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Frequently Asked Questions: Raccoons

Frequently Asked Questions: Raccoons – Question #1 – Do raccoons have rabies?

Yes. In fact, raccoons are the number one carrier for rabies in the state of Florida and the east coast. Raccoons carrying the rabies virus will behave abnormally by stumbling, erratic aggression, showing lethargy, disorientation, and foaming at the mouth. The most common way rabies is transmitted is through the bite of an infected animal.

Frequently Asked Questions: Raccoons – Question #2 – Are raccoons dangerous?

No, raccoons are not dangerous but raccoons can carry other diseases, not just rabies. Their feces and urine can spread ringworm, leptospirosis, and salmonella. They can also carry canine distemper, an often fatal disease of dogs. Raccoons can cause significant damage to a house or property, urinating and defecating throughout the space they have inhabited, creating the opportunity to spread health risks. Infestations that have not been treated can sometimes cause your home or property to be uninhabitable for prolonged periods of time.

Frequently Asked Questions: Raccoons – Question #3 – Can raccoon damage be covered under homeowners insurance?

Usually, an insurance policy for a home or mobile home covers damage by a wild animal such as skunks, birds, bats, raccoons, and opossums. This policy typically covers repairs if FAQ: Raccoonsthe wildlife damages the attic, roof, or possibly structure. When deciding a policy, consider your geography. Speak with an agent about possible scenarios that might occur with the local wildlife and possible damages that you could encounter.

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Frequently Asked Questions: Raccoons – Question #4 – What do raccoons eat?

Almost everything! Raccoons eat eggs, small animals, fruit, pet food, garbage, poultry, snakes, fruits, and grains. To help deter a raccoon from your property, refrain from keeping any food for an outdoor pet out overnight, and keep your garbage secure.

Frequently Asked Questions: Raccoons – Question #5 – When do raccoons have babies?

Raccoons give birth in the Spring, with a litter of around 3-4 babies. The litter normally stays with the mother for about twelve months.

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