Are Raccoons Dangerous to Humans, Pets
While typically shy of humans, raccoons can be dangerous in certain situations. While they may look cute and cuddly, these clever omnivores become aggressive if provoked or threatened. Occasionally, raccoons may attack people, pets, or livestock to defend themselves or their young. Raccoons are known carriers of diseases such as rabies, distemper, and leptospirosis that can be transmitted to humans and other animals through physical contact or ingestion of contaminated food and water.
Raccoons are also known to be mischievous animals that can cause damage to property by raiding garbage cans, gardens, and yards. They will use their long-fingered paws to open doors and container lids in search of food. If disturbed or confronted, raccoons may bite or scratch the person or animal who approached them. Their sharp claws are powerful enough to puncture human skin, leaving deep lacerations that require medical attention.
Signs You Have a Raccoon in Your Home
Unusual noises coming from the walls or attic: Raccoons are nocturnal animals and can be quite noisy, making loud coos and purrs that can echo throughout the home. You may also hear scratching or thumping noises in the walls or the attic.
Unexplained destruction of property: Raccoons like to explore and may cause damage to a house in their search for food, toys, and other items. They may rip through insulation, bend down metal vents, and tear apart wooden structures.
Strange smells emanating from certain areas: Raccoon urine has an ammonia-like smell that is especially strong when they nest indoors. The scent of feces will also be noticeable if they frequent one area of your home.
Evidence of food scavenging around the home: Food may disappear from bird feeders, pet dishes, and garbage cans.
They’re cute and furry, but they are also a nuisance. If raccoons have invaded your property, take action. Depend on Green-Tech Termite and Pest Control for humane and effective raccoon control in Tampa Bay, FL. For more than 20 years, our team has safely trapped raccoons and removed them for our customers. Before the problem worsens, contact us for prompt raccoon removal.
Thorough Raccoon Trapping
It’s essential to be thorough when performing raccoon trapping. Inexperienced trappers may trap the adult raccoon but unknowingly leave the babies behind. This method leaves the raccoon’s offspring to die and creates another problem—odor and disease.
Proper Assessment of a Raccoon Problem
Allow us to assess the situation if there are raccoons on the property. We’ll inspect the attic, crawlspace, and other hard-to-reach areas to determine the extent of the problem. We provide effective raccoon trapping, ensuring we capture all animals—adults and babies—before sealing any entry points.
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