Q: How sick can you get from exposure?
A: That can depend on exposure levels & your own tolerance. While people often experience many of the symptoms of dog waste exposure, without doctor's visits & testing, there's no way to know what can be directly attributed to dog waste.
Keeping exposure levels low is of course a great preventative choice in maintaining healthy lifestyles !
Q: Can the contaminants in dog waste kill you?
A: The CDC says that's pretty rare. They say people with lowered immune responses are at much greater risk of having more severe reactions. People with lowered immune responses may want to consult with their healthcare providers on their tolerance.
Q: Why are the diseases & parasites from dog waste so similar to the ones in food contamination outbreaks? A: Food contamination outbreaks are often caused when food has come in contact with intestinal parts at processing plants. As passing through the intestines is part of the process of 'becoming poop', they share many of the same contaminants.
Q: You can't have exposure if you don't step in it or touch it, right?
A: Wrong! It's beginning to decay as soon as it's deposited. It's breaking down and also going airborne. Rain & wind will help it break down faster. The Michigan air quality studies in 2011 attributed the high quantities of bacteria in the air to be from non other than .......... unscooped dog feces! People with existing respiratory conditions may be more sensitive to airborne waste particles. Interestingly, the Michigan studies didn't start out looking for dog waste matter ! click here for more info on the Michigan studies.
Q: Animals have always deposited their poop outside. Why is it such a big deal for dogs now?
A: Our continually growing population & trend of more & more people living in concentrated areas means that the number of dogs living in concentrated areas has also grown exponentially. It's way beyond what our ecosystem could have tolerated decades ago.
Q: It can't really be that much poop. Can it?
A: It's estimated that the roughly 78 million dogs in the U.S. on average excrete 274 pounds of waste each year!
That translates to roughly 10 million tons of dog waste each year. That's a lot of poop !
Q: Why isn't it a problem for human waste?
A: Human waste is treated before re-entering our waterways. The EPA says flushing dog waste in the toilet is a good option!
Q: Does unscooped dog poop attract flies?
A: Yes. Flies lay their eggs in feces, providing larvae an immediate source of food from undigested matter in the stool.
Q: If I see little 'wormlike creatures' in my dog's stool, could they be fly larvae?
A: They could be. In warm weather, fly eggs can hatch in as little as one week. Another benefit of scooping regularly is you won't mistakenly suspect your dog has worms & make emergency vet visits for fly larvae !
Q: Do any of the flies in Staten Island bite?
A: Yes. We can attest to the fact that they do.
Q: How Do I Get Service Started?
A: For the fastest response, call our main number, 718-DOG-POOP. ( 718-364-7667 ) We'll schedule an estimate & come out to see your property. We'd love to meet the dogs as well ! You won't need to be home but we'll need access to the yard. If you're reachable we'll contact you while we're there & give you some rates for service. You can also use the contact page & we'll reach out to you to schedule the estimate.
Q: Is there a contract?
A: No. Taking vacations with your lucky dogs? We ask for one week's notice to halt or suspend service.
Q: Are There Additional Charges Beside The Quoted Weekly Rates?
A: There could be an initial cleaning needed depending on when the yard was last cleaned or how thoroughly it's been kept up with. We'll let you know after seeing the yard.
Q: Are There Any Yards That Are Just Too Much For You To Clean?
A: Not Yet. Life doesn't go in a straight line. Prolonged health ailments & work schedules can lead to more arduous clean ups. We're happy to see families moving forward to healthier environments & reclaiming their yards!
Q: How often should we have our yard cleaned?
A: Lifestyles, tolerance levels & budgets can differ. While the majority of our clients prefer cleanings 2x weekly, we might suggest only weekly for your yard. After seeing your yard we'll give you prices for varying service. We want you to have the service that fits best for you.
Q: Do I pay weekly?
Yards serviced once weekly & higher are invoiced monthly.
Q: What payment methods does Doody Free accept?
A: Doody Free accepts Visa & Mastercard debit & credit cards, American Express & Discover cards. We also accept Paypal for online gift card purchases.
Q: Can I Get A One-Time Cleaning?
Of Course. We're Happy To Doo It!
Q: Can dog poop be composted & should you plant vegetables where your dogs poop?
A: Materials we've read from the EPA say composting generally doesn't provide enough heat to kill all the bacteria in dog poop in the typical one year many people compost for. Parasitic eggs can lay dormant in soil for several years. Typical composting times may produce compost that's good for some for landscaping but not for vegetation. For vegetation, the EPA says it can be four years before soil can be ready. They advise container gardening or changing/adding soil until it's ready for planting of vegetation.
Q: If we set up a backyard composting system, will Doody Free deposit our dog's waste in the compost pile?
A: Yes. We're happy to be part of solutions!!