Raccoons are nocturnal creatures that look cute and cuddly but are sneaky and sometimes dangerous. With their dark mask and mischievous curiosity, raccoons always seem to be up to no good. It spends the majority of its night scavenging for food. Raccoons prefer wooded areas near a water source as this is their natural habit, however, they have adapted extremely well to the urban environment. Instead of making their home in a tree, they often nestle in accessible areas in your home such as an attic or chimney, or underneath a deck, house or shed. However, if a raccoon has made it into your home, it will not take long to hear them scurrying about over your head.
It may be hard to imagine how a raccoon can get into your attic but low hanging or adjacent branches to your house provide easy access. Raccoons are relentless pests, so anything exposed or that can be detached, such as roof vents, chimneys, or fascia boards offer a potential entrance into your home. Raccoons find attics to be a great environment to raise their young because of the warmth they provide and the abundance of materials that can be used to build a nest. They will rip insulation off the attic walls and chew through electrical wires, as well as destroy air ducts. They will use your attic as your restroom; faeces will begin to pile up and urine will seep down to your ceiling.
Raccoon carries many diseases. The most common disease is rabies. Rabies is a deadly disease caused by the neurotropic rabies virus carried in saliva and transmitted by bites. Raccoons also carry roundworms that can be found in their feces. Roundworm eggs are resistant to disinfectants and can stick to all types of surfaces. Human exposure to diseases and parasites carried by raccoons needs proper medical attention.
Let us look at some evidence where raccoon
Raccoons Attack Another Resident in Arlington Neighborhood
19th July 2017, Washington DC News
Raccoons have attacked and bitten a man in an Arlington, Virginia, neighborhood just days after a woman was attacked in the same area.
Greg Purcell, who lives in the Fairlington neighborhood, said he was walking out of his front door early Wednesday morning when two raccoons leaped onto his legs.
“I was stepping out onto my porch to put on sun lotion spray and was just looking at the bottle of spray and was just looking at the bottle of spray when all of a sudden the raccoons were, two of them, were chomping on my leg and scratching and clawing me.
Raccoon attack leaves Niagara woman in bandages
By Karena Walter, May 4, 2017, Canada news
An 81-year-old woman is recovering from bites and scratches after being attacked by a raccoon at her St. Catharines home in what officials say is a rare event.
Paramedics took Wilma Hagt to hospital with injuries to her legs and hands while animal services trapped the raccoon Sunday.
“I was bleeding all over,” Hagt said Wednesday from her Carlton Street home. “It was just unbelievable. Half of my finger was off, the top of my finger was dangling.
She went outside towards her car and suddenly felt her right leg being bitten. She said she didn’t see the raccoon coming.
“I ran into the house. We have a small entrance and I thought I’d get away from him, but the door closes slowly because we have little kids here coming in and out, and he snuck in with me,” she said. “That’s when he attacked me quite a bit.”
Hagt said she was stuck in the front mud room with the raccoon as he repeatedly went after her. Hagt’s husband was in the shower and didn’t hear the commotion.
Sick raccoons causing concern in Atlantic Beach
May 02, 2017, News 4 JAX+001
Neighbors say the “masked” furry animals are all over the area, appearing sick and being aggressive. “There’s been a lot of large ones around here in the neighborhood,” Atlantic Beach resident Patrick Peya said.
Neighbors said they’ve seen several raccoons in the streets or in trees showing symptoms of distemper. The sickness does not affect humans but can affect pets and can make raccoons become aggressive.
It’s spread when animals have direct contact with body fluids or droppings from an infected animal.
FWC officials said residents should not try to catch the animals and should make sure their pets are properly vaccinated.
If a person or animal is bitten, alert the health department and seek the care of a doctor immediately, because symptoms might not show for several days, wildlife officials said.
These wily creatures not only cause carnal damage but also economic damage. Being inquisitive as well as dexterous by nature, they amount to huge damage in the wire and cable industry. They will chew wires and cables more often out of curiosity. Moreover, most insurance companies don’t cover damage caused due to raccoons. They don’t pay for the animal damage because it is seen as a direct result of homeowner neglect.
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