Raccoons are a frequent presence in urbanized areas. Properties that can be found near bodies of water, woods, and forests commonly experience the aggravation of raccoon problems. Although raccoons are genuinely innocent they pose several dangers and should be controlled in a safe and humane way. If you still think raccoons aren’t a danger, continue reading to find out the top 3 largest dangers raccoons pose to society.
A significant risk posed with a wild raccoon existence on your property is the risk of harming people, especially kids. 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, and more. Although raccoons do not generally bite or attack, they will if they are provoked. For instance, young children who may encounter a baby raccoon from the yard that they believe is alone, but in actuality, the mother raccoon is nearby and willing pounce if she feels her pup is in danger.
Pets tend to be victims of raccoon attacks because they unwittingly provoke them simply by being curious. This is the reason pet vaccinations are so crucial for the protection of your cats and dogs. It is also vital to provide your pet a flea, tick, and heartworm medication regularly.
Raccoons are very resourceful this 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 up insulation, chew electrical wiring, dirty up floorboards and ceilings using their droppings, and much more. Even though raccoons can’t access the inner sections of a home or building, they can still bring about a load of structural damages to your house. They will tear up lawns looking for grubs, wipe out gardens, pry off siding, rip off roof shingles, rummage through garbage cans, steal bird seed and pet food, and so much more.
If you have a raccoon problem, you will have to take control by eliminating whatever it’s that attracts them to your own property. For instance:
Only take the trash cans out to the driveway on the dawn of trash pickup day, do not leave pet food as well as other sources of food and water outside (bird baths, squirrel feeders, bird seed, pet food bowls, stored bags of pet food, etc.), installing motion lighting or sound machines to scare 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 contact Pest Control Palm Bay to inspect your premises and ensure there are no entry points for raccoons to get in your home.