The Dangers and Signs of Raccoons in Your Home

Raccoons may be cute, furry animals, but if they get into your home, these cuddly creatures can become physically and financially burdensome. Many homeowners do not even realize raccoons are in their attic, basement, or other area of their home until a great deal of damage is done.

In addition, some homeowners don’t realize how dangerous these animals can be. This guide and your pest control team will help you understand the dangers and signs of raccoons in the home.

Raccoon Dangers
Raccoons can damage your home in a few different ways. If they enter your home, these nocturnal animals may create nests where it is dark and warm, such as your crawlspace, attic, or ceiling void. Raccoons may shred insulation, furniture, and even parts of your drywall to create these nests. Repairing this damage to your home can be costly.

In addition, raccoons can chew on electrical wiring and HVAC ductwork. If left undetected, this damaged wiring may cause a house fire, and the damaged ductwork decreases the efficiency of your HVAC system.

Raccoons can also affect you and your family’s health. If you have pets, raccoons pose a health risk to them, as well. Fortunately, most raccoons will hide because they fear humans. However, if a raccoon feels threatened or in danger, they may act out aggressively. Raccoons can carry many different diseases, so an attack or quick bite can be dangerous.

If you, a family member, or your pet was bitten by a raccoon that possibly has rabies, seek out medical attention immediately. A bite can be dangerous even if the raccoon is not infected with rabies. For example, if you don’t clean and care for the wound properly, it may become infected.

You may be surprised to learn that contact with urine or feces left behind by raccoons can also be hazardous to your health. If you touch urine left behind by raccoons, you may be exposed to the bacteria Leptospirosis, which can make you ill.

Also, roundworm has been known to be in raccoon feces. If you come in contact with any fecal matter, seek out professional help for cleanup and removal.

Raccoon Signs
Now that you know the dangers raccoons pose, learn about the signs you have these pests in your home so you can prevent problems.

Physical damage to your home is one sign to watch for. Inspect your attics, crawlspaces, and basements periodically. Since these areas are usually dark and quiet, raccoons (and other wildlife/pests) find the spaces appealing.

If you see disheveled insulation, torn boxes, and damaged drywall, one or more raccoons may have been in the space.

The presence of droppings in your attic or basement is also a good sign you have raccoons or another type of pest. On average, raccoon droppings will measure 2 to 3 inches long and 1/2-inch wide. The droppings will also have specks of whatever food the raccoon recently consumed. You may see pieces of green debris from grass and other plants or yellow particles if the raccoon has recently eaten corn.

Raccoons may leave paw tracks on surfaces inside your basement or attic. Or the tracks may be noticeable in a grassy or muddy area around your home’s exterior. The tracks are small and shaped like human hands with five toes on each foot.

If you see a raccoon in some part of your home, contact the professionals immediately instead of attempting to remove the raccoon yourself. If you believe a raccoon has been accidentally trapped inside your home or garage, open up doors and windows in hopes of the raccoon finding its way out on its own.

Help is available so you do not have to deal with raccoons or other pests in your home. For assistance with these unwanted guests, contact our team at Exterminating Unlimited, Inc., today.

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