Raccoons Can Transmit Diseases

Many people think raccoons are kind of cute, but raccoons can transmit diseases to humans. Though they look like little bandits and it can be fun to watch them handle food with their paws that truly act like hands, they are still wild animals and should be treated as such. Most importantly, you should make children aware that they should not approach raccoons, no matter how docile they may appear.

One thing many people may not realize is that you do not have to have direct contact with a raccoon to be infected by the diseases they transmit. You can be exposed and infected by being scratched or bitten, but also by contact with raccoon feces, urine, or surfaces they have touched. If you are having trouble with raccoons, Priority Pest Services can help. Give us a call at (757) 204-4523 to schedule a free home inspection!

If Raccoons Can Transmit Diseases, Which Do You Need to Worry About?

Raccoons can transmit diseases such as rabies, raccoon roundworm, leptospirosis, giardiasis, and salmonellosis. Rabies is the most dangerous, but you have to be scratched or bitten to get this disease. Be aware that you should be very careful around raccoons that walk or act strangely, or foam at the mouth, because they could be rabid.

Cleaning up raccoon feces can put you at risk for the parasites such as roundworm. You should also be sure that you thoroughly wash your picked garden vegetables if you live where raccoons are prevalent.

What If A Raccoon Gets Into My House?

If you encounter a raccoon in your house, you should not touch it. You should call the pest control specialists at Priority Pest Services immediately at (757) 204-4523 to schedule a free home inspection. We know how to get rid of the raccoon, repair and clean up the mess it made, and secure your home to help prevent future intrusion.

Since raccoons can transmit diseases, it is highly advised to seek the help of the pest control specialists at Priority Pest Services when dealing with an encroaching raccoon. As both a pest control specialist and a licensed home contractor, we have the proper tools, skill sets and credentials to properly clean and repair the damage. Give us a call at (757) 204-4523 to schedule a free home inspection!