Raccoon In The House? Follow These Dos And Don'ts

Raccoons are cute from afar, but up close, they can be downright mean and dangerous. This is not a creature you want to discover in your home, but as springtime approaches and mommy raccoons begin searching for quiet, comfortable places to raise their young, some people will end up with raccoons in their attics or basements. If you are one of these unfortunate homeowners, make sure you follow these dos and don'ts when dealing with the raccoon.

Don't: Try to catch or handle the animal.

Raccoons carry rabies. Even if the raccoon looks completely healthy, it may be infected with rabies and simply not showing any symptoms yet. You absolutely do not want to get bitten or scratched by the raccoon, because if you do, then you may need to get rabies shots to avoid contracting this deadly infection. So, your best option is not to try to handle the raccoon at all. Do not try to grab it -- even if you're wearing a thick coat. 

Do: Keep your pets away.

Some homeowners assume their dog or cat can chase the raccoon away. However, putting your pet anywhere near the raccoon puts your pet at risk of injury and illness, too. Lock your pet in a room -- with food and water of course -- where they will be safe and far away from the raccoon. If you think they may have had any contact with the raccoon, make sure they are up-to-date on their rabies vaccine. If their vaccine is outdated, call your vet. 

Don't: Keep or assume you can adopt a baby raccoon.

If the raccoon is very young, you may be tempted to keep and try to tame it. However, raccoons do not make good pets. They are quite destructive, and they do not litter train well. Even if the raccoon is a baby, domesticating it is not a smart choice.

Do: Contact a wildlife removal company.

Your safest choice for getting rid of the animal is to call a wildlife removal company. They have staff who are trained to safely catch and relocate raccoons. These staff are usually vaccinated against rabies, so they can work with the raccoon with far less risk than you or the average person. Do not worry; the raccoon will not be put down as long as it is healthy. Rather, the company will relocate the raccoon outside where both it, and you, are better off.

Visit a website like http://molterpestandwildlife.com for more information.

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