What you need to know about raccoons and rabies, roundworms and leptospirosis when dealing with raccoons, raccoons in the attic issues and all other raccoon problems.
Rabies and Raccoons– as well as skunks, bats and fox both grey and red fox Carrie the rabies disease. This disease is a nasty one. Rabies will infiltrate the brain causing fever, headache, and general weakness or discomfort. After prolonged exposure hallucinations, insomnia, anxiety, confusion, difficulty swallowing, agitation, paralyses and hydrophobia (wow- How can we fear water) which is the fear of water can occur.
How does rabies spread?
Not many people know this but the CDC has a record of dangerous animals that could contaminate our ecosystem. https://www.cdc.gov/rabies/transmission/index.html
Saliva is the most common way to transmit the rabies virus.
Rabies Vaccinations are available if bit by a rabid raccoon, bat or coyote.
Raccoon Round Worms
Baylisascaris is caused by a roundworm found in the raccoon feces. Dogs and humans can be infected by this. Human infection is rare but can be damaging including eye damage and organ damage!
So what do we do about this?
Answer is simple, if you have a animal living in your home no matter how complacent or easy to live with, whether you have an animal in the attic, a raccoon in the chimney you no longer use, noises in the attic, noises in wall or even an animal under your house or in your crawlspace call a raccoon wildlife removal expert!
Leptospirosis can lead to kidney damage, meningitis (inflammation of the membrane around the brain and spinal cord), liver failure, respiratory distress, and even death.
How many more reasons do you need?
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