Raccoons are a frequent existence in metropolitan areas. Properties which can be found close to bodies of water and forests, also commonly experience nuisance raccoon issues. Although raccoons are truly innocent and fascinating mammals, they pose several dangers and should be controlled in a secure and humane way. If you still believe raccoons are not a threat, continue reading to learn the top 3 largest risks raccoons pose to society.
A significant risk posed with a wild raccoon presence on your property is the probability of harming individuals, especially children. Raccoons are known carriers of several viruses and infectious diseases, including serious ones like Rabies, leptospirosis, Distemper, and raccoon roundworm. As well as less serious ones, such as lice, fleas, ticks, and more. Although raccoons do not generally bite or attack, they will if they are provoked. For instance, young children who may stumble upon a baby raccoon in the lawn that they believe is left alone, but actually, the mother raccoon is nearby and ready pounce if she believes her puppy is in danger.
Pets are often victims of raccoon attacks since they unintentionally provoke them simply by being curious and taking a sniff. This is why pet vaccinations are so vital for the protection of your dogs and cats.
Raccoons are common offenders of attic and crawl space invasions. They could use their human-like paws to grasp, rip, and pry. They tear down attic insulation, chew up electric wiring, dirt floorboards and ceilings with their droppings, and much more. However, even if raccoons cannot access the inner parts of a home or building, they could still bring about a load of structural damages to a property. They will tear up lawns searching for grubs, wipe out blossoms, pry off siding, tear off roof shingles, rummage through trash cans, steal bird seed and puppy food, and so much more.
If you have a raccoon problem, you’ll have to take control by removing whatever it’s that attracts them to your property. For instance:
Only take the trash cans out to the driveway on the morning of garbage pickup day, don’t leave pet food and other resources of water and food out (bird baths, squirrel feeders, bird seed, pet food bowls, stored bags of pet food, etc.), installing movement lighting or sound machines to frighten raccoons away, setting up fencing to protect your gardens, and removing shelter alternatives like compost piles, log piles, pet homes, and much more. You will also have to contact Local Exterminators a licensed raccoon removal and management business to inspect your property and guarantee there are no entry points for raccoons to get in.