet waste.
A: No. Dog waste is raw sewage. Stormwater ponds and swales are not designed to treat the pathogens in raw sewage. Stormwater is not treated at a sewage treatment plant. The stormwater from ponds is released into pipes and ditches that discharge directly to streams and bays.
Ponds and swales do help clean stormwater by providing an opportunity for sediments, and any pollutants that are bound to them, to settle out; however, pathogens that remain suspended are discharged directly into streams and bays without further treatment.
DIRTY WORK double bags all collected dog waste, cleans and disinfects our tools and boots between each yard / property, and disposes of all pet feces properly & in full accordance with local ordinances.
Pet feces can be catastrophic to the local water table, contaminating nearby ponds, lakes, rivers and drinking water.
When feces is allowed to remain on the soil for long periods, rainstorms will begin to dilute and break apart the feces and slowly spread the bacteria on other contaminants into local water sources.
If your yard happens to hold water for extended periods of time, the problem may be amplified. To avoid potential infection, dog feces should be removed from the yard every 1 - 7 days, depending on the size of the dog and number of dogs in the household. Larger dogs will need more frequent cleanup, as will households with more than 1 dog. A family with one Pomeranian will have a much lower environmental impact than the family with 2 Great Danes.
If you are too busy to clean up after your dog, or the thought of it just makes you gag, let DIRTY WORK Pet Waste Removal Service do the dirty work for you.
Yes, humans are capable of contracting hookworms, tapeworms, threadworms and campylobacteriosis. This is the most significant reason to avoid allowing dogs to lick & give puppy kisses to your face and mouth.
If a dog has recently eaten feces or attempted to groom their hind quarters and come into contact with this infectious material, there is a chance the parasites will be passed directly into your mouth. Children are especially venerable to infection because they tend to enjoy playing in the dirt, where parasites such as hookworm larvae lay dormant waiting for a new host. Young children may also put dirty hands or toys in their mouth, further increasing the chance for infectious material consumption.
Dog feces may contain parvovirus, whipworms, hookworms, roundworms, threadworms, campylobacteriosis, giardia, and coccidia. If left unattended, these parasites will contaminate the water, soil, and can even cause infection in both pets and humans (especially children). The microscopic Hookworm larvae can be passed to another pet or person directly through the skin or by accidental ingestion as can other bacteria.