Raccoons are a frequent sight in metropolitan areas. Properties which are located near water, woods, and are secluded, also commonly experience raccoon problems. Although raccoons are truly innocent and fascinating animals, they pose several dangers and needs to be controlled in a safe and humane way. If you still think raccoons are not a threat, continue reading to find out the top 3 biggest dangers raccoons present to society.
Significant risks posed with a wild raccoon living on your premises is the chances of harming people, especially kids. Although raccoons do not generally 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 believe is left behind, but in actuality, the mother raccoon is nearby and ready pounce if she believes her pup is in danger.
Pets are often victims of raccoon attacks because they accidentally provoke them simply by being curious and wanting a sniff. That is the reason pet vaccinations are so crucial for the protection of your cats and dogs. This includes vaccines for rabies, leptospirosis, distemper, lyme disease, and raccoon roundworm. It is also vital to provide your pet a flea, tick, and heartworm medication regularly.
Raccoons are very clever, they have excellent memories and problem solving skills. This is one reason why they’re common culprits of attic and crawl space invasions. They can utilize their paws to grasp, tear, and pry. They tear down loft insulation, chew up electrical wiring, soil floorboards and ceilings with their droppings, and more. But, even if raccoons cannot access the inner sections of a home or building, they can still bring about a load of structural damages to your property. They will tear up lawns looking for grubs, wipe gardens out, chew off siding, tear off roof shingles, rummage through garbage cans, steal bird seed/pet food, and so much more.
Dealing With a Raccoon Problem
If you have a raccoon problem, you’ll need to take control by removing Raccoon Poop or whatever it is that attracts them to your own property. For instance:
Only take the garbage cans outside to the driveway on the morning of trash pickup day, do not leave pet food and other sources of food and water out (bird baths, squirrel feeders, bird seed, pet food bowls, saved bags of pet food, etc.), installing motion lighting or sound machines to frighten raccoons away, setting up fencing to protect your gardens, and removing shelter options like dirt piles, log piles, pet homes, and much more. You will also need to contact a licensed raccoon removal and management company to inspect your property and ensure there are no entry points for raccoons to enter.