Infectious Diseases Raccoons Carry

Diseases Raccoons Carry TampaWhen you live in The Sunshine State, you are probably used to numerous kinds of wild animals lurking around. They, too, know how it’s so lovely and convenient to live in a state where the weather is warm almost all year. Have you ever encountered a raccoon in your backyard? If so, you must be aware of infectious diseases raccoons carry so you would know the importance of calling animal removal services right away. 

Raccoons seem harmless and would probably run away at first sight of humans. Others would just flash lights on them or would make some loud noise and these raccoons would leave immediately. Understandable enough, some of them hide and stay around because they probably found a great source of water and food in your property. 

Though they are not known to attack humans unless they feel threatened, these furry critters can bite or scratch both humans and pets. Aside from direct contact with them, you may also catch some infectious diseases raccoons carry when you are exposed to their waste including urine and droppings. Some of the many diseases they carry are the following.  

Rabies: Raccoons are rabid and they are one of the most common species to carry this virus. Since they are wild animals that get no vaccination, when you get scratched or bitten by a raccoon, you must seek medical treatment right away. 

Raccoon Roundworm: Also known as the Raccoon Ascarid, a roundworm parasite lives in the intestines of these critters, which could shed eggs through raccoon feces. When mishandled by humans, these roundworms may then cause Visceral Larval Migrans, a serious infection that affects the central nervous system. 

Other diseases raccoons carry are Giardiasis, Leptospirosis, Salmonella, and more. 

Don’t wait until it’s too late – call for professional raccoon removal assistance right away when you encounter a raccoon in your property. In Brandon, Tampa, Clearwater, and surrounding areas, Animal Wildlife Trappers is the company to call. You may reach us at 813-734-7080 to get a free estimate. 

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