Do Raccoons Pose Any Type of Danger to People and Property?

Raccoons are considered to be one of the cutest of all wildlife. They are fluffy, naturally curious, and have those gorgeous eyes. Do not let them fool you, though. While they may look innocent and endearing, they have the potential to cause many problems – with both people and the properties that those people live on.

Yes, they can be trained to appear almost tame – like a domestic pet. Unfortunately, they get into their share of mischief and cause their share of problems. Continue reading to learn more about this seemingly innocent creature. 

How Are Raccoons Dangerous to People and Property?

First and foremost, a raccoon is a wild animal. Not only does it make it unpredictable, but it may attack if it encounters a situation where it feels threatened. These creatures have teeth and claws that are exceptionally sharp.

Additionally, they are stronger than they appear. Not only can they inflict serious wounds, but they have the capability of completely disfiguring other animals and people. These creatures have ticks, fleas, and other types of parasites.

Not only will they spread these onto your property, they can pass on the same sicknesses that those creatures carry. Additionally, they are the most common animal (apart from bats) that carry rabies. 

Raccoons are known to be attracted to pet food left outdoors. They will attempt to break into your trash cans. In doing so, they often knock them over and spread garbage throughout the property where the cans were located. As they make their way around your property, they are known to leave behind potentially infected feces and urine.

Additionally, they are known to damage buildings – such as sheds, barns, garages, and even homes. Because of the fact that they get into so much because of their natural curiosity and in their search for food, the fur on their body often includes harmful bacteria. This could result in illnesses in both people and other animals. 

How Do Raccoons Damage Homes?

Your home may be damaged in many ways if a raccoon finds its way inside. First, they can actually remove shingles and other parts of the home in order to enter into the home. They may destroy siding and insulation – especially when attempting to create nests.

They are known to nest in chimneys and block the structures, reducing their overall functionality. They are also known in destroying the ground surrounding your home in an effort to find food. 

How to Get Rid of Raccoons

You should never attempt to get rid of a raccoon on your own as this may prove to be exceptionally dangerous. If you need a raccoon removed, contact a professional.

We here at Palmetto Wildlife Extractors have the tools, resources, and skill to quickly and easily remove wildlife from your home and your property. In addition to this, we can aid in cleaning up the mess that the creature leaves behind and make recommendations on how to avoid those types of animals from re-infesting your property.

To learn more or to request raccoon removal, contact us today by calling: 855-465-1088

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