Raccoon Infestation Can Pose Major Health Risks to Humans

If you have watched Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, you might have been fascinated with the character of Rocket Raccoon. Although ferocious, Rocket Raccoon does come off as a cute character after Groot. Now, a raccoon might seem cute on the outside, but they are highly sharp, intelligent, and a major carrier of zoonotic diseases that affects humans and pets. Hence, raccoon removal Collingwood is essential to maintain the health and safety of the residents as well as the safety of the raccoons. Let’s dig deep to know more about raccoons and how their infestation can affect your health. 

Raccoon Removal Collingwood

Raccoon Removal Collingwood

Lifespan of Raccoons

The average lifespan of raccoons is 2-3 years. However, it has been observed that raccoons can live up to 20 years when in captivity. So, it is crucial to tackle raccoon infestation in your home immediately. If neglected, raccoons can live longer with cozy home space and ample food in your house. 

Health Risks

As mentioned above, raccoons are carriers of zoonotic diseases. Hence, they pose serious health risks to humans and pets, making raccoon control Barrie Ontario imminent. Here’s a list of diseases raccoons can spread. 

  • Leptospirosis

The urine and fecal droppings of raccoons are responsible for the spread of Leptospirosis bacterial infection. High fever, nausea, vomiting, muscle aches, and liver and kidney failure are major symptoms of this disease. 

  • Raccoon Roundworm

Roundworm eggs can be found in the raccoon feces, which can cause a fatal infection in humans and pets. Since the roundworm eggs are light, they can easily become airborne and inhaled by humans, affecting the central nervous system. It can affect motor function and eventually affect the brain functioning, causing death. 

  • Salmonella

Raccoon droppings also contain salmonella, which can be transferred through accidental touching of the feces and touching the face. Salmonella infection can cause abdominal pain, severe diarrhea, high fever, loss of appetite, and more. 

  • Rabies

Raccoons can also cause the viral disease of rabies. The infected individuals can have erratic behaviour, such as the inability to walk straight and stumble around as drunk, attacking pets and inanimate objects, and more. 

Steps to Take After Accidentally Touching Racoon Feces

  • Use anti-bacterial soap and warm water to wash and clean your hands immediately. If you feel you might have touched your face, wash your face with soap and water too. 
  • Note down any symptoms of illness and seek medical care immediately. 
  • Avoid contact with other humans and things to avoid the spread of parasites and bacteria. 
  • Get in touch with a healthcare provider if you see signs of rabies or roundworm infection. 

Call Professional Raccoon Removal Company

Raccoon Control Barrie Ontario

Raccoon Control Barrie Ontario

Apart from the above steps, it would be wise to call one of the professional raccoon removal companies Barrie, such as us at Simcoe Muskoka Wildlife Removal. Our professionals are certified and experienced in removing raccoons from your property using humane solutions.

Tackle raccoon infestation on your residential or commercial property with us at Simcoe Muskoka Wildlife Removal. 

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