When it comes to wildlife most people are aware that they should be left in the wild. You know that they are best in their own environment and it is not a good thing if they are used to people. The problem is that there are lots of animals and other wildlife that are just so cute that you may not recognize the trouble that they might bring to you. No matter what type of wildlife you are dealing with they are in fact still wild and there are some that want to invade your home. They are more interested in being around a place they can rest, keep warm and find food freedom and that is why your house is so enticing. Unfortunately, though, wildlife can cause extensive property damage and transmit dangerous bacteria and diseases. When you have one of these home invading animals around your house it is best to know what to do and why they are there. Raccoons are one that you need to be on the lookout for. A-Tex Pest Management outlines what you need to know about raccoons on your property.
What Does a Raccoon Look Like?
One of the things you need to know when dealing with unwanted wildlife is to understand what you are seeing. Raccoons can be found trolling around your house and even trying to get in for shelter. The raccoon is an animal that is well known for its mask-like look. They have a black coloring around their eyes that makes them look like a sneaky would-be burglar. They are also about the size of a larger house cat. The other way to tell them apart from your friendly neighborhood cat is their tail. They have a distinct eye mask but they also have a long bushy tail that has rings that run along with it as well. These are a great way to know what you are looking at if you catch a glimpse.
What Attracts Raccoons?
If you can find out what is attracting raccoons to your house you can usually take steps to avoid it. One of the most common things that attract raccoons is when you have pets. The pets may have a food bowl outside that is a perfect way to also entice raccoons. You also can be attracting raccoons to the house if you have fruit trees and bushes around your property as raccoons want a place they can hide and eat the free food.
Are Raccoons Dangerous?
When it comes to any wildlife they all have the tendency to become a danger. Raccoons are something you want to be careful of if you happen to see them around your house. If they are acting strange and are making erratic moves they could be sick and that makes them even more unpredictable. Raccoons are common carriers of rabies and other serious diseases that can be transmitted to you and your pets. They also are a pest that can be dangerous if they feel trapped. When they feel no way to escape or they are cornered they can start to growl and may take a run at you if you continue to persist. If you or a pet are bitten or scratched by a raccoon, you should seek immediate medical attention. Raccoons can be very damaging to the structure of your home and your personal property as well. It is best to leave the removal of raccoons to the professionals.