Raccoons can be identified by their black mask of fur and grey bodies. They have a reputation of rummaging through trash cans and roaming around in the middle of the night. However, raccoons aren’t just a sneaky nuisance. They can be dangerous to you, your pets, and your property.
Are raccoons dangerous?
Mostly, raccoons just make a mess while they search your trash for food. However, even if a raccoon seems harmless, it’s best not to approach the animal. Raccoons can be unpredictable, especially if they’re ill or protecting their young. Raccoons can be dangerous to have around your yard and home, and here’s why:
They cause damage
If raccoons get inside your property they can damage the structure of your home. They can also cause damage to your lawn as they dig for earthworms and grubs.
They are unpredictable
If a raccoon feels threatened, it will attack. They have sharp teeth and claws that can cause significant harm. It is more common for raccoons to get aggressive with pets than humans.
They can carry disease
Raccoons can be dangerous to have on your property or in your home; raccoons are common carriers of rabies and other serious diseases that can be passed onto you and your pets. If you or a pet come into contact with a raccoon and are bitten or scratched you should seek immediate medical attention.
How can I tell if a raccoon is rabid?
Do you have a raccoon in your yard? Do you think it’s rabid? If you see any of the following signs, get in touch with wildlife control right away:
- The raccoon has difficulty walking
- It’s confused or disoriented
- The raccoon is whimpering or making other strange noises
- Its mouth is foaming
- The raccoon looks sick or lethargic
How do I keep raccoons away from my house?
Because raccoons can be dangerous to both you and your pets, it’s important to keep them away from your property. You can do this by:
● Securing your trash can
● Keeping pet food inside
● Picking up fallen fruit
● Keep a fence around your garden and compost
Most importantly, it’s important not to feed raccoons. This will only encourage them to come back regularly, in bigger groups.
If you’re experiencing a raccoon problem near your home or yard, get in touch with Varment Guard right away. Ridding your space of raccoons is crucial in keeping you, your family, and your pets safe. Contact us today!