On Halloween, there is nothing spookier than seeing a gang of raccoons making themselves at home on your property. Why? Because there are many dangers surrounding raccoons; all of which can harm people, pets, and places. So if you have spotted raccoons around your property before, there are some things you need to know.
Continue reading to review some startlingly truths and spooky facts about nuisance raccoons, as well as, how to stop them from coming back to your property.
Raccoons Carry Disease and Parasites
A scary fact about raccoons is that they are known carriers of several infectious and transmissible diseases, such as Rabies, Leptospirosis, Roundworm, Distemper, and many other viral infections. They are also common carriers of disgusting parasites and insects, including lice, mites, fleas, ticks, and worms. Not only are these diseases and implications transmissible to people, they can also transfer onto pets. This is one reasons why annual pet vaccinations are so important.
Raccoons Will Destroy Your Property
Raccoons have dexterous paws and long, sharp claws. These features, coupled with their high intelligence, gives them an advantage when it comes to access areas on our properties. Roofs, garages, sheds, porches, attics, walls, decks, tree houses, swimming pools, koi ponds, and more, are all common hangouts for raccoons. They cause a large amount of structural damage, and soil everything in sight with their urine and droppings. This can make a home or area of a home very unhygienic and dangerous for people and pets. Furthermore, they like to dig up lawns in search of grub worms, which will leave your landscaping looking like a war zone.
Raccoons Will Remember if Your Property
As mentioned, raccoons are very smart. One aspect of their intelligence is their memory. Unlike many other species of wildlife, raccoons will search out the best areas for food, water, and shelter, and they will remember these spots for a very long time. This is quite scary if your property contains attractions that raccoons like, because they will continue to come back, night after night, until those items are gone. So be sure to remove all food and water sources from your property if you have seen raccoons before. This includes pet dishes and bird baths, as well as, securing your trashcan lids.