|My name is David, and I am a nuisance wildlife removal expert. This website is a resource to help educate people about wild animals,
and some of the problems that wildlife can cause. This
website contains many guides to help you solve your critter problem.
I have also written several information articles
about the most common nuisance wildlife species,
just click your animal.
Wildlife removal is not easy. It is also fraught with health and safety risks. Most wildlife control situations are significantly more
complex than they may seem. It is also illegal in most US states for non-licensed persons to trap or relocate wild animals. In,
not all, but many
cases, critter removal is not a do-it-yourself job.
|HUMANE HINTS: Sometimes you don't need to remove wildlife at all! When possible, use exclusion, rather than trapping, techniques. Always be aware that an animal in your
attic likely has a nest of babies inside. NEVER attempt to poison a mammal. Set traps in shade, and never leave an animal in a trap for more than a few hours. If you are uneducated, please enlist the help of a professional.
If you wish to hire professional help, I have complied a directory of expert
wildlife removal specialists, covering over 500 different US cities and towns. I have spent significant time talking to these companies,
and have even directly trained many of them, and believe that the companies in this directory are superior to most of the companies you
may find in your own search. Just click your state on the below map, and you will find a good wildlife expert in your area. Updated weekly, current 2017.
If you have any additional questions about your wildlife problem, feel free to email me, or go ahead and click the above map, and
talk to the person I have listed in your city or town. They will surely be able to answer your wildlife questions, and if you wish,
they can give you a price quote and quickly solve your problem - usually same-day or next-day.
I have personally trained many of the operators on this list. However, since I do list companies in over 500 US cities and towns, I
of course did not train them all. However, I have spoken with all of them, and I do know that they are all
dedicated wildlife control specialists,
not big-name pest control companies. I have listed them for many years, and have not heard any complaints about their services - but I
certainly have heard many compliments! However, if you should ever have a bad experience with any of the wildlife operators that I recommend,
let me know, so that I can talk to them and perhaps revise my listings to someone better. Just give them a call, talk to them, and see for yourself.
This month's featured wildlife removal education article:
What diseases do raccoons carry?
Raccoons are susceptible to a number of diseases, and can carry several others without expressing symptoms. Common sense and standard preventive measures should be practiced whenever dealing with raccoons, their habitats, and especially their wastes. Rabies is the most well-known disease carried by raccoons. Raccoons infected with rabies will exhibit the following symptoms:
- walking in circles
- staggering or stumbling
- overly aggressive, or overly friendly behavior
- foaming at the mouth
- sensitivity to light and sound
- dragging/paralyzed hind legs
Rabies is a disease which affects animals and pets more often than humans. Even if a raccoon does not show symptoms, they can still carry the virus and transmit it, so please exercise caution around raccoons, and take care not to be bitten. Keep pets and small children away from raccoons.
Another disease whose symptoms are not unlike rabies is Canine Distemper (or CDV). This disease, caused by an RNA virus, manifests itself similarly to rabies, which often leads to the two being confused. However, CDV differs in that it can express nasal symptoms; nasal discharge and overgrowth/hardness of skin on the nose are big indicators of the virus. Other symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea, coughing or labored breathing, high fever, etc.
Domestic dogs are at the biggest risk for CDV. The virus is highly contagious and can be contracted in a number of ways, from inhalation to contact with contaminated food or infected bodily fluids. The fatality rate for dogs infected with CDV is about 50%, and even higher in puppies, elders, and dogs with weakened immune systems.
The second most-common syndrome transmitted by raccoons, after rabies, is raccoon roundworm, which is an infectious parasite that poses a much larger threat to humans. Raccoon roundworm eggs are present in raccoon fecal matter and can become airborne, which humans can inhale if not wearing protective breathing gear. Raccoon roundworm can cause permanent brain damage and death in humans. If you have raccoons nesting in your attic or other parts of your home, contact a raccoon removal expert. Never handle raccoon waste yourself!
Other diseases that can be contracted from raccoons include Giardia lamblia, Trypanosoma cruzi, Rickettsia rickettsii, Leptospirosis Leptospirosis, Listeriosis, Tularemia, tetanus, and salmonella. While not as fatal, most of these microorganisms still should be considered dangerous, causing a range of symptoms including heart failure.
Another condition which can be contracted from raccoons is worth noting, though the condition is not caused by a disease. Coonhound Paralysis can occur in dogs whenever they come into contact with raccoon saliva, which contains a protein that dogs' immune systems try to fight off by overcompensating. Though not fatal, Coonhound Paralysis results in severe, semi-permanent stiffening of the dog's limbs and body. Once a dog has contracted the condition, there are few treatment options available, save for keeping the dog comfortable and pain free until the condition fades, usually within a month.
These are just a small number of diseases and conditions that raccoons can transmit. Caution should always be taken when dealing with or handling raccoons, and when possible, it’s a matter best left to experts who know what they're doing.
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