Who doesn’t think that raccoons are cute through pictures? Especially when the furry critters are depicted as sidekicks in movies like Pocahontas and Over the Hedge, raccoons seem harmless and even friendly! But when it comes to raccoons in your Silver Spring home, it’s important to remember that movies are fiction and raccoons are not the best sidekicks to have around.
Raccoons in your Silver Spring home can actually become quite dangerous, especially if you have pet dogs or small children. According to Maryland DNR, raccoons are the cause of 60% of rabies cases in the state of Maryland. Raccoons are known carries of the disease that can be harmful, even fatal, to both humans and other animals. Raccoons are also known to carry diseases such as canine distemper and parvovirus, which can have serious harmful effects on your domestic dog. There is also the possibility of your new raccoon roommate to carry raccoon roundworms. In the past year, at least 13 cases of humans with raccoon roundworms have occurred, mostly involving children. Raccoon roundworms are neural larva that have no negative effects on the raccoon, but can cause serious and even fatal central nervous system damage to humans and other animals. Then you have the wonderful possibility of coming across a raccoon latrine in your home. Sound exciting? Just think of it as your roommate’s bathroom. Still excited? We didn’t think so. Raccoons can use the same latrine for years and it can be the site for millions of roundworm eggs. So what happens if you come across a raccoon latrine? Do not attempt to clean it yourself; instead call the professionals at Mid Atlantic Wildlife Control. Our technicians are trained and specialize in the sanitary cleanup of raccoon feces to prevent disease from spreading in your Silver Spring home. We can also remove the animals from your residence in way that eliminates stress to both you and the raccoon itself. Our technicians are trained by the top professionals within the animal control field to ensure the safety of all parties involved in the wildlife removal. Have a raccoon taking up residence in your Silver Spring home? Call Mid Atlantic Wildlife Control any time of day, any day of the week! Call us at 443.417.3137 or visit our contact page. You can also follow Mid Atlantic Wildlife Control today on Google+, Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest! Source: http://dnr.maryland.gov/wildlife/Plants_Wildlife/Raccoon.asp