Nocturnal in nature, raccoons are notorious for their habit of overturning garbage cans in search of food, but many people don’t realize that these curious critters are just as often found inside of homes or businesses, creating a refuge within garages, basements, and attics – providing perfect shelter and an easy source of food and water. Their heightened senses and incredible dexterity allows them to easily break in where they often wreak havoc due to their larger size.
Unfortunately, raccoons can become very aggressive, they can also carry diseases and parasites, and often cause significant damage to your property. Commonly associated with rabies, a raccoon’s droppings are actually a more realistic threat to humans, particularly to children. Raccoon droppings can contain raccoon roundworm, or Baylisascaris Procyonis and Baylisascaris Columnaris, parasitic worms that are extremely dangerous when inhaled. The roundworm egg spores can live for years as dry pods within raccoon feces which can be inhaled at any time by humans and can impact the central nervous system. They can also carry giardia lamblia, Rickettsia rickettsii, Trypanosoma cruzi, salmonellosis, leptospirosis, and canine distemper, an often fatal disease for dogs.
You can also discourage raccoon activity further by keeping trash cans locked or inside your garage, make sure pet bowls are brought indoors, and be sure to keep branches trimmed away from the side of your home to prevent easy entry.
Common raccoon issues facing Florida homeowners & business owners:
- They have razor sharp teeth and claws
- They can potentially carry rabies
- Host to mites, lice, ticks, fleas, and other dangerous parasites
- They tear and claw at any obstacle in their way in order to create a nest
- Raccoons leave feces and body oil that leaves a terribly pungent odor, attracting other raccoons
- Damage to attic access points like roof soffits, vents, or dormers
- Foul odors coming from your attic
- Stains on your walls or ceiling from raccoon feces/droppings
- Thumping, scratching, or purring noises coming from your attic – especially during nighttime hours
- Upset family pets or alert behavior (pest can often detect the presence of other animals well before humans can)
The key to preventing damage to your home or business is to get the raccoons out quickly and safely – if you see a raccoon on your property, you should act quickly as they often scout out an area before they try to enter.
We always advise calling a professional animal removal service to trap and remove raccoons from your property rather than attempting to do it yourself. At ASAP Wildlife Removal, we have the experience and equipment to safely and effectively remove raccoons from your property, repair any damage they’ve caused, and prevent future raccoon problems through exclusions, all while keeping you, your family, and customers out of harm’s way.
With over 20 years of experience, ASAP Wildlife Removal is your best choice for raccoon removal near you. We’ll get the job done right the first time.
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If you have a raccoon problem in your home or business, there’s no time to wait. Give the trained professionals at ASAP Wildlife Removal a call.