Raccoons often damage your home initially by creating a point of entry to the attic, crawlspace, or wall void. This entry point may allow other wildlife to enter your home as well. Animals such as bats, snakes, rats, squirrels, opossums, and insects often use these entries. Entry points could also cause water damage, compromising the integrity or structure of your home. Once inside raccoons destroy insulation, duct work, stored family heirlooms, or electrical wiring. Raccoons often contaminate insulation by defecating or urinating on the insulation. Soiled and contaminated insulation needs to be removed by a professional immediately. Call Xceptional Wildlife Removal today to have your home inspected by a licensed professional.
There are many dangers when raccoons are in close proximity to humans. Raccoons are one of the main vectors of disease transmission for the rabies virus. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), Wild animals account for 92% of reported cases of rabies, with raccoons being the most frequently reported rabid wildlife species. Raccoons represent 36.5% of all animal cases involving rabies.
Raccoons carry a roundworm, Baylisascaris, commonly found in its fecal matter. This roundworm can infect humans and pets and is extremely serious if it infects the eye, brain, or internal organs.
Another danger of raccoons is a bacteria Leptospirosis, which is spread by raccoons, commonly found in raccoon urine or body fluid. Leptospirosis can lead to kidney damage, meningitis, liver failure, respiratory distress and even death.
Rabies, roundworm, and Leptospirosis are only a few on the many dangers associated with raccoons. It is imperative that you have raccoons removed immediately by a licensed professional and that your attic is inspected for possible contamination or damage.
Why you shouldn't try to handle your raccoon problem yourself?
Raccoons are extremely dangerous and should only be handled by educated and trained professionals. Raccoons can weigh up to 20 pounds and are extremely intelligent and may become aggressive. Often times, female raccoons will utilize attics as a place of safe harbor to produce a litter. When offspring are involved, mother raccoons will exhibit extremely aggressive behavior to protect their young. Raccoon litters left unattended can wander, damaging your home in search of food. Raccoons can be extremely difficult to trap or exclude from your home, therefore this process needs to be handled by a licensed professional.
Biology of the Common Raccoon?(Procyon lotor)
Raccoons are nocturnal and are rarely seen in the daytime. They have an omnivorous diet which includes fruits, insects, snails, snakes, mice, rats, frogs, carrion, pet food, bird seed, and are willing to eat items people throw away. Females can have up to five young and are extremely protective of their young. Much of their interaction with humans is caused by their search for food or shelter. It?s not uncommon for a homeowner to find out they unknowingly have a problem with rodents or snakes after they discover a raccoon problem. They may invade your home in search of food or shelter to care for young.
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