Have you seen a pack of little trash pandas cavorting around your yard? Raccoons can be adorable, but like any wild animals they can bring some trouble!
We’ve been seeing a lot more raccoons in Sugar Land lately, and so we thought we’d take time to walk you through some of what you need to know if you’re seeing raccoons popping up out of your trash cans or staring at you through your windows!
Are raccoons aggressive to humans?
Good news, raccoons are almost never aggressive. If a raccoon attacks a human it’s usually because they’ve gone rabid.
That means if you get attacked by a raccoon you need to get to a hospital right away! There’s a good chance you’ve gotten infected with rabies.
The exception is female raccoons who are defending their young. They might start to exhibit aggressive behavior because they’re afraid you’ll hurt their babies.
Can you befriend a raccoon?
It’s better to avoid trying. Feeding the raccoons puts you at risk for all the diseases they carry and encourages them to move right into your home.
It’s also not good for the raccoons. Many raccoons who get euthanized began as racoons that humans tried to befriend. When you habituate raccoons to humans you make them impossible to relocate or put them in a situation where they’re going to be euthanized because they are a health risk.
What should you do if you see raccoons in the yard?
If you see raccoons in your yard there’s a great chance they’ve already worked their way into a house. You’re seeing them as often as you are because their nest is nearby, and there’s a good chance that nest is in your house!
We’ve already talked about the risk of contracting disease. This risk doesn’t just come from raccoon bites! It comes from the fleas that raccoons bring into your house, which jump to you and your pets. It comes from the urine and feces they leave around your home too.
We haven’t even talked about the damage they can do to your house, yet.
For example, we’ve seen them chew their way through roofing, dig their way through insulation, damage ventilation systems, and trash HVAC systems. They like to chew on electrical wires too, which creates a fire risk.
So do the following to prevent any fire risk in your home:
Make sure you’ve chained up your trash cans and removed other food sources.
Install motion-activated lights to scare raccoons away when they come near the house.
Call a humane pest control company.
Here’s how we handle raccoons in Sugar Land, TX and surrounding areas.
We show up at your house and look at all the ways they’re getting into your home. Then we gently trap the raccoons and relocate them to a place where they can live without disturbing other humans or destroying delicate ecosystems.
If you want to get close to cute raccoons, head to the zoo! In the meantime, call us to get your home and yard trash panda free.
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Contact us or call (832)727-9181 today for a free consultation.