Who Are These Sneaky Scavengers?
Raccoons are clever and opportunistic creatures that prefer to live within proximity to streams and small bodies of water. These easily identifiable creatures are recognized by their distinct black and white face, and black-striped tail. Raccoons become a pest problem when they resort to seeking shelter and food sources in and around residential and commercial structures. They often find shelter beneath porches and decks, and inside attics and chimneys. Trash receptacles and insects found in most grass lawns, such as grubs and worms, are a favorite food source for raccoons.
Concerns About Raccoon Diseases
Rabies is a major concern when dealing with raccoons; they are one of the primary carriers of the disease in the United States. They also carry ringworm, a parasite that can pass to humans through raccoon feces. Raccoons also carry canine distemper, which is fatal if contracted by domesticated dogs. Attempting to use DIY methods for raccoon removal exposes you to being bitten or scratched, or contracting a disease from their feces. Raccoons are a pest problem that must be handled by a professional to avoid major risk.
The JP Pest Services wildlife technicians offer safe, effective, and humane raccoon removal and prevention services; often removal ends with trapping and release unless the animal poses a threat to human or pet safety or is believed to be carrying a harmful disease. If you suspect you have a raccoon problem on your property, contact JP Pest Services immediately for prompt and safe removal.
Learn More About Raccoons
Visit our pest library to learn about this common New England wildlife pest.