Raccoon – Cute, But Potentially Dangerous!

We all love to see wildlife up close, but some animals shouldn't touch a ten-foot pillar. Take a raccoon, for example. This is a state animal in Tennessee, looks cute and fluffy, but a raccoon can be a lot of trouble for home and business owners. You can now easily look for Californias top raccoon removal & trapping services company online.

Are Raccoons Dangerous? What Attracts Raccoons?

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Apart from the fact that raccoons are a type of rabies vector, raccoons can also carry distemper. Both the plague and rabies have similar symptoms, including gait when walking, crusting of the skin around the eyes, disorientation, and a lack of fear of people. 

Any mammal, be it raccoon, opossum, fox, etc., that exhibits these traits should be avoided and a wildlife specialist should be contacted to move the animal safely. One of the lesser-known dangers of close contact with a raccoon is the possibility of being exposed to a raccoon.

Raccoon worms are parasites that live on raccoons, but rarely attack host raccoons. The main concern is the roundworm eggs or larvae that settle in the raccoon droppings. People or pets can be exposed to the larvae if they accidentally come into contact with the raccoon droppings.

Young children, who tend to put a foreign object in their mouth and are more prone to ingesting larvae, are especially at risk. Larvae can survive in feces for years, so stools that appear dry should be handled with extreme care. 

Boiling water is often used to clean contaminated wood or concrete surfaces such as decks and terraces. Contaminated sand in the litter box should be removed and replaced with care. 

Areas in the yard with raccoon droppings can be burned with a torch to remove any eggs that may have been lying on the ground. Raccoons are increasingly found on the outskirts of cities and industrial areas.