Habitat: Wooded areas, along creeks and rivers. Crawlspaces, attics, garages, barns, storage sheds. Common in rural, urban and suburban areas.

Diet: Raccoons are omnivores that will eat almost anything. Fruits, vegetables, seeds, nuts, invertebrates, frogs, insects, crayfish and processed foods.

Known Attractions: Trash, scraps of food, pet food and shelter.

Risks: Raccoons can carry a multitude of diseases that can be transferred to pets and humans via fleas, ticks, scratches and bites. They also produce one of the highest risk fecal matter to people as well. Their feces can carry diseases that can infect people and pets via direct contact or by contaminating the air in your home. Raccoons are also one of the primary carriers of rabies and may attempt to fight household pets if threatened.

Signs of Presence: Droppings, disturbed trash, noises, foul odors.

Raccoons present some very serious risks to both humans and pets. For starters, raccoons are one of the primary carriers of rabies in the US. Another major health risk they present is with their urine and feces. Raccoon urine is known to carry Leptospirosis, a bacteria that if touched on an open wound or accidentally ingested, can lead to kidney failure and meningitis in humans. Raccoons also pose a threat to your pets. As mentioned above, their feces carry dangerous bacteria, like Leptospirosis as well as raccoon roundworms which can also be fatal to your pets. They also enjoy eating pet food, which can lead to a physical altercation between them and your pet. Scratches and bites from a raccoon can pose serious risk to your pets. Raccoons don’t attack humans often, but if startled, cornered or protecting their young, they will. Do not EVER attempt to trap or kill a raccoon on your own. You need a trained, licensed wildlife expert to resolve this issue. Hawk offers effective and humane trapping solutions for raccoons. If you have one around your home, contact us immediately for a free consultation and estimate!