Learn The Facts You Need To Know!
This is a common question if you have a raccoon infestation around your home, or if you’ve noticed more than a few of these critters rooting around your garbage cans when it’s trash day.
Are raccoons dangerous? Should you be worried about the safety of your family? Get the answers that you need – and advice on how to stay safe around raccoons – below!
Raccoons Aren’t Really Dangerous – But The Diseases They Carry Can Be Deadly
The dictionary definition of “dangerous” is “able or likely to cause harm or injury”. In those terms, raccoons shouldn’t really be considered dangerous.
Sure, they might be able to bite or scratch you, your kid, or your pet dog or cat – but they aren’t naturally aggressive, and it would be nearly impossible for a raccoon to cause serious harm.
However, that doesn’t’ mean they’re harmless. Raccoons can be lethal – not because of their claws or teeth, but because of the diseases they carry.
As scavengers, raccoons can carry foodborne bacteria like E. coli and salmonella, as well as a number of parasites and bacteria that can cause severe infections and diseases in humans. They are also one of the most common rabies carriers – and rabies is almost always fatal without a preventative vaccine.
Stay Safe – Don’t Touch or Contact Raccoons!
So, how can you stay safe from the diseases that raccoons carry? First of all, don’t approach or antagonize raccoons. A scratch or a bite can easily transmit a disease like rabies, or other parasites.
Second, make sure that your pets stay away from raccoons. They could get scratched and infected without you realizing it – and the infection could spread in your home.
Third, make sure to look for tell-tale signs that raccoons are hanging around your home, such as droppings, scratching noises at night, or damage to your trash cans. If you have an infestation, you’ll need to get rid of them in order to keep your family safe.
How To Prevent Raccoons From Hanging Around Your Home
You should make sure to secure your trash cans, so that they can’t be knocked over or damaged. Raccoons in suburbs and cities primarily eat waste, so if a raccoon can’t’ get to your food scraps, they’ll likely move on.
You can also use raccoon repellent around your home. Raccoons are very sensitive to smells, and are likely to avoid your property if you spray it down with the right repellent product. Floodlights can also be helpful if they’re motion-sensitive. Raccoons are nocturnal, and prefer to avoid bright lights.
If you still have raccoons hanging around your home after you take these steps, don’t try to remove them yourself. You could be putting yourself at risk.
Leave Raccoon Removal To The Specialists
Pest control companies like Wildlife Troopers are specialists at raccoon removal. We know how to remove raccoons safely, and use advanced equipment to minimize our exposure to common diseases carried by raccoons.
So don’t try DIY raccoon removal. At Wildlife Troopers, we get the job done safely and quickly – and keep you and your property safe from raccoon infestations.
Got more questions, or need to schedule an appointment? Contact us online to learn more, and get started with our professional raccoon removal services.