Raccoons are a common U.S. scavenger. This backyard pest is most often seen in and around the home between early spring and late fall, although the mammal can make your home its own any time of year.
You enjoy feeding raccoons that come around your property because the cheeky pests are entertaining and cute. However, feeding raccoons can cause more damage than you know. Here are reasons why you should stop encouraging raccoons to come to your property and how you can keep them at bay.
Raccoons Carry Diseases
Raccoons, like bats, are known carriers of rabies. Although the risk of contracting rabies via a raccoon bite is extremely rare, you don't want to risk putting yourself or your family in danger by being around a potentially diseased raccoon. Raccoons also carry parasites, such as:
Since you never know if the raccoons you are feeding are diseased, the best thing to do is stop feeding them, call a pest control specialist to remove lingering raccoons, and put away all food sources from garbage cans and pet food containers.
Raccoons Are Destructive
The charm of a raccoon's ability to use their claws in an almost humanlike fashion is the same reason why you should keep these creatures from your home. Raccoons are known for their destructive qualities and can open doors, rip through drywall, and tear up the outside of a property to get inside.
The amount of destruction a raccoon can cause depends on its intent: if a raccoon wants to get inside your home, they will find a way and you will be stuck paying for the damages they cause.
Raccoons Are Dangerous
Even if the raccoons you've been feeding appear to be tame and relatively friendly, remember that a raccoon is still a wild animal. Raccoons can attack people or pets, and a bite or claw mark from this crafty pest can be dangerous. News stories about raccoons attacking babies are real, and you don't want to put your family at risk of a sudden raccoon attack.
Keep in mind that the most dangerous raccoon is likely a mother raccoon with her young. A mother raccoon is very protective of her babies, especially if she is caring for them on your property, and she might attack any curious child or pet that gets too close.
Raccoons Will Multiply
If you are feeding a female raccoon, odds are you will eventually be feeding her young as well. Female raccoons find areas in your home that are safe and isolated to birth and raise their young. As these young raccoons become accustomed to their living conditions, they will venture out and begin to forage or beg for food on their own.
Male raccoons are also known to come into residential properties, although males will usually forage alone. Male raccoons will hunt and kill young raccoons, so female raccoons will keep their offspring well-hidden inside your property to protect them.
You should not try to get rid of raccoons on your own. Trapping and freeing raccoons will often lead to accidental harm to you or the creatures you are trying to get rid of. Call an expert pest control specialist to care for your raccoon problem for you.
If you are feeding a single raccoon, you’ll soon see signs of more of the same creatures nearby. Make your home uninhabitable by blocking crawlspaces, closing windows and doors, and keeping food and water sources shut tight. Call us at A-All Pest Termite Exterminators, Inc., for all your pest control issues. We will help you free your home of rodents and insect infestations today.