3 Reasons To Keep Raccoons Off Your Property

If you live near a wooded area, chances are good that you'll come in contact with a few raccoons. While raccoons are fun to watch, they should never be allowed to take up residence in your home—or even in your yard. These cute and cuddly creatures aren't so cute or cuddly once they take over your home. Here are just three of the many reasons why you need to call a pest control service as soon as you find a raccoon on your property.

They Carry Infectious Diseases

If you have raccoons living on your property, you also have a raccoon toilet somewhere nearby. That's because raccoons choose one specific location to do their business, and it's usually located right near their living quarters. Unfortunately, raccoon urine and feces won't just leave your home with an unpleasant odor, it will also put you and your family at risk for some very serious illnesses, such as baylisascariasis. Raccoons carry this disease in their intestinal tract and pass it along through their feces. The parasite that carries baylisascariasis is a menacing roundworm that will find its way into you—or your kids—on contact. To avoid being infected with baylisascariasis, raccoons and their feces should be removed from your property as soon as possible.

They'll Destroy Your Home

If you have a family of raccoons living in your attic or fireplace, you may think that you're helping them survive the winter. Unfortunately, you're actually helping them destroy your home. Raccoons will claw through your drywall, chew through your electrical wiring, and tear up your insulation to build their nests. They'll also chew through your shingles to create a new access point into your home. Before you're faced with extensive damage to your home, hire a pest control service to come and evict the critters.

They'll Attack You and Your Kids

If raccoons have moved into your home, your family is at risk for serious injuries. That's because raccoons will attack when they feel that their home is being threatened. Unfortunately, raccoons don't have to be inside your home to be provoked. In fact, people have been attacked while working in their gardens. To prevent attacks from aggressive raccoons, have them removed from your property as soon as possible.

Don't take chances with aggressive raccoons. Call a pest control company, such as Chagrin Valley Pest Control, at the first sign of raccoon activity on your property.