Wildlife Control: Animals That Carry Rabies

Wildlife control for skunk with rabies

Rabies is a highly serious viral disease which travels into the central nervous system and causes swelling in the brain. Following exposure to the virus, those infected may not see symptoms develop until up to three months following contact. At this point, the results are deadly, and it is too late to treat the virus.

Here at Animal Remover, we value the safety of our clients above all else. To help you protect yourself and loved ones from the risks associated with rabies, we have compiled a list of animals that carry this disease. If you have animal control issues with any of the following creatures, please call us. Do not attempt animal removal on your own.

Raccoons Pose a Wildlife Control Risk

Raccoons are sneaky, especially when they are hungry. Worst of all, they are cute. Raccoons are one of the most commonly seen pests across North America. Unfortunately, they are also major carriers for the rabies virus. Mice, rats, and other small rodents tend to perish when coming into contact with larger rabid animals. In contrast, the raccoon can hold its own, so it becomes a carrier of the virus.

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While these creatures are quite curious and resemble something you might want to keep as a pet, they can be dangerous. Never approach or feed a raccoon. Instead, call Animal Remover to help with wildlife control and retrieve the furry pests as safely and humanely as possible.

Skunks Do More than Stink Up the Joint

Skunks are a bit less adorable than raccoons, especially because of the negative connotations associated with their smell. But some people will still offer them food or try to approach the creatures without help. Skunks are also major carriers of the rabies virus, and they should be approached with caution.

In 2014, the CDC reported more than 1,500 rabies cases associated with skunks; 26.3% of reported cases. At a little more than a fourth of the country’s reported rabies instigators, it is extremely important to leave skunk handling to wildlife control.

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Foxes Add to the Problem

Majestic and sleek, foxes are magnificent to watch, but they are also nuisances across the country. These furry beasts are common carriers for rabies in the United States. The number of cases reported by the CDC is far less than that of raccoons and skunks, but the figures are still high enough to cause concern within the wildlife control industry.

If any animal bites you, seek medical attention immediately. If you see foxes, skunks, or raccoons around your property, report the sightings to Animal Remover. Our team of professionals has been trained to deal with animals of this kind. They will use the proper safety equipment for wildlife control to avoid the risk of rabies. Never try to capture a wild pest yourself, as it could lead to an injury or illness. If you are a bit nervous about animals on your property having rabies, let us help you with wildlife control. Contact Animal Remover for assistance.

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