IPSWICH woman Miranda Flemming is cleaning up the city of Ipswich - one backyard at a time.
"The downside of keeping pets is they poop," Mrs Flemming said.
"For a modest fee, I'll come and scoop it for you."
Mrs Flemming said she was happy to be known as the city's CEO - chief excrement officer.
She opened her pet sitting business, Home Petz, in December and decided to tackle the problem of pet owners not picking up their furry friends' waste.
"My husband thinks my fascination with poop is tragic, but agrees it could be a worthwhile stream to add to my business, as most pet sitters experience seasonal fluctuations," she said.
Mrs Flemming said pet droppings were a breeding ground for bacteria, viruses and worms, which were not a great mix with children.
"Pet faeces are often laden with parasites and sometimes viruses such as the deadly parvovirus," she said.
"Cat waste may contain a parasite toxoplasmosis that is a risk to pregnant women."
Mrs Flemming said "poop was still a big taboo" in most societies.
"But it shouldn't be ignored, and dealing with it is part of the responsibility of a pet owner," she said.
"If you can't scoop it, get someone who can."
Mrs Flemming said she appreciated the topic was "pretty disgusting" and many people had trouble keeping their stomach contents intact while cleaning it up.
"I want to help make Ipswich a cleaner and healthier city, one yard at a time," she said.
For a $20 weekly fee, Mrs Flemming will come to your house and scoop up one to two pets' worth of waste.
Twice a week is $35, and a daily rate could be worked out with the client.
- One in four Ipswich residents has four legs - or almost 60,000 cats and dogs. That's about half a million poops per week.
- Most of it is left accumulating on lawns and footpaths.
- It gets mowed over, breaking it into smaller pieces all over the lawn.
- Old poop generates a huge cloud of poop dust which then gets inhaled.
- Lawn mowing contractors typically mow straight over it, having it stick to their wheels.
- It then gets transferred to other properties along with deadly diseases.
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