The tiny human-like hands, bushy tail, and masked eyes of the raccoon are irresistible, no doubt. Commonly known as “Masked Bandits,” the raccoon is as cute as it possibly can be. They are intelligent, and they can manipulate almost any door latch with their hands. If raccoons are so cute and smart, you may be asking why raccoons are considered pests.
Tearing apart trashcans is not the only problem a homeowner can face when raccoons move into the area. There are critical reasons raccoons are considered pests you should be aware of.
Raccoons make disasters of yards and gardens, carry disease, and create significant damage to your home. Here is how…
The raccoon bandits can break into almost any door or gate. When they are looking for food, they will do anything to retrieve the prize meal they are seeking. Raccoons are omnivorous and will eat whatever they can get their hands on. These are just a few of the reasons raccoons are considered pests.
Earthworms and grubs are delightful snacks for raccoons. The raccoons know freshly laid or over watered sod is filled with the insects, just under the surface. The raccoons will dig up the soil and damage your yard to get at the juicy bugs in a hurry.
Your backyard garden also makes a perfect buffet for raccoons as well as other pests. Once the raccoon discovers your garden, it is challenging to get it to abandon the rows of goodness.
Finally, the raccoon’s nest hidden in your backyard will undoubtedly be a stinky mess. Besides carrying disease, the area they eliminate waste will be a mess and smell awful. If raccoons use your freshly cut woodpile or your stack of pavers as their toilet, it renders the wood useless.
Now, we should note, raccoons usually do not show aggression toward people. Like any animal, a mother raccoon will protect her nest if need be, but that is rare. Raccoons are nocturnal, scavenging for food at night. That is precisely why they are hard to catch when building nests and going through your trash.
Raccoons, however, can carry rabies. The bite of an animal with rabies attacks the central nervous system, and as of today, there is no known cure.
Raccoons also carry roundworm, which affects both humans and other animals. Found in the droppings of the raccoons, removal of the infested matter is crucial.
A bacterial disease called Leptospirosis can be found in the urine of a raccoon. When the soil and water around the raccoon’s nest become contaminated, the condition can transfer to other pets and humans.
If a raccoon moves into your garage, attic, basement, under your deck, or in your chimney, many issues can arise. They will use these areas for both their bathroom and their home, creating respiratory danger.
Raccoons will pick away at roof shingles, tear up the insulation on your attic, and chew electrical wiring and plumbing. These are costly repairs and can cause recurring problems for the home.
If you own a farm, you have an additional set of concerns. Raccoons will damage crops, especially corn. If you have chicken coops, the raccoons will try to get at them and the eggs for a meal.
The best option if you see the evidence of raccoon activity, is to call a wildlife removal company. They will humanely remove the raccoons and clean up any mess they leave behind. They are trained to handle the cleanup safely and disinfect the area.
Here are a few tips for home owners:
Keep in mind, raccoons are wild animals. If you suspect raccoons or have seen them foraging around your home or business, please call a wildlife removal company.
When you call World Class Wildlife Removal to remove the raccoons, we will trap and remove the animals immediately, ensuring your family’s safety.
Contact World Class Wildlife Removal to schedule an appointment.