Raccoons are a frequent presence in urbanized areas. Properties which can be found close to bodies of water, forests, and woods, also commonly experience nuisance raccoon issues. Although raccoons are truly innocent and intriguing mammals, they pose a few dangers and need to be controlled in a secure and humane manner. If you still believe raccoons aren’t a threat, continue reading to learn the top 3 biggest dangers raccoons present to society.
The first and most significant threat posed with a wild raccoon existence on your premises is the risk of harming people, especially kids. Raccoons are known carriers of many viruses and infectious diseases, including serious ones like rabies, leptospirosis, distemper, and raccoon roundworm, as well as less severe ones, like fleas, lice, ticks, and more. Although raccoons don’t normally bite or attack, they will when they are provoked. As an example, young children who might stumble upon a baby raccoon from the lawn that they think is abandoned, but actually, the mother raccoon is nearby and willing to pounce when she feels her pup is in danger.
Pets tend to be victims of raccoon attacks because they unintentionally provoke them simply by being curious and trying to get a sniff. That is the reason pet vaccinations are so crucial for the protection of your cats and dogs. This includes vaccines for rabies, leptospirosis, distemper, lyme disease, and raccoon roundworm. Additionally it is crucial to provide your pet a flea, tick, and heartworm medication frequently.
Raccoons are very smart, and they have excellent memories and problem solving skills. They can utilize their ancestral paws to grasp, rip, and pry. They tear down attic insulation, chew up electrical wiring, soil floorboards and ceilings with their droppings, and more. But, even though raccoons cannot access the inner parts of a house or building, they can still cause a ton of structural damages to your house. They’ll tear up lawns searching for grubs, wipe gardens out, rip off siding, tear off roof shingles, rummage through garbage cans, steal bird seed and puppy food, and so much more.
Dealing With a Raccoon Problem
If you have a raccoon problem, you’ll have to take control by removing whatever it is that brings them to your property. For example:
Only take the garbage cans outside to the driveway on the morning of garbage pickup day, do not leave pet food and other sources of food and water outside (bird baths, squirrel feeders, bird seed, pet food bowls, and stored bags of pet food, etc.), installing movement lighting or sound machines to frighten raccoons away, setting up fencing to protect your gardens, and eliminating shelter alternatives including dirt piles, log piles, pet houses, and much more. You’ll also need to get in touch with a licensed raccoon removal and Pest Experts to inspect your premises and make sure there are no entrance points for raccoons to get inside your home.