Did you know that pet waste is one of the causes of bacterial contamination in Mecklenburg County streams? Although “natural,” dog waste does not biodegrade safely in yards.
“Roundworms, E. coli, and Giardia are just a few of the many harmful microorganisms that can be transmitted from pet waste to humans,” according to CharMeck.org. “Some can last in your yard for as long as four years if not cleaned up. Children who play outside and adults who garden are at greatest risk of infection.”
For safe and easy disposal, scoop and bag the waste, dispose of it in the trash, then thoroughly wash your hands.