How to Avoid Roundworm Infection in Children: Pick Up the Poop and Wash Hands

One year ago today, Christopher Hamberger went with me to observe a day in the life of a pooper scooper. He filmed the journey at four different yards in Louisville and Elizabethtown. We posted this video to several social media sites including this blog and developed a QR Code that we slapped on the back of the Jeep and after one year, this has become the most popular video we have produced. With nearly 2,500 views in 12 months, I am very pleased with the level of interest in the dog waste removal service industry.

In this video, you get to watch me search yards for dog waste. I happily collect it in my trusted lobby dustpan using a Corona Extendable Cultivator. Then, I bag the waste and haul it away for safe disposal. Along the way, I offer insight into why I do what I do.

Dog waste is a threat to people, pets, and the environment. Anyone whose owned a dog for more than a month knows that veterinarians often inspect a dog’s stool for parasites such as roundworm, hookworm, tapeworm, whipworm, Giardia, or coccidia. Pets become infected by these organisms when they ingest them. With the exception of tapeworm, infection often happens because of coprophagy (the eating of one’s own stool).

Infection can occur in people too, especially children who come in contact with contaminated soil. Often, children playing in the dirt will forget to wash their hands before eating. If the parasite is on their hands when they eat, they unknowingly introduce them into their body. Roundworm infection in children can cause “visceral larval migrans” – a fancy way of saying migrating worms – that migrate to the eyes causing blindness.

As for the environment, dog waste contains high levels of nitrogen. Because poop is protein based, it could take up to one year for a pile of waste to break up into small enough pieces that it virtually disappears. In reality, the waste is flushed into storm drains and ground water systems where it can pollute our source water. Moreover, nitrogen deposits into streams result in a build up of ammonia that kill fish populations.

Pet owners must do their part to ensure a safe and healthy condition for their children, pets, and the environment. We want you to clean it up yourself, but if you just don’t have the time to do it, we are more than happy to do it for you at a nominal fee.

Please comment if you have any unanswered questions after viewing the video.


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