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Raccoons in Yard
Raccoons are a favorite of many.

But can be a great nuisance to others. They can cause great damage. This usually occurs in the pursuit of food or finding a den site.

Raccoons are a rabies vector species. They are listed third behind skunks and bats as a rabies transmitter or carrier.

Get rid of these bandits as soon as you become aware they are living on, or visiting, your property.

Signs of trouble are when you see the animals on your roof or in your garage or barn. If they are visiting your yard regularly this can also be a problem.

If you are hearing noises in the ceiling or attic it is time to call a wildlife control operator.  Females will often climb down chimneys to have their litter of cubs.

Raccoons are members of the bear family. They are very strong and can be very aggressive. It is recommended that you do not try to remove these animals on your own.

A wildlife professional typically has already had their rabies shots. And they know the biology and behavior of the animal.

They can be a danger to small children who may disregard caution due to the raccoon's cute and friendly appearance. However, raccoons are very aggressive and are capable of causing serious harm.


In addition to rabies, most raccoons carry roundworms in their stomach. Tens of thousands of roundworm embryos are excreted in their feces. These roundworm embryos can stay alive a long time. The roundworm embryos can be *inhaled or ingested by way of dirty fingers and hands; thus transmitting the disease to humans. Toddlers can be particularly vulnerable and at risk of exposure.  If you find droppings or feces on your property it is time to take action.

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Although all cautionary measures should be taken, contracting round worm from raccoon droppings by inhalation is less likely than the more common hand to mouth scenario.  Much debate continues on weather a person can contract the parasite by inhalation.

 

The following websites can provide further information.
The Center for Disease Control 
http://www.cdc.gov/
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources 
http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/index.html
The Minnesota Department of Health 
http://www.health.state.mn.us/

 

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