I’ve seen advertisements for professional “pooper scoopers” in my neighborhood. This makes me wonder if I should be more diligent about picking up my dog’s poop and if these types of services are worth the cost?
Scrutinizing Pooper Scoopers in Garden Oaks
Dear Scrutinizing Pooper Scoopers,
Fun fact: The 78.2 million dogs who live in the United States collectively deposit 10 million tons of waste per year in our yards (and occasionally on the living room rug…oops). We all love our dogs but not so much dealing with their “by products” while on walks or in yards. What you might not know is that it’s unlawful in Houston (to the tune of a fine up to $500) not to clean up after your dog in public. But at home, should you even bother? Should you scoop your dog’s poop or let it naturally decompose in the grass? Well, it turns out that poop left out in the yard can pose a health hazard, not only to your pets but to humans as well. Rain washes dog waste away and pollutes our water sources with E Coli, Giardia, and other assorted bacteria.
It’s a Gross Job, But Somebody’s Gotta Do It
Unless you have kids you can dispense to go out and pick up poop, the task of cleaning up after Rover falls on your shoulders…unless, of course, you enlist the help of a professional pet waste removal service. Companies such as Scoop le Poop (www.scooplepoop.com) and DoodyCalls (www.houstondogdoody.com) operate all over Houston and will come out and remove your pets poop every so often or on a regular basis. Claiming to have maintenance plans that cost about the price of a large pizza, companies like DoodyCalls will come to your home, scoop, bag and dispose of your doggie’s dung and make sure that your yard is sparkling clean and barefoot-friendly all year long. They also utilize safety measures to ensure that they don’t transfer bacteria from one yard to another during their cleaning process, so you don’t have to worry about your pet getting sick.
More Environmentally Friendly Options
Whatever method of poop-removal you employ–be it a professional service or child labor–is it environmentally friendly to use plastic bags (that take thousands of years to slowly break down in a landfill) to dispose of your pet’s poop? Well, the jury is still out on that one, but the best solution to this problem is to continue to scoop your dog’s poop but to switch over to biodegradable bags, which are commonly made from corn and biodegrade at a much quicker rate than conventional plastic. By making sure to clean up after your dog, you’ll keep your family and pets safe from toxins and bacteria and make your yard much more picnic-friendly.
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