Health Concerns and Why You Should Consider Raccoon Removal

Raccoon transmitting health issues and requiring raccoon removal

Raccoons are on the larger end of the rodent spectrum. The furry foragers find their way into your property and sniff out food, tearing through your garbage and leaving a huge mess in their wake. If not tearing up your yard for food, they can sometimes be found burrowing away in your attic, garage or shed. Their strong hands and rodent-street smarts can make them a problem that is hard to get rid of. Many are tempted to try and do raccoon removal themselves, but raccoons can be quite scrappy; in addition, they have quite a few health hazards that pose a risk to humans. Raccoon removal should be handled by professionals to reduce the risk of injury and disease.

Raccoon Rabies

Rabies has become the most well known of diseases that people can catch from animals, and rightfully so, as it’s a fatal disease if not caught early. Raccoons can carry the disease and, if bitten, you are at risk. If bitten, seek medical treatment immediately. Rabies has an incubation period of 2-4 weeks before symptoms set in, but once they do, not much can be done and the disease takes over quickly. Attempting raccoon removal on your own greatly increases your chance of potentially contracting rabies.

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This is a bacterial infection spread mostly through urine and droppings. Symptoms may include nausea, vomiting and diarrhea, fever, head and muscle aches, meningitis and kidney and liver failure. Unlike rabies, Leptospirosis can be transmitted without any direct contact with the raccoon.

Raccoon Roundworm

Like Leptospirosis, Raccoon Roundworm can be spread without contact with the raccoon. The roundworm eggs are excreted through the raccoons’ droppings; they are very light and can even become airborne. When a human inhales these eggs, they are infected with the potentially fatal disease. They can affect the central nervous system and eventually impair important organs, including the brain, leading to blindness, a coma or even death.

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Among these common diseases, it is actually the minority of diseases that require contact with the raccoon to transmit. The mere presence of raccoons on your property can present an imminent risk. If raccoons are coming onto your property, you are at risk of contact with deadly diseases. They could be infecting the yard that your children play in or even releasing airborne parasites. Raccoon removal specialists can handle everything. Call Animal Remover to come and take care of the problem; our trained wildlife control professionals will handle your raccoon removal in an efficient and humane manner, so you can have peace of mind when your children play in the yard.

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