Raccoons are a common existence in metropolitan areas. Properties that are located close to bodies of water, woods, and forests, also commonly experience aggravation raccoon problems. Although raccoons are truly innocent and intriguing mammals, they pose a few risks and needs to be controlled in a secure and humane way. If you still think raccoons are not a danger, continue reading to find out the top 3 largest dangers raccoons present to society. It can often be difficult to tell if you are experiencing raccoon problems, however, one way is to identify any feces that you are able to find. Sometimes though, raccoon poop and Opossum Poop can look very similar.
The first and most critical threat posed by a wild raccoon presence on your premises is the probability of harming people, especially children. Raccoons are known carriers of many 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 much more. Although raccoons do not normally bite or attack, they will when they’re provoked. As an example, young children who might stumble upon a baby raccoon in the yard that they think is left handed, but in actuality, the mother raccoon is nearby and ready pounce if she believes her puppy is at risk.
Pets tend to be victims of raccoon attacks since they unintentionally provoke them simply by being curious and carrying a sniff. This is the reason pet vaccinations are so vital for the protection of your cats and dogs.
Raccoons are very clever, and they have excellent memories and problem solving skills. This is one reason why they’re common offenders of attic and crawl space invasions. They could utilize their ancestral paws to grasp, rip, and pry. They split down loft insulation, chew up electrical wiring, dirt floorboards and ceilings with their droppings, and much more. But, even though raccoons cannot access the inner sections of a house or building, they can still bring about a load of structural damages to a property. They’ll tear up lawns searching for grubs, wipe out gardens, pry off siding, rip off roof shingles, rummage through trash cans, steal bird seed and pet food, and so much more.
For those who have a raccoon problem, you will need to take control by removing whatever it’s that brings them to your own property. For instance:
Only spend the garbage cans outside to the driveway at the afternoon of garbage pickup day, do not leave pet food along with other resources of water and food out (bird baths, squirrel feeders, bird seed, pet food bowls, stored bags of pet food, etc.), installing motion lighting or sound machines to scare raccoons away, setting up fencing to protect your gardens, and eliminating shelter alternatives including compost piles, log piles, pet homes, and much more. You will also need to get in touch with a licensed raccoon removal and control business to inspect your property and ensure there are no entrance points for raccoons to get into.