Raccoons: Facts and Myths
Raccoons seem to be mostly up to no good, with their dark mask and mischievous curiosity. The raccoon is a nocturnal mammal, meaning it spends the bulk of its time searching for food at night. As a result, many people find their garbage strewn around their front yard when they wake up the next morning. Raccoons prefer wooded areas near water sources because it is their natural habitat, but they have adapted to the urban setting extremely well. Rather than nesting in a tree, they prefer to make their home in easily accessible areas of your home, such as an attic or chimney, or beneath a deck, roof, or shed. Since raccoons are nocturnal, you can not realise you have a raccoon problem for a long time. If a raccoon has found its way into your house, however, it won’t be long before you hear them scurrying about above your head. It’s a good idea to contact a licenced pest control company that specialises in raccoon removal at this stage. Feel free to visit their website at King George Squirrel Removal Association for more details.
Raccoons Cause Property Damage
It might be difficult to understand how a raccoon might gain entry to your attic, however low hanging or nearby branches provide easy access. Raccoons are persistent pests, so anything exposed or detachable, such as shingles, roof vents, chimneys, or fascia boards, will provide an entry point into your home. Because of the comfort they provide and the abundance of resources that can be used to create a shelter, raccoons find attics to be an ideal place to raise their children. They’ll tear attic insulation off the walls, chew through electrical wires, and wreck air ducts. They’ll use your attic as a toilet, causing faeces to build up and urine to seep through the ceiling. Raccoons can raise several litters in your attic if given the chance, so early detection and raccoon removal are critical.
Raccoons are carriers of diseases and parasites that can be fatal.
The diseases that raccoons bear necessitate their elimination. Rabies is the most common illness. Rabies is a fatal disease caused by the neurotropic rabies virus, which is spread by bites and held in saliva. Roundworms are also carried by raccoons and can be found in their faeces. Roundworm eggs are disinfectant-resistant and can adhere to a variety of surfaces. Since these eggs are incredibly difficult to eradicate, licenced pest control is the best option. Accidental ingestion or inhalation of microscopic roundworm eggs can cause infection in humans. Roundworm eggs are most easily ingested by children, who have a proclivity for eating soil or putting dirty items in their mouth. Human exposure to raccoon-borne diseases and parasites necessitates prompt medical attention.