How to Tell if a Raccoon is Rabid

Raccoons are becoming increasingly common throughout residences in the Orlando area, and love to build their nests near the readily available Orlando raccoonsfood sources we often leave outside. Things like pet food, bird feeders, and unsecured garbage cans are all prime targets for raccoon activity.

With how common raccoons are in some areas, it’s important to understand the danger they pose to you, your family, and your pets. Raccoons are known to carry a variety of infectious diseases, the most common of which is rabies, which can be life threatening in extreme cases. For this reason, raccoons are often classified as a rabies vector species (RVS), and the utmost care should always be taken in their removal.

Critter Control® of Orlando strongly discourages removing raccoons on your own, but it’s important to know the signs of a rabid raccoon to help keep your family safe. Here are some surefire ways to tell a healthy raccoon from a rabid one.

  • A rabid raccoon often has difficulty walking as rabies can cause partial paralysis in their hind legs.
  • The raccoon may appear to be confused about where it is, or be moving very slowly. Healthy raccoons are always alert and being productive.
  • Perhaps the most obvious sign is foaming at the mouth. If you come close enough to a raccoon to see this, slowly back away and call a professional immediately.

Having any raccoons on your property is a great reason to give Critter Control® of Orlando a call, but if you think you have a rabid raccoon on your hands, it’s imperative to contact us right away. Even though raccoons are not typically aggressive, they pose a serious health risk to you and your family, and should be dealt with immediately.

Let the trained animal removal specialists at Critter Control® of Orlando keep you and your family safe from the dangers of a raccoon infestation. Give us a call today at 407.295.7194 to schedule your free home inspection.