NEW YORK — If you’re worried about baby squirrel sightings, you should probably wash your baby squirrel bathtub.
A new study says washing baby squirrel urine in water with soap and water might actually be a good idea because the tiny rodents can be a little bit gross.
According to the study, published in the journal Animal Behavior and Ecology, newborn squirrels in bathtubs with a pH of 5.5-7.5 are more likely to get a “belly rub” or “soggy diaper,” which is where urine meets water.
When newborn squirrel urine is mixed with water, the body of the animal goes into a condition called dehydration, which means the water evaporates and the animal doesn’t have enough water to function properly.
It’s an especially common problem for babies in small baths.
Researchers from the University of Minnesota and The Ohio State University surveyed 1,000 newborn squirrel baths and found that the pH of the bathtub was the most important factor in whether or not a squirrel was in the bath, with bathtubes that had pH between 5.0 and 5.8 most likely to have a squirrel in the tub.
The pH of a bathtub should be between 6.5 and 7.0 to make it safe for a newborn, the researchers found.
But if your baby bathtub is too acidic, baby squirrel feces may seep into the tub and cause a “fecal odyssey,” which means your baby may have to crawl out and find another bathtub to pee in.
This isn’t an easy situation to handle, said study author Amy Acker of the University at Buffalo.
“The more you dilute the pH in your bath, the more likely your baby is going to pee,” Acker said.
The study found that babies that were washed with warm, neutral, or neutral soap were less likely to experience a fecal odourney in their bathtub than those that were exposed to a diluted bath.
In the end, washing baby bathtub urine in warm water with a neutral soap and warm water diluted to pH 5.4 was the best way to prevent a fecally odyssey.
While washing baby water with hot water to a pH 5,5 or 5.9 is a great way to wash out the water in your tub, this method also makes it harder to get rid of fecal matter.
“You’re putting it back in the system,” Aker said.
So how do you avoid the fecal-odor-inducing odyssey?
The easiest way to avoid fecal odor in your baby water is to rinse your baby tub every two hours, according to Acker.
This helps to rinse the tub, as well as help to clean out the feces and other debris.
You can also use a soft toilet seat and scrubbing soap in the toilet to clean the tub clean.
The researchers also suggested that you avoid washing your baby’s diaper in the bathroom or in a bath tub that is too alkaline.
This might not be an option for everyone, but it’s best to wash your diaper regularly.
To learn more about the importance of bathtuba cleaners, visit the Bathtub Guide.