Nocturnal in nature, raccoons are curious culprits who have a habit of getting themselves trapped or building a home in garages, basements and attics. Unfortunately, they can be aggressive, carry disease and mites, and can cause significant damage to your property. We always advise calling Animal Wildlife Trappers to trap and remove raccoons from your property rather than attempting to do it yourself. Importantly, we can seal off exposed areas and cleanup the mess they leave behind.
While raccoons are commonly associated with rabies, their droppings are actually a more realistic threat to humans, particularly children. Raccoon droppings can contain raccoon roundworm, or Baylisascaris procyonis & B. columnaris, a parasitic worm that is extremely dangerous when inhaled. The roundworm egg spores can live for years as dry pods, which can be breathed in at any time by humans. Once inhaled, larval parasite migration can occur, which impacts the central nervous system.
Other ways in which raccoons can pose a threat:
- They have very sharp teeth and claws
- They can carry rabies, mites, ticks, fleas, and a number of other dangerous parasites
- They tear and claw at anything in their way in order to create a nesting spot
- Raccoons leave feces and body oil that leaves a terribly, pungent odor which can attract other raccoons