This article goes over the dangers of raccoons. We all know raccoons are wild animals; there are many dangers with raccoons as well as other dangers with wildlife and animal control. In my opinion the biggest danger of raccoon removal and having raccoons in the attic is actually the accoon poop you may encounter. You would think that raccoons are dangerous because they have rabies, can scratch you or viciously bite you, but in my opinion the first and most dangerous factor of raccoons in the attic is actually the raccoon poop. I will talk about the other dangers of raccoons in just a little bit. First as you can only guess, raccoons have many different zoetic diseases these zoetic diseases can be transferred to humans. Raccoon poop can have leptospirosis, hantavirus, histoplasmosis, and raccoon roundworm. If you click on my raccoon poop page you can actually read about all of the different bacteria in great detail as well as how serious raccoon poop with raccoon roundworm can actually be to humans if ingested.
Raccoons can be extremely dangerous. If you think you're having an issue with raccoons in your attic you should contact a local professional raccoon removal company. Raccoons generally go into the attic to have their babies. If a mother raccoon feels that she is in danger or that the baby raccoons are in danger, the mother raccoon can attack humans. It is not a common occurrence but it can happen; a raccoon will bite you if the raccoon feels endangered, or the raccoon is cornered the raccoon will become very aggressive. The raccoon may try to scratch you, call at you and the raccoon can become dangerous. I advise my customers from staying away from raccoons if they are on your property or if the raccoon is in your attic. Please contact a local professional wildlife company like Centurian. We are properly trained, licensed and insured with removing raccoons.
The next biggest question that people ask regarding the dangers of raccoons is do the raccoons come out in the day, and if a raccoon comes out in the day do raccoons have rabies? Raccoons are nocturnal, meaning that raccoons generally come out at night. There are times when a raccoon can come out during the day as well. Raccoons do and can carry the rabies disease but more commonly in the raccoon population, in an urban setting, is distemper. Distemper can make raccoons aggressive and rabies can cause raccoons to be dangerous. Distemper makes the raccoon look like it's crazy; raccoons can foam at the mouth. If a raccoon does bite you, you can be exposed to rabies and raccoon distemper. If you have been bitten by a raccoon you need to contact your local CDC office immediately they will need to get you tested for rabies and even administer the raccoon rabies shot. Rabies is a deadly disease that can take less than 3 weeks to kill you. Again, if you have been bitten by a raccoon and that raccoon has rabies and you do not get yourself tested immediately, the effects of rabies are in reversible and without treatment will lead to death.