Asked by: Ileen De Las Peñas
asked in category: General Last Updated: 3rd February, 2020

What are the good points of raccoons?

Raccoons carry diseases, such as rabies, roundworms, fleas and parvovirus, which threatens the health of both people and pets. These animals may also eat your garden plants and cause mess and destruction when they dump over garbage cans or find an entrance to your home or shed, looking for food.

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Thereof, why are raccoons important to the ecosystem?

Despite the mischief this “masked bandit” can sometimes cause, the raccoon plays an important role in the ecosystem by helping to maintain healthy populations and distributing seeds, etc. from what they catch or forage. Most often the full scientific name, Procyon lotor, is translated as “washing pre-dog”.

Beside above, what should you not feed raccoons? Do not feed raccoons: leaving out items like compost, pet food, fallen fruit, and garbage bags will only encourage wildlife to investigate your property. Few animals will turn their noses up at a free meal, and a raccoon is no exception.

In this regard, what should I do if I see a raccoon in my yard?

How to get rid of raccoons

  1. Secure the trash can.
  2. Bring in pet food.
  3. Keep an eye on your bird feeders.
  4. Pick up fallen fruits and nuts.
  5. Put a fence around your garden, fish pond, compost pile or newly installed turf.
  6. Never intentionally provide food for raccoons.
  7. Yard work.
  8. Seal off your chimney.

How dangerous are raccoons?

Raccoons can be dangerous to have on your property or in your home; raccoons are common carriers of rabies and other serious diseases that can be passed onto you and your pets. If you or a pet come into contact with a raccoon and are bitten or scratched you should seek immediate medical attention.

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