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Raccoons In Your Home? Know The Health Risk Of Raccoons In The Attic

Jan 25

Are There Raccoons In Your Home? Raccoons In The Attic Can Be Harmful To Your Health

Warmth, shelter, and a nice place to live and sleep are all provided by our homes. These same characteristics can attract unwelcome housemates. Raccoons and other wildlife may attempt to establish a nest and reproduce in your home. Because most animals seek warmth and shelter instinctively, it's no surprise that local wildlife may unexpectedly enter your home. Raccoons in the attic are a common occurrence for many households, and they should be taken seriously the discovery of raccoons in your attic after a proper wildlife control inspection can be alarming.

If you try to handle or disturb wild animals, they might become dangerous, especially if they have young babies. If you want to try to remove the raccoons on your own, it is not advisable as the danger they pose can be life-threatening. Furthermore, they can be hazardous to one's health. You can hire a wildlife control service to handle the entire process for you and remove the risk.

The process for removing raccoons in an attic can be quite extensive

Step 1: Conduct a thorough and uninhibited inspection

Regardless of the size of the pest, every pest management problem must begin with a thorough inspection. To handle a raccoon problem, we must first figure out where they are, how they got there, and why they are there. We'll put together a solution suited precisely to your problem once we've answered these questions.

Raccoon Removal (Step 2)

Raccoon eradication isn't often as straightforward as trapping a raccoon. In the attic, there are frequently cubs (baby raccoons) or food supplies. In any scenario, the issue must be addressed in order to avoid future issues.

Raccoon Control, Step 3: Critter Eviction

Our critter expulsion service gives you control by closing the weak places in your home that let raccoons in the first place. Raccoons usually cause a lot of damage when they enter a structure because of their big size for an attic intruder. Repairing raccoon damage is one of our specialties. All of our raccoon critter expulsion exclusions come with a warranty.

Step 4: Restoring the Attic

Raccoons can also cause major damage to an attic in a short amount of time. Raccoons trample insulation at a considerably higher rate than other attic invaders due to their low, wide posture. Raccoons also have a habit of relieving themselves in the same spot over and over. As a result of this habit, their droppings accumulate and quickly become a massive mess. With other intruders, attic restoration is occasionally optional, but it is nearly always required after a raccoon has been in your attic.

What Are The Common Diseases Carried By Raccoons?

Raccoons are obnoxious animals. They will not only harm your property by pulling insulation to build nests in your attic and ripping holes in the exterior of your home to obtain access, but they will also destroy your property by ripping holes in the insulation to gain access.

They also spread zoonotic infections, which are hazardous to both humans and pets. These infections can be contracted not only by scratches or bites, but also through feces, urine, and saliva. If you detect raccoon activity near your home, be cautious of your surroundings and avoid contact with the animals, as well as their waste or any polluted areas. If you have any water gathered on your property that raccoons have access to, for example, don't let your dogs drink from it. That kind of common sense will go a long way toward keeping your entire family secure.

Some of the most prevalent diseases carried by raccoons are listed here. The symptoms and descriptions listed below are simply meant to serve as a guide to help you be aware. Only a medical professional can give an accurate diagnosis and treatment if you develop symptoms:

Raccoon Roundworm

Roundworm eggs can be excreted by raccoons in their droppings. Because these eggs are so light, they can easily go airborne. Humans can readily inhale these eggs and become infected if these droppings are found nearby. After being ingested, the eggs hatch into larvae that migrate around the body and can cause significant sickness in as little as a week. Raccoon roundworm is extremely hazardous and, if left untreated, can be fatal. It has the potential to harm the central nervous system, as well as other vital organs such as the brain. Roundworm disease can cause blindness or coma if left untreated.

Roundworm can cause the following symptoms such as fatigue, coordination issues, visual impairment, and muscle control loss.


Raccoons can spread the bacterial ailment leptospirosis through their urine and droppings. Humans and animals can both develop this virus. You may develop the disease if you have an open cut or wound and have come into close touch with raccoon urine or other fluids.

The signs and symptoms of Leptospirosis are vomiting, nausea, headaches, muscular pains, diarrhea, very high fever, and failure of the kidney and liver. 


Salmonella, a bacterium you may be familiar with from undercooked poultry, can be found in raccoon droppings. Humans can get this disease by accidentally handling a raccoon's droppings and then touching their faces. In dry environments, germs can remain dormant for a long time.

Salmonella causes the following symptoms such as fever, pain in the abdomen, appetite loss, and diarrhea.


Rabies is a viral disease spread by a wide range of animals, including raccoons. If you've been bitten or scratched by an infected raccoon, it's critical to keep alert and attentive, as the disease can be fatal. Stumbling around as if inebriated, froth appearing at the lips, aggressive behavior, and attacking inanimate objects or pets are all indicators of a possible rabid raccoon.

Rabies is contracted from the saliva of a rabid animal, which can happen through contact with a wound, as many people are aware. The nerve system is affected by this viral infection, which begins with flu-like symptoms such as weakness and fever and progresses to delirium. If left untreated, rabies can be fatal.

Because raccoons are very susceptible to the rabies strain, it is especially vital to avoid handling raccoons themselves to avoid being bitten or scratched. If the animal appears to be rabid, you should stay away. A rabid raccoon will exhibit unusual behaviors like acting furiously, not being afraid, or avoiding humans and frothing at the mouth. If you've been bitten or scratched, cleanse the wounds and see a doctor right once to get vaccinated.

All of these diseases, as well as others spread by raccoons, can be deadly. If you suspect raccoons are dwelling in your home, hire a professional raccoon removal service.


Raccoons transmit these diseases most commonly by polluted water, soil, or food sources, as well as on rare occasions through direct contact (bite or scratch). However, because the raccoon population is so huge and growing, avoiding these encounters is becoming increasingly impossible. We can take the most practical steps by remaining watchful of any activity and using common sense. Check your attic for their presence on a regular basis, and call a wildlife expert if you fear they've broken into your home.

Raccoons, however, pose a number of health problems. Hygiene is the best way to protect yourself and your family against a raccoon infestation. Only expert raccoon eradication should be attempted. All of these diseases, as well as others spread by raccoons, can be deadly. If you suspect raccoons are dwelling in your home, hire a professional raccoon removal service.