Raccoons are a common existence in metropolitan areas. Properties which are located close to bodies of water, forests, and woods, also commonly experience nuisance 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 believe raccoons aren’t a danger, continue reading to find out the top 3 largest dangers raccoons present to society.
The first and most significant risk posed with a wild raccoon existence on your property is the probability of harming people, especially children. Raccoons are known carriers of several viruses and infectious diseases, such as serious ones like Rabies, Leptospirosis, Distemper, and Raccoon Roundworm, as well as less serious ones, like lice, fleas, ticks, Pest Experts, and more. Although raccoons don’t generally bite or attack, they will if they are provoked. For instance, young children who may stumble upon a baby raccoon from the yard that they believe is abandoned, but actually, the mother raccoon is nearby and ready pounce when she believes her pup is at risk.
Pets tend to be victims of raccoon attacks because they unintentionally provoke them simply by being curious. This is the reason pet vaccinations are so crucial for the safety of your dogs and cats.
Raccoons are extremely smart, and they have excellent memories and problem solving skills. This is the number one reason why they are common offenders of attic and crawl space invasions. They could use their human-like paws to grasp, rip, and pry. They tear down loft insulation, chew up electrical wiring, dirt floorboards and ceilings using their droppings, and much more. But, even though raccoons can’t access the inner sections of a home or building, they can still cause a load of structural damages to a 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 need to take control by eliminating 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, don’t leave pet food along with other sources of water and food out (bird baths, squirrel feeders, bird seed, pet food bowls, and saved bags of pet food, etc.), installing motion lighting or audio machines to frighten raccoons away, putting up fencing to protect your gardens, and eliminating shelter alternatives like compost piles, log piles, pet houses, and more. You will also need to get in touch with a licensed raccoon removal and management company to inspect your premises and ensure there are no entrance points for raccoons to get into.