Nuisance Concerns of Raccoons
For pest controllers, raccoon (Procyon lotor) is one of the most commonly seen nuisance animals in North America. They have adapted themselves to living with humans. They have learned that garbage and dumpsters are excellent sources of food, and that houses are excellent habitat. A female raccoon will often attempt to live in an attic.
They will search hard for food, and are fond of tipping over trash cans, raiding dumpsters, and stealing pet food. They will often break in for pet food. They carry a number of parasites and diseases that can affect people or pets.
They are a common carrier of rabies, a potentially fatal disease. They also carry canine distemper, which can kill your dog. Their feces may contain raccoon roundworm, the spores of which humans can breathe in and become seriously infected by, so it is important to capture raccoons using human habitat.