We have a lot of wildlife pests in our St. Louis service area, everything from fluffy, adorable chipmunks to not so adorable snakes. But, the cuteness of a wild animal is not necessarily an indication of how safe it is. Raccoons are a prime example. They're fluffy, they're curious, and they have a wide-eyed stare that may have you thinking that these animals are too innocent to ever do anything wrong. But they do lots of wrong things when they come into your yard. They tip over your trash and spread it across your yard. They damage your home. They bring fleas, ticks, and other parasites into your yard. They leave feces and urine as they explore. And, under the right circumstances, they can attack.
The cuteness of raccoons is often the catalyst for an attack. They look like an exotic pet. They can even behave like a pet. If you feed them, they may come near and take food right from your fingertips, without harming you at all. But, it is not wise to ever feed raccoons.
5 Reasons To Steer Clear Of Raccoons
Wild animals are unpredictable. If an animal feels threatened, it will attack.
Raccoons are formidable creatures. They have sharp teeth and claws, and the strength to inflict significant harm. There are many accounts of children, and adults, being disfigured by raccoon attacks. They are also known to inflict wounds on dogs and cats, especially at night.
Raccoons get into the trash. This can cause them to have harmful bacteria on their fur. It is not a good idea to touch a raccoon, even if it is harmless.
Next to bats, raccoons are most frequently linked to reported rabies cases in the United States. All it takes is a single bite. And bites are much more likely if a raccoon has rabies because this disease causes raccoons to come up close to humans, rather than keeping a safe distance.
You should never make raccoons feel welcome in your yard. They bring too many problems with them.
When raccoons appear in your yard, it can be exciting. We get it. They're fun to watch, and they seem harmless. But, they are anything but harmless. Let the wildlife control specialists here at Rottler reduce the threat of accidental conflict with raccoons and other wildlife pests. It's all fun and games until something bad happens, unexpectedly.
For industry-leading wildlife control and removal, reach out to Rottler Pest & Lawn Solutions for immediate assistance.