Is Rabies Common in Raccoons? - Critter Control of Tampa

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Rabies is a viral disease that causes acute inflammation of the brain in mammals. Many carriers of the disease are wildlife that homeowners often come across on their property. In fact, any warm-blooded animal can carry or contract rabies. Primarily, critters such as raccoons, opossums, skunks, and bats are known to spread the disease from animal to animal via scratches or bites.

The Threat of a Rabid Raccoon

Raccoons are found all over the Tampa Bay area and because of urbanization, homes are inadvertently encroaching on raccoon territories. This increases the chances of humans bumping into raccoons that often take refuge in residential neighborhoods to hide from predators and the elements during the colder months of the year. That’s when raccoons pose the biggest threat to household pets and humans. Particularly at risk are young family members, the elderly, and those with compromised immune systems.

Unfortunately, raccoons’ numbers are increasing from year-to-year. Should you encounter a raccoon behaving strangely on your Tampa property, then it’s best that you are aware of the following signs of a rabid raccoon.

Symptoms of a Rabid Raccoon

The signs of a raccoon with rabies include:

  • Disorientation. Rabies causes violent movements, uncontrolled excitement, and the inability to move certain parts of the body. A raccoon that is swaying back and forth might be experiencing rabies symptoms.
  • Foaming at the mouth. This is one of the telltale tales of a rabid animal. Stay away from a frothy raccoon.
  • Strange noises. If you live in the Tampa area, then you’re familiar with the high chatter noises that emanate from a group of raccoons. If you hear the low growling of a raccoon from a distance, then they might be rabid. Especially if the growling is coupled with the other symptoms.

Protect Your Home from Rabid Raccoons

An affected raccoon can potentially spread rabies to your loved ones and family pets. If you notice a raccoon that is exhibiting the symptoms mentioned, then make sure to stay indoors, close and lock all windows, and add a blockade to any doggy doors. To truly remove the threat of rabies-infected wildlife, you must rely on professional racoon removal services.

Tampa Raccoon Removal Experts

If you need assistance safeguarding your property from the threat of rabid raccoons, then contact the wildlife professionals at Critter Control® of Tampa. We have been servicing the area since 1983 as the go-to source to help not only homeowners but also commercial business owners with all types of safe and efficient wildlife removal. For more information about our services or to schedule your free home inspection, contact us today at 813-948-0870.

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