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Are raccoons harmful?

Raccoons on a branch

If you live in an urban area, chances are that you’ll run into a raccoon at least once. These wild animals can live near homes, parks and even inside basements of residential homes. 

They’re usually shy creatures that won’t bother anyone unless they feel threatened or provoked (which is rare). However, raccoons aren’t always harmless—they may carry diseases like rabies or canine distemper, which can harm humans and pets alike. 

Luckily it’s easy to prevent this by securing your home against intruders such as these masked bandits!

Raccoons are nocturnal animals

Raccoons on fence at night looking for garbage or trash

Raccoons are nocturnal animals, which means they’re most active at night. This can confuse people who see them daily and assume they’re sick or injured. The truth is raccoons are just doing what comes naturally: sleeping during the day and hunting for food at night.

Raccoons eat almost anything they can find–meat, plants, insects–but they have a particular fondness for fruits and vegetables (especially corn) when they grow in abundance near water sources such as lakes or rivers where there’s plenty of human activity to provide food waste like garbage cans full of rotting produce!

Raccoons can be aggressive when provoked or threatened

Raccoons are timid animals. However, they can be aggressive when provoked or threatened. Raccoons are territorial animals and will attack people if they feel threatened. 

If you see a raccoon in your yard, do not try to chase it away yourself; instead, call animal control professionals who know how to safely handle these situations without causing harm to either party involved.

Raccoons have sharp claws for digging holes and climbing trees; therefore, they have been known to scratch humans who get too close while trying to catch them with their hands (which should never be done). 

In addition to scratching humans with their sharp claws, raccoons also bite when defending themselves against predators such as cats or dogs that might threaten their safety at night time when most people aren’t around watching out for them anymore.”

They can carry rabies and other diseases that can harm humans and pets

Raccoons carry rabies and other diseases that can harm humans and pets. The most common way raccoons transmit rabies is through a bite, but they may also transmit it through their saliva if they lick you (which is very rare).

If an animal has bitten you or your pet, see a doctor immediately because there’s only one vaccine available in some areas of the country to prevent infection from this disease. 

If you live in an area without doctors offering rabies vaccinations, ask your local health department how long after exposure you should wait before getting vaccinated.

raccoons in your house

Raccoons may try to take over your house

Raccoons are sneaky and can be a nuisance if they decide to reside in your home. If you see raccoons outside, it’s best to leave them alone. The only way to eliminate these pests is by hiring professionals who can handle them safely and humanely.

A mother raccoon can give birth to as many as a dozen young per year

As a homeowner, you want to keep your family safe and comfortable. Raccoons are nocturnal animals that can be aggressive when threatened or if their young are in danger. 

They also carry diseases like distemper and rabies, which can be transmitted to humans through bites or scratches from an infected raccoon.

Raccoons may try to take over your house if they think it’s an easy source of food and shelter for them and their younglings–so it’s essential to keep them away from your property as much as possible!

Contact professional removal experts if you have raccoons in your house

If you have raccoons in your house, it’s best to call a professional wildlife removal expert. Because these animals are so intelligent and have adapted to living among humans, trapping them can be difficult. A professional will know how to handle the situation safely and effectively.

Raccoon traps are available for purchase at some hardware stores or online retailers like Amazon; however, their use is not recommended because they may injure or kill the animal if misused or without proper training in their use (and even if these precautions are taken).

You should also be aware that even if you use a live trap–which would allow you to relocate the raccoon instead of killing it–, there is no guarantee that another family won’t move into its territory soon after release from captivity!

Try scaring away unwanted visitors through loud noises such as banging pots together or banging on doors; this might work during daylight hours but certainly won’t deter nighttime intruders from entering homes through open windows/doors. 

For better results, consider installing electric lights outside around entry points such as windowsills where they might have access inside homes at night when people aren’t awake yet.


Raccoons can be a nuisance, but they aren’t usually dangerous. If you’re concerned about having raccoons in your home or yard, contact us, Swat Wildlife raccoon removal expert, who can help remove them safely.

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