The Bugs Stop Here Pest Control Guide HTML version

The Bugs Stop Here Pest Control Guide
Raccoons bend corn stalks down to eat the ears. They
break open and scoop out watermelons. They can be
devastating for poultry farmers and will occasionally attack
family pets. Racoon Control measures include keeping pet
food put away inside a tightly closed metal container,
securing garbage can lids, and erecting a 5- to 6-foot fence
or a two-wire electric fence. Repellents may help
temporarily. Live trapping in a wire cage trap is usually
effective. Consult your local government animal control
department for further information. If trapping raccoons,
use caution. They may be cute but can be vicious with very
sharp teeth and claws.
Common Infectious Diseases of Raccoons
Raccoons are susceptible to a large number of different infectious agents including bacteria, viruses, and
parasites. Several of these infectious diseases are zoonotic. Veterinarians are faced with the diagnosis
and treatment of wildlife including raccoons and need to be able to make the correct diagnosis as well as
educate clients on the potential hazards associated with exposure to raccoons.
Leptospirosis is a common bacterial disease in raccoons caused by a number of different species of
Leptospira. Transmission is thought to occur via urine contamination of feed and water. Other natural
bacterial infections reported in raccoons are listeriosis,yersiniosis,pasteurellosis, and tularemia.
Viral diseases of raccoons include rabies, canine distemper, raccoon parvoviralenteritis, infectious canine
hepatitis, and pseudorabies.
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