At first glance, raccoons may not seem dangerous. However, they can inflict harm on your property and affect your well-being. If left to their own devices, raccoons may start rummaging through your garbage and take residence inside your attic unbeknownst to you. If you stumble across an aggressive raccoon, here are some measures to take:
- Employ scare tactics. If you’re at a safe distance, spraying a raccoon with a hose or throwing a tennis ball might temporarily frighten the animal. While this may not get rid of them permanently, it may give you time to move indoors (and get pets and children inside with you).
- Back away and call a professional pest control company. When aggressive, raccoons are known to bite humans. They have been known to be carriers of rabies and leptospirosis (both potentially deadly to pets and harmful to humans). In order to prevent raccoons from harming you or any other person, stay in a safe spot and call a professional pest control company to handle the problem.
Here’s what not to do:
- Lure them with food. Feeding raccoons or considering them “backyard pets” encourages them to associate humans with food. They may begin to approach people (and your home) more boldly.
When it comes to aggressive raccoons, it’s best to leave it to the professionals. While some scare tactics may work at times, the chance of them returning and adapting increases over time. Raccoons are intelligent creatures and they’re not usually afraid to bite. To get rid of them once and for all, call a professional pest control service and keep yourself safe.
JDM Pest Control has you covered. With over 20 years of experience we pride ourselves on our commitment to eco-friendly pest control and prevention methods for raccoons and other pests. Call us now at (416) 729-3568 to get a free assessment and $25 off!