The population of raccoons has seen an exponential growth during the last few decades. They have easily adapted to the metropolitan landscape with time and thus are shifting in large numbers from rural settings to urban households.
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Damage Caused by Raccoons
Once inside the house, raccoons can:
- Make holes in walls and ceilings
- Rip-up air ducts present in the attic
- Damage and shred pipes of the house
- Leave poop everywhere they go
WHY RACCOONS ARE A CONCERN?
Raccoons are the biggest mammals found in the household attics. Apart from being challenging and aggressive, they are also highly determined and strong. Female raccoons who are expecting to become a mother are always searching for a safe and warm place to nurture their young. Such a raccoon will do everything in her power to infiltrate your attic and live there.
Rarely do people know, but raccoons dwell on trees as well. However, with the expansion of cities and increasing amount of construction, these raccoons are forced to take shelter and give birth in houses and buildings. In fact a large number of raccoons take birth and live a considerable part of their life in houses due to which they experience behavioral changes and they start thinking that they belong to a building or a house which is also the reason of increasing occurrences of their break-ins.
HEALTH ALARMS FROM RACCOONS
- Raccoons are at the highest risk of carrying rabies. Rabied raccoons can be extremely difficult to deal. They also pose a high threat to the occupants of the house/building.
- Raccoons are one of the best hosts to fleas, mites and ticks. With the infestation of a raccoon in the house or a building, chances of finding these minute pests quadruple.
- Various raccoons are also known to host the famous ‘raccoon roundworm’ which are microscopic in nature and can be transmitted to humans through bites or scratches.
- Distemper can be commonly found in raccoon poops which are definitely a sign of worry for your pets. They can be transmitted to your pet if they both get in a tussle.