Hi my name is Brendan Mangnitz and I am the owner of 24/7 Wildlife Control. I have been in business on my own for nearly five years and I have been in this industry for close to 10 years working with friends, family and other companies; while learning, training and understanding the wildlife removal & nuisance animal control industry. I started by graduating from the University of South Florida with my Business Management degree. After this degree, I got into the field of wildlife control because I knew there was a big issue with raccoons getting into people's homes and I realized that there were not many professional raccoon removal companies. I wanted to be one of the most professional and honest raccoon removal/ raccoon trapping companies out there and I knew that there is a big need to hire professional raccoon removal companies. You want to always hire a professional raccoon removal/ raccoon trapper that is properly licensed, insured, bonded, has workers comp, and additionally you want to hire raccoon removal companies and raccoon trappers that show up in uniforms, have wonderful customer service, have clean trucks and respect both you and the animals like the raccoons being trapped. We treat our animals in a humane way.
This article goes over the dangers of raccoons. We all know raccoons are wild animals and there are many dangers with raccoons. In my opinion the biggest danger of raccoon removal and having raccoons in the attic is actually the raccoon poop you may encounter. You would think that raccoons are dangerous because they can carry rabies, can scratch you or viciously bite you, but in my opinion that’s not necessarily the biggest concern. I will talk about the other dangers of raccoons in just a little bit. First as you can imagine, raccoons have many different zoetic diseases these zoetic diseases can be transferred to humans. Raccoon poop can have leptospirosis, hantavirus, histoplasmosis, and raccoon roundworm. If you click on my raccoon poop page you can actually read about all of the different bacteria in great detail as well as how serious raccoon poop with raccoon roundworm can actually be to humans if ingested.
Raccoons can be extremely dangerous. If you think you're having an issue with raccoons in your attic you should contact a local professional raccoon removal company. Raccoons generally go in the attic to have their babies. If a mother raccoon feels that she is in danger or that the baby raccoons are in danger, the mother raccoon can attack humans. It is not a common occurrence but it can happen. A raccoon will bite you if it feels like it is in danger, or the raccoon is cornered. The raccoon will become very aggressive. The raccoon may try to scratch you, claw at you and the raccoon can become dangerous. I advise my customers to stay away from raccoons if they are on your property or if the raccoon is in your attic. Please contact a local professional wildlife company like 247 Wildlife Control. We are properly trained, licensed and insured with removing raccoons.
The next big question that people ask regarding the dangers of raccoons is: Do the raccoons come out in the day? and If a raccoon comes out in the day do the raccoons have rabies? Raccoons are nocturnal, which means they generally come out at night. There are times when raccoons will come out during the day also. Raccoons can carry the rabies virus but more commonly in the raccoon population, in an urban setting, is distemper. Distemper can make raccoons aggressive and rabies can cause raccoons to be dangerous. Distemper makes the raccoon look like it's crazy; raccoons can foam at the mouth! If a raccoon bites you, you can be exposed to rabies and raccoon distemper. If you have been bitten by a raccoon you need to contact your local CDC office immediately, they will need to test you for rabies and even administer the raccoon rabies shots. Rabies is a deadly disease that can take less than 3 weeks to kill you. Again, if you have been bitten by a raccoon and that raccoon has rabies and you do not get yourself tested immediately, the effects of rabies are in reversible and without treatment will lead to death.
If you think you are having an issue with raccoons and you want to get an expert opinion on the sounds you are hearing, give me a call! My name is Brendan Mangnitz with 24/7 Wildlife Control and I am always available to help identify the sounds you hear, and I would be happy to send one of our technicians out to assist you.