Raccoons are truly amazing creatures. Their uncanny ability to adapt to new environments has helped them thrive in urban settings where other larger animals have suffered. But this new found comfort in even the busiest of urban dwellings has made raccoons one of the most invasive pests known to man.
Through their crafty behavior, nimble hands, and nocturnal foraging, raccoons have infested homes and neighborhoods across the country at incredible rates, and chances are you have seen a few of them running around your yard one time, or another. Don’t be fooled by their cute and approachable exterior, raccoons are in fact very dangerous and play host to a number of diseases that can be transmitted to humans. In order to better understand the true danger of these pests, here are the four most common diseases raccoons
transmit to humans and house pets.
The Rabies Virus
Although the rabies
virus can be carried by any mammal, raccoons are known as rabies vector species, meaning they are at high risk for carrying the virus.