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Yes. Raccoons are dangerous.

The most common area we find a raccoon infestation is in the attic or in a chimney. These critters will also create dens in crawl spaces, basements, and under porches. Stumbling upon a raccoon den or attempting a DIY raccoon removal can put you in harm’s way.

Do Raccoons Attack?

Raccoons are naturally shy animals that prefer to retreat when they sense humans nearby. However, as the pests' natural habitat decreases and they spend more time around people, this fear can fade.

Even if a raccoon seems calm or friendly, residents should never approach a wild animal. Raccoons are dangerous to people and pets when cornered or protecting their young. Both healthy raccoons or sick raccoons can attack. A rabid raccoon is more likely to attack.

How Dangerous Are Raccoons?

Defensive Fighters

About the same size or larger than a house cat, raccoons are strong and stocky. They will use their sharp claws and teeth to attack a person or pet if they feel threatened. Avoid leaving dogs and cats unattended outside in an area with suspected raccoon activity. If a raccoon has attacked, seek immediate medical attention.

Disease Carriers

Many diseases carried by raccoons are dangerous to humans. People know the pests best as vectors for rabies. Raccoon feces can carry raccoon roundworm and leptospirosis. Cleaning up raccoon droppings without proper safety equipment can expose you to these pathogens.

Property Damage

Raccoon entry points generally are in hard-to-reach places. Raccoons can tear apart shingles, rip open soffits, and breakthrough gable vents. These repairs can require tall ladders or work on the roof. Attempting these exclusion repairs is dangerous.

Preventing Raccoon Problems

The best course of action is to prevent a raccoon problem before it starts. Raccoons can live in a variety of habitats, but an area with water sources and easy access to food will attract the critters. A homeowner can limit food sources by securing trash cans with bungee cords and keeping pet food inside.

Raccoon removal should only be handled by professional wildlife control operators. The professionals at Critter Control will humanely remove the raccoon while keeping you and the animal safe. Once the raccoon is gone, we can repair any damage and clean up any health risks from the raccoon.

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