Raccoons are a frequent presence in urbanized areas. Properties which can be found near bodies of water, woods, and forests, also commonly experience aggravating raccoon issues. Although raccoons are genuinely innocent and fascinating mammals, they pose a few dangers and should be controlled in a safe and humane manner. If you still believe raccoons are not a danger, continue reading to find out the top 3 largest dangers raccoons pose to society.
The first and most significant threat posed with a wild raccoon presence on your premises is the probability of harming individuals, especially children. Raccoons are known carriers of several viruses and infectious diseases, including serious ones such as Rabies, leptospirosis, Distemper, and raccoon roundworm, in addition to less serious ones, such as lice, fleas, ticks, and more. Although raccoons do not generally bite or attack, they will when they’re provoked. For instance, young children who may encounter a baby raccoon from the yard that they believe is abandoned, but actually, the mother raccoon is nearby and ready pounce if she believes her puppy is at risk.
Pets are often victims of raccoon attacks because they unintentionally provoke them by simply being curious and taking a sniff. That is why pet vaccinations are so vital for the protection of your dogs and cats. This includes vaccines for Rabies, leptospirosis, Distemper, Lyme disease, and raccoon roundworm.
Raccoons are extremely clever, and they have excellent memories and problem solving abilities. They can utilize their ancestral paws to grasp, rip, and pry. They split down attic insulation, chew up electrical wiring, dirty floorboards and ceilings using their droppings, and more. But, even if raccoons can’t access the interior sections of a home or building, they could still bring about a load of structural damages to a property. They’ll tear up lawns searching for grubs, wipe out gardens, rip off siding, rip off roof shingles, rummage through trash cans, steal bird seed and puppy food, and so much more.
Dealing With a Raccoon Problem
For those who have a raccoon problem, you will need to take control by removing whatever it is that attracts them to your own property. For example:
Only take the garbage cans out to the driveway on the morning of trash pickup day, do not leave pet food along with other sources of water and food outside (bird baths, squirrel feeders, bird seed, pet food bowls, and saved bags of pet food, etc.), installing motion lighting or sound machines to frighten raccoons away, putting up fencing to protect your gardens, and removing shelter options like dirt piles, log piles, pet homes, and much more. You will also have to contact a licensed raccoon removal and Pest Experts to inspect your premises and make sure there are no entrance points for raccoons to get in.