Wildlife is best left in the wild. It’s just that simple. They have no place in your home. It is not safe for you… or for them. Trying to keep these types of animals as pets is absolutely a terrible idea. You should never deal with wild animals, in any fashion, without the guidance and expertise of a pro.
Some people who love animals seem to think that controlling environmental health issues and removing animals from unsafe situations is somehow cruel. However, it is not. Animals like raccoons, possums, rodents, etc. do not belong in your home. They carry diseases and can destroy the structure.
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Diseases from Raccoons
Let’s face it. Raccoons are cute. They have adorable faces and the “masks” across their little eyes are hard not to admire. The many adorable characters that they have played in many of our favorite movies and shows has also made humans have a special fondness for these black and white animals.
It is certainly wonderful to enjoy and appreciate nature and wildlife. However, they are better left outdoors and in the wild. Raccoons are wild animals that can carry diseases, display aggressive behaviors and damage your home.
Here are just a few of the scary diseases that raccoons can carry:
- Rabies – a well-known and possibly deadly virus that can cause a host of serious neurological problems.
- Raccoon roundworm – found in raccoon feces, which is a parasite that can cause death in humans. However, raccoons rarely show symptoms, which is why it is best to steer clear of these creatures… even if they seem friendly.
- Leptospirosis – This is a potentially dangerous viral bacterial infection. Some people are barely affected, while others may become very ill or die. This is particularly like to become a problem for dogs and other household pets.
Diseases from Rodents
While some run and scream when they see mice and rats, others find them cute. However, when they come into your home uninvited, they can bring a slew of risks with them. The only time it is safe to have a rodent in your home is when it is a domestic pet.
Check out some of the nasty diseases that they can bring into your residence:
- Rat Bite Fever – a very nasty illness that can cause long term lymph node issues
- Plague – remember what you learned in history class? This is nothing to mess around with. It occurs naturally within the wild, but if brought into your home could make for some serious trouble.
- Leptospirosis – Again, as we discussed in regard to raccoons, this is particularly dangerous for dogs. Some people are barely affected, while others may become very ill or die.
- Salmonella – yep! You don’t just get it from raw chicken. This illness causes upset stomach, diarrhea and vomiting. Most people can recover on their own but, at times, it can be serious. If it is left untreated, it can be deadly.
Diseases from Squirrels and Chipmunks
Kids, in particular, are attracted to squirrels and chipmunks. Though they have inspired many cartoon characters and can be downright adorable from a distance, these little guys do not belong in your home. Ever.
Why? Here’s why… they carry…
- Plague – this is a potentially fatal bacterial disease that can cause delirium, fevers, and pulmonary problems.
- Hantavirus – this nasty virus can cause kidney damage, or even failure.
Diseases from Opossums
Anyone who has ever been up close and personal with an opossum can tell you that they are pretty scary-looking and not often very sweet. If there is one in or around your home, you want to get it out ASAP. Not just because it is so darn ugly but because it can be downright dangerous, as well.
These not-so-cute creatures can carry:
- Rabies (although not very likely in opposums)
- Salmonella (see above)
- Leptospirosis (see above)
- Parasites and fleas – depending on the type of parasite or flea, as well as other variables, these can cause everything from minor skin problems to death.
Please note that many of these types of diseases carried by animals and passed to people, called Zoonotic diseases, are quite serious. They are no laughing matter and cause permanent harm, or death. It is important to remember that they can transferred through contamination from animal waste. So, no, you are not safe if you just don’t touch them. If you believe that there is a wild animal in your home, contact us immediately.
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