Raccoons can carry rabies, which is concentrated in the saliva of the infected carrier. If the carrier makes contact with a human, the disease can be spread through a scratch or cut. The virus can also enter a human through orifices such as the eyes, mouth and nose. Within the past 40 years, a new strain of rabies in raccoons has been infiltrating the eastern United States and is quickly making its way toward the west coast, making rabies a re-emerging national issue.
How can you spot a rabid raccoon or animal?
Don’t assume that an animal not foaming at the mouth is without disease; an animal can contract rabies without showing immediate signs. Most raccoons infected with rabies will appear different than those without the disease. Signs may include clumsiness, lack of weight or mass, and diminishing fur. If nothing else, identify if a raccoon has lost its natural fear of humans and pets, or becomes aggressive.
What if you find a raccoon with rabies?
Immediately call your local animal control shelter and the government’s community health department or your veterinarian. If a rabid raccoon is confirmed to be in the area, the government will most likely conduct a catch and vaccinate program.
How can I avoid attracting raccoons to my home?
Keep garbage containers securely sealed and add a splash of ammonia to it (they dislike it). Motion-activated exterior lighting can deter them, since raccoons prefer the dark. If these measures are ineffective or raccoons are already on your premises and going through your garbage, call Oneway Pest Control today and we will rid raccoons from your property while giving you more tips on prevention.