If you’ve ever experienced the joy of having to pick up your outside garbage after a raccoon has tipped it over and pawed through it, then you know just how much of a pest these animals can be! Hopefully, once they’re scavenging, they’ve headed back to their natural habitat. Sometimes, though, raccoons may take up residence in your attic or inside your walls by way of the chimney or roof vents. If you’ve discovered signs of raccoons and suspect they are living in your home, we suggest that you call us immediately because they can cause some serious damage:
A home’s electrical wiring is found inside walls where raccoons often hide. Raccoons have been known to chew on wires which can cause a great deal of damage or even an electrical fire.
Raccoons are fairly large animals, weighing an average of twenty-five pounds. If they’re living in your attic, their movements may compress a
nd damage your insulation and they often clear large areas for their nests. An improperly insulated home will cause your home to be extra cold in the winter and extra hot in the summer.
Raccoons can do a great deal of damage to your roof. They may destroy boards and shingles in an attempt to create a den, they may also tear apart vents and insulation to get into the attic.
First, raccoons can carry rabies. Second, a raccoon may carry the parasite Baylisascaris, a roundworm, in its feces. Ingestion by humans can cause damage to the nervous system and, in rare cases, death. Symptoms include tiredness, nausea, lack of attendance, blindness, and coma.
If raccoons are keeping you up at night, call Freedom Pest Control at 877-PESTS-55 today to schedule your free in-home evaluation!Tags: health risks, infestation, insulation, raccoons, wiring