Raccoons average 25-30 lbs. and can easily gain access to your home if they’re motivated. They can push through roof soffit intersections, enter through roof vents, damaged roof edges, and chimneys. Once inside, the large animals can easily trample and compress insulation. They also relocate it to make nests. Raccoons also damage electrical and ventilation systems, which can lead to water damage and even fire.
The Health Risks
Raccoons carry various diseases that can be harmful to humans and pets. Bites or scratches can result in rabies. And their urine and feces can pose several serious health risks to humans and pets.
Rabies is spread from an infected raccoon to another animal or human through saliva. It causes muscle pain, dizziness, fatigue, fever, delirium, aggression, and eventually death.
Baylisascaris, or raccoon roundworm, is a parasite found in feces. It can affect humans and dogs. The infection can be severe if the parasite invades the eyes, organs, or brain. Its symptoms include liver enlargement, loss of muscle control, blindness, and disorientation.
Leptospirosis is bacteria spread through feces that can cause fever, headache, chills, muscle aches, jaundice, and kidney or liver failure.
This bacterium causes abdominal pain, cramping, diarrhea, and vomiting. It can often lead to hospitalization.
This bacterium also causes gastrointestinal discomfort that includes bloating, vomiting, indigestion, and loss of appetite.
The Modern Solution for Raccoon Pest Control
Modern Pest’s Wildlife Control Team will assess your structure and determine if there is raccoon activity. A customized plan unique to your situation will be devised. Various control methods can be employed depending on your circumstances. Humane traps can be used to capture and relocate the raccoons. One-way doors can be installed so remaining raccoons can exit but not return. Access points can be sealed to keep them out. Attic remediation is the next step after exclusion and involves surface-cleaning, sanitizing, and deodorizing the area. All feces will be removed from insulation. Insulation can also be replaced if necessary. Once finished, tips will be provided to keep the raccoons from returning and regaining entry to your building.
When you partner with Modern Pest Services, you’ll never have to worry about a pest, rodent or wildlife issue again!
Will My Homeowners Insurance Cover Wildlife Damage?
Since every homeowners insurance policy is different, it’s important to talk with your agent and find out exactly what is covered by yours.
Most standard home and mobile home insurance policies will cover damage to your home by a wild animal if the animal is not a rodent. Some common nuisance rodents are mice, rats, chipmunks, flying and ground squirrels, groundhogs, and porcupines. Bats, birds, raccoons, and weasels are not rodents, and are often covered.
Usually, the damage must have occurred in a single, identifiable event. If it occurred over a gradual period and preventable action could have been taken, it might not be covered.
When you’re shopping for a policy, talk with an agent about possible wildlife damage scenarios you could face. They will be able to inform you on whether the policy offers coverage in each scenario.