Raccoon Roundworm: Common Questions

Frederick County residents know how to live amongst wildlife in the area. They know that most wildlife is harmless if left alone, but can cause damage if they are sick or if they enter your home. However, there are a number of diseases and parasites that certain animals can carry and it can become difficult to keep information together. When dealing with raccoons, you run the risk of being exposed to raccoon roundworm. While Frederick County residents may have heard about raccoon roundworm, they tend to have questions about what it is and what it can cause. Here are some commonly asked questions about raccoon roundworm.

  1. What is raccoon roundworm? Raccoon roundworm, also known as Baylisascaris procyonis, is a type of intestinal parasite that can be found in raccoons and their feces.
  2. Is it harmful to humans? Raccoon roundworm can lead to a central nervous system disease, which can become quite severe and even fatal if left untreated.
  3. How can I get raccoon roundworm? Humans become infected by raccoon roundworm after ingesting larvae eggs. This commonly occurs with children who are more likely to touch feces or dirt that contains eggs and then place their hands in their mouths.
  4. What are the symptoms of raccoon roundworm in humans? Once infected, it can take humans up to 4 weeks to begin experiencing symptoms. These symptoms include fatigue, nausea, lack of coordination, lack of muscle control, and ultimately blindness and a coma.
  5. How can I prevent the spread of raccoon roundworm? If you find a raccoon latrine on your property, or suspect raccoon activity on your property, keep all pets and children inside and call the professionals at Mid Atlantic Wildlife Control. A technician will be able to help you dispose of the feces and remove the animals safely from your property.

The professionals at Mid Atlantic Wildlife Control are trained to humanely handle raccoon control situations in the Frederick County area. If wildlife finds a way into your Frederick County home, our technicians will be able to remove the animals from your home as well. We will then identify where the critters entered your home to avoid future infestations.  All methods and techniques used by Mid Atlantic Wildlife Control are humane and avoid stress and harm to the animal being removed. Never try to remove the animals on your own. This could cause harm to both you and the animal.   To get started with Mid Atlantic Wildlife Control for raccoon removal and control services for the Frederick County area, call us today at 443-417-3137 or visit our online contact page. We are available, so never hesitate to call. We are also available on weekends and holidays as well.   Follow Mid Atlantic Wildlife Control today on Google+PinterestTwitter, and Facebook.

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