Our four-legged friends make our lives better in so many ways… and that’s why we decide to deal with their poop. But while we think Poo People is the best pet waste removal service in Cleveland, we know we can’t be there every time your dog does their business.
Maybe you’re out on a walk, at the dog park, or at a friend or relative’s house. In any of those cases, you want to make sure your dog’s droppings are cleaned up quickly and properly, and it may not exactly be practical for us to do it.
So here are some methods to help you handle your own animal waste pickup when we can’t do it for you. Some you probably already know, but some you may not have thought of.
Typical Dog Poop Removal and Cleanup Methods
Obviously, the most tried-and-true pet waste removal method is to simply pick it up with a plastic bag. Many communities and dog parks have dispensers of these bags for you to use whenever you need them, and bins to deposit them when you’re done. You probably even have a roll or two of them on hand yourself.
But if you’re trying to cut down on your plastic bag usage, you can also use newspaper as an environmentally-friendly option that decomposes naturally.
If you’re not into dog poop pickup that requires using your hands directly, you can always try a scooper! There are many varieties of scoopers to choose from. Some are true shovel-like “scoopers,” while others are lawn rake-style to prevent damage to the grass. You might even try a powered vacuum-style scooper!
Of course, while the best option for cleanup is total dog waste removal with a simple pickup, you may be wondering about some different ways to deal with the mess. So what are some alternative methods of pet waste cleanup in Ohio?
Should You Bury Dog Poop?
Generally speaking, burying your dog’s feces is not a good idea. For starters, if you don’t bury it properly, there’s a good chance it’s going to come right back up and be an unpleasant smelly surprise the next time the lawnmower comes through. That might be a good time to think about our deodorizing service!
Even if you bury it well enough that it won’t come up, dog poop is actually quite harmful to the environment and can release pathogens into the soil and water that are harmful to humans. If you bury dog feces anywhere close to, say, a vegetable garden, you’re asking for big trouble.
In other words, burying is a last-resort method of dog waste cleanup in Ohio, and in many cases, it may be worse than just not cleaning it up at all.
Can You Compost Dog Poop?
While burying is not an effective method of dog waste cleanup, you actually can compost it!
Well, sort of. If you’re thinking you can just scoop your dog’s droppings into your normal compost bin and go about your day, stop right where you are. That’s going to cause the same problems as burying it – parasites, pathogens, and the like. This is why we offer a sanitizing service to eliminate those harmful pathogens before they can cause problems in your lawn!
But unfortunately, your dog’s muck can’t be sanitized into composting like everyday waste. Composting dog poop is different from composting normal waste – even that of other animals! For starters, dog waste must reach a much higher temperature than normal compost to kill pathogens that could be harmful. There are special composting bins and methods unique to dog waste, so much so that the U.S. Department of Agriculture has a pamphlet about it.
The other key here – and this is a big one – is that if you choose composting as your dog poop disposal method, the resulting compost cannot be used on plants for human consumption. If you’re growing fruits, vegetables, or herbs, keep your dog waste compost away from it. Even if it’s been processed properly, it may still be harmful.
Properly composted dog waste is something you could use as lawn fertilizer, on trees, or potted plants, but never on a plant that produces something you plan to eat.
Regardless of what your pet waste pickup method may be, remember that The Poo People will always bring the right tools for the job and get your mess cleaned up quickly so you don’t have to worry about it. Contact us today so we can get your space cleaned, deodorized, and ready for you to use with no worries.