Raccoons have very sharp teeth and claws and the capacity to cause significant harm to adults, children, and pets. Due to their incredible intelligence, they can be quite crafty when entering your attic or subfloors, it is best to trust professionals to remove them from your property.
Do Raccoons carry Diseases?
Raccoons can carry a plethora of different diseases so it is best to avoid any contact. The majority of their diseases are carried in their fecal matter. Raccoons can actually carry more diseases than rats. The most prevalent disease we see in raccoons is rabies. Reported rabies in raccoons has increased considerably in the last 30 years. In fact, raccoons have recently been identified as the major wildlife host of rabies in the United States. In addition to rabies it is not uncommon for a raccoon to carry Baylisascaris, or roundworm. This roundworm can infect people as well as a variety of other animals, including dogs. Human infections are rare, but can be severe if the parasites infect the eye, organs, or the brain. While you should not live in fear if you have raccoons in your attic, it is very important proper sanitization methods are deployed by professionals.
Are Raccoons Smart?
Absolutely, these animals are brilliant. They learn very quickly and are very curious. With their human-like hands and cunning abilities, they can easily twist door knobs, open coolers, sift through trash, and much more. Raccoons even have a tendency to wash foods in bodies of water prior to consumption. Studies have shown that raccoons use situations to advance their intelligence, meaning if they had a negative outcome once they are not very likely to repeat that action. (ex. Being trapped) Their memory can last their entire lifetime, for this reason live trapping may not always solve your raccoon issue. Their problem solving abilities can be quite dangerous once trapped, it is not uncommon for them to drag things into the cage in an attempt to escape this could range anywhere from nearby wires to your hand when handling the trap. More advanced methods may be necessary to humanely remove them from your home. Professional intervention is the best way to remedy a raccoon trespasser in your attic.