Although raccoons are fascinating creatures and fun to watch in the wild, they can be dangerous, if conditions are right. Let's take a look at some of the dangers raccoons could present when they come into your yard and why it is never a good idea to take matters into your own hands.
Problems Associated With Raccoons
Raccoons are scavengers. They are drawn to trash cans, dumpsters and any other place where things are rotting, which means they may be carrying harmful bacteria on their fur and in their bellies.
Raccoons have been known to attack, especially if they are infected with the rabies virus. The rabies virus can cause animals to act erratically. Never approach a wild animal that is acting strangely or one that seems domesticated. Raccoons are capable of inflicting serious damage to humans and even killing pets.
Raccoons will protect their young. If a raccoon has set up housekeeping in your attic or elsewhere in or around your home, and she has young ones, it is very unwise to approach her. A raccoon that is cornered or protecting young may attack defensively.
If a raccoon is trapped inside a home accidentally, it can do serious damage as it attempts to get out.
Raccoons carry parasites such as lice, mites, fleas, and ticks, which they can bring into your home or leave in your yard. When these secondary pests are left in the yard, they can be picked up by pets and brought inside.
What Is Attracting Raccoons To Your Property?
Unsecured trash cans: As mentioned, raccoons are drawn to trash. If you have cans or a dumpster that you cannot close securely, raccoons will be lured in.
Pet food: If you leave dog or cat food outside for your pets, raccoons will love you for it. This is also an attractant for many other animals and insect pests.
Gardens, fruit trees, and berry bushes: These are a source of food for raccoons and other pests.
Places to hide: Raccoons like to hide in outbuildings and sheds or underneath porches and decks. And if there is access through a hole big enough, they will find their way into attic spaces.
Why Call Rottler For Help
If you are dealing with one or more raccoons on your property or in your home, reach out to Rottler Pest & Lawn Solutions for help. It is dangerous to try to remove a wild animal on your own. The wildlife control technicians here at Rottler are specially trained and have the proper equipment and knowledge to safely and humanely remove raccoons from your property. Give us a call today with questions or to set up service.