How Dangerous Is It To Have Raccoons On My Gainesville Property?
December 15, 2020
There are only two ways people perceive raccoons; as terrifying night horrors or cute trash pandas. In all honesty, we believe these night time nuisances can be both of these things. We think raccoons are cute when they try to wash cotton candy before eating it, only to watch it disappear. We also think raccoons are incredibly bothersome when they knock over metal trash cans at 3 AM, making a ton of noise and spilling garbage across your driveway. But how dangerous is it to have raccoons around your Gainsville property, and what should you be doing to keep them away? Here’s what you should know.
Raccoons: Habits, Behaviors, Diet
Raccoons are some of the most interesting creatures on the planet. They are also some of the most problematic pests. To help you better understand these bushy-tailed property wreckers, here are a few habits, behaviors, and dietary choices you should know about.
Raccoons are as clean as they are filthy. Although raccoons commonly crawl and sort through trash to find food, these pests are surprisingly clean animals. If possible, raccoons will wash their food in rivers, lakes, or other clean bodies of water before consuming it. These masked critters will even dig latrines in areas they frequent often.
When the weather outside becomes chilly, raccoons start looking for places to overwinter. This often leads to property damage as raccoons have no problem tearing up sheds, damaging shingles, climbing up gutter systems, and doing anything else they can to get indoors to avoid the cold.
There isn’t much a raccoon will not eat. These omnivorous pests will dig through trash, knock over bins, and tear up trash bags to find a meal. Common foods these bushy-tailed trash tippers look for include fruits, berries, fish, nuts, dried foods, steak, chicken, and anything they can get their opposable thumbs on. In the wild, raccoons will also eat dead turtles, insects, mice, rabbits, and even raid bird nests for eggs.
The Biggest Problem Raccoons Pose
Now, you might think the biggest problem raccoons pose is property damage. You would be wrong. The most serious threat these pests pose comes in the form of the diseases they spread. According to the CDC, raccoons spread many serious diseases to humans including roundworm, giardiasis, pulmonary syndrome, rabies, histoplasmosis, tuberculosis, and tularemia.
Some Ways To Deter Raccoons From Your Property
Raccoons invade properties for what they can get. If your property doesn’t offer these pests much in the form of food, water, or shelter, they will be less likely to come around. To reduce your chances of raccoon problems this winter, try these simple prevention tips:
- Make sure all of your trash cans have tight, rodent-proof lids. Some people will use bungee cords, cinderblocks, and other strategies to make their trash cans more secure against raccoons.
- Install motion-activated lights around your home. We suggest using yellow insect-resistant bulbs to avoid inviting in other pests.
- Keep your yard clean. The less debris and clutter there is, the fewer locations raccoons will have where they can hide.
- Install a fence around your garden and yard.
- Clean up thoroughly after outdoor gatherings.
- Avoid feeding your pets outdoors.
What To Do When Raccoons Invade
Raccoons are difficult and dangerous pests to remove from a property. If you are having trouble with these bushy-tailed invaders around your Gainsville home, we recommend getting Alternative Pest Control involved. We have the industry-leading equipment needed to safely and quickly remove troublesome raccoons from your property and advanced exclusion methods that are sure to reduce your chances of raccoon problems in the future.
Contact our team today for more information and to schedule your home for an emergency service visit.