If you have ever woken up to some scurrying in the wall or scratching in the attic you may have an uninvited guest living in your home. You also may have a problem with some unwanted wildlife if your outdoor trash bins are being dumped out and gone through. Whether they are in your home or around your property, unwanted wildlife is not something to be taken lightly and you want to leave the removal to a trained and experienced professional like A-Tex Pest Management. These signs can all point to a raccoon taking up residence near or in your home. A-Tex Pest Management outlines why raccoons are dangerous to have around your home and how to get rid of them.
What Diseases Can Raccoons Give to Humans?
Raccoons are one of the biggest problems when it comes to wildlife in Austin, TX. They are a very smart species and are able to figure out and solve problems such as opening a sealed trash bin. Raccoons are nocturnal so they tend to only be seen at night but can come out in the day especially if they are suffering from disease. One of the most common diseases that a raccoon can have is rabies and although it is not common place for a rabid raccoon to attack people is can happen. The disease can affect humans and other animals and if the raccoon is suffering from rabies it may act differently than expected. They tend to be more aggressive and less fearful of things around them.
Are Raccoons Dangerous to Pets?
When you dog or cat sees something that intrigues them they will normally go in for a closer look. Most of the time a raccoon will run off when they feel like something is approaching them. There are times when a raccoon has been known to attack a household pet and that is when they feel cornered. If they are backed into a corner where they feel they have no way out they will lash out.
What Damage Can Raccoons Do?
Raccoons come out in the still of the night and start to hunt for food and water. They are willing to get in a trash can to rummage through the contents. They are also known to go through a garden and pull up any vegetables, fruits and herbs that are growing and start to feed. If the raccoon has gained access to your home they can cause much more extensive damage to drywall, electrical cords, and more.
What Will Keep Raccoons Away?
Trying to handle, scare off or trap a raccoon is best left to a professional that has experience with wildlife. A raccoon can be very unpredictable and there is no way to tell how they will react. A professional pest control company that specializes in wildlife management can use the best known method to remove the critter from your home and property and leave your family feeling much safer.