Are Raccoons Dangerous?
This article goes over the dangers of raccoons. We all know raccoons are wild animals; there are many dangers with raccoons as well as other concerns and issues with wildlife and animal control. In my opinion the biggest danger of most humans face when dealing with a raccoon infestation is not the actual threat of being attacked by a raccoon but rather the harmful bacteria and pathogens that are affiliated with raccoons that can be easily transferred/ingested by humans. You know where most of the bacteria actually is? Yup, is the Raccoon Poop and Feces and all the nasty mess they leave behind in the attic that just sits there and manifests until it makes its way into the duct work and slowly into your home where your family is breathing it every day not even realizing the harms that they they are being subjected to! You would think that raccoons are dangerous because they have rabies, can scratch you or viciously bite you, or that they are aggressive and territorial when having their babies, but in my opinion the first and most dangerous factor of raccoons in the attic is actually the raccoon poop. Honestly I have been doing this now for over 7 years and I have NEVER been bitten by a Raccoon, do you know why? Its because I'm not an idiot, you need to use common sense when dealing with wild animals! Yes Raccoons Can and Will Attack you if they feel threatened, that's just natural wildlife instinct. But you need to be smart and actually use some common sense, wear protective gear ie gloves, goggles, respirator etc. If you encounter a raccoon, honestly there are more afraid of you then you are of them, BUT, you need to just slowly back away and leave it alone! Lets not try to be Superman and end up being the idiot homeowner that falls through the ceiling and the raccoon lands on top of them and the raccoon will then bite you and run around your house. NO, lets just be smart and if you see the raccoon get away and just documents, yes I have a raccoon in my attic, then just set the traps and be patient. Just wait a day or two and catch it safely and humanely and trust me that will take a lot of the dangers out of Raccoon Removal!
I will talk about the other dangers of raccoons in just a little bit. First as you can only guess, raccoons have many different zoetic diseases these zoetic diseases can be transferred to humans. Raccoon poop can have leptospirosis, hantavirus, histoplasmosis, and raccoon roundworm. If you click on my raccoon poop page you can actually read about all of the different bacteria in great detail as well as how serious raccoon droppings and feces are considering the poop contains roundworm which can actually be to deadly to humans if ingested. And no, ingested does not only meaning eating it because I don't think anyone is really going to eat raccoon poop, but ingested means entering your body through your oral canals which can be done by breathing. The pathogens that are associated with raccoons can get airborne if tossed around in the attic when the animals are moving around. Once the pathogens are airborne they can then enter your air ducts through a hole that the raccoon may have created when running around in your attic. Once the airborne pathogen in in your air ducts, well guess what, it's now in your home and lets just say you are cooking dinner and the pathogen then makes in into that amazing omelette you are cooking for your wife, well, she is eating Omelette de’ Roundworm, and just ingested the deadly pathogen. If this then goes untreated, well, you can fill in the blank _______.
Raccoons can be extremely dangerous. If you think you're having an issue with raccoons in your attic you should contact a local professional raccoon removal company. Raccoons generally go into the attic to have their babies. If a mother raccoon feels that she is in danger or that the baby raccoons are in danger, the mother raccoon can attack humans. It is not a common occurrence but it can happen; a raccoon will bite you if the raccoon feels endangered, or the raccoon is cornered the raccoon will become very aggressive. The raccoon may try to scratch you, call at you and the raccoon can become dangerous. I advise my customers from staying away from raccoons if they are on your property or if the raccoon is in your attic. Please contact a local professional wildlife company like Centurian Wildlife Control. We are properly trained, licensed and insured with removing raccoons.
The next biggest question that people ask regarding the dangers of raccoons is do the raccoons come out in the day, and if a raccoon comes out in the day do raccoons have rabies? Raccoons are nocturnal, meaning that raccoons generally come out at night. There are times when a raccoon can come out during the day as well. Raccoons do and can carry the rabies disease but more commonly in the raccoon population, in an urban setting, is distemper. Distemper can make raccoons aggressive and rabies can cause raccoons to be dangerous. Distemper makes the raccoon look like it's crazy; raccoons can foam at the mouth. If a raccoon does bite you, you can be exposed to rabies and raccoon distemper. If you have been bitten by a raccoon you need to contact your local CDC office immediately they will need to get you tested for rabies and even administer the raccoon rabies shot. Rabies is a deadly disease that can take less than 3 weeks to kill you. Again, if you have been bitten by a raccoon and that raccoon has rabies and you do not get yourself tested immediately, the effects of rabies are in reversible and without treatment will lead to death.
If you think you are having an issue with raccoons in your and want to get an expert opinion on the sounds you are hearing, give me a call! We are always available to help identify the sounds you hear, and I would be happy to send one of our technicians out to assist you.