Raccoon Removal in Columbia SC
Our broad range of top-quality raccoon removal services ensures the safety of not only your home, but also the removed animal(s). We take pride in the ethical treatment of all of vacated wildlife and in the protection and restoration of your home. Each one of our wildlife removal services in Columbia comes with a lifetime guarantee for your complete satisfaction.
A raccoon in South Carolina stands 9 to 10 inches at the shoulder and weighs 6 to 20 lbs.
Raccoons can cause a variety of damage to your home. The damage will usually occur on the upper exterior portions of the home and in the attic. Often we have found entry points in displaced soffits under eaves, broken eave fascia boards, roof shingles torn away exposing open roof lines, or damaged gable vents. Droppings may be found in a central location on the roof, known as a raccoon latrine, or inside the attic. Inside the attic you may find flattened insulation, flexible ducts that have been ripped apart, and chewed wiring. This means insulation that doesn’t insulate, and damaged wiring that can cause a fire.
Raccoon droppings are dangerous because many contain tiny roundworm eggs that can infect humans and cause serious illness if accidentally swallowed or inhaled. Although these infections are rare, they can lead to irreversible brain, heart, and sometimes eye damage and death.
When it comes to raccoon removal in Columbia SC, residents (and those in surrounding areas) can rest assured their homes will be safe from these issues.
Along with damage to a home, a raccoon intrusion poses many significant health risks. Some of the diseases that raccoons can transfer to humans are:
Rabies: Rabies is a virus that is spread by contact with the saliva of a rabid animal or by being scratched or bitten by a rabid animal. Raccoons are one of the most common species to carry rabies.
Baylisascaris procyonis: (Bay-lis-asc-aris) The Raccoon Ascarid or roundworm is a parasite of the intestines of raccoons that sheds large numbers of eggs in the feces. Feces contaminated with eggs can become infective to humans after 2-4 weeks of incubation. Exposure to feces during handling, feeding and cleaning can cause a serious disease known as Visceral Larval Migrans and infection of the central nervous system. Oral ingestion of infective stages of eggs is the primary route of exposure.
Giardiasis: Giardia species is a microscopic protazoal infection that can be transmitted by a wide variety of animals. Raccoons can carry this organism in their feces and contaminate water, soil and surfaces. Humans can contract Giardia by ingestion of infective cysts from contaminated animals and sources. Patients can develop severe gastrointestinal symptoms.
Leptospirosis: Leptospira species is a bacterial infection that many animals and humans can contract and transmit. There are several different species of Leptospira that are found in wildlife, which is the primary source of contamination of the environment with these bacteria. Raccoons can shed Leptospirosis in their urine and secretions. Exposure of these excretions to open wounds or orally can cause infection to humans.
Other Diseases: Other bacterial diseases (such as Salmonella or E. Coli), fungus and rare parasites can also be a risk for illness in humans. People who handle, feed and clean up waste should be aware of the potential health hazards and practice aggressive hygiene and sanitation to prevent exposure of skin, eyes, mouth and body to infection. Physicians can assess individuals who may have been exposed and recommend appropriate actions to prevent disease.
Because of their susceptibility to the rabies virus, raccoons are considered extremely dangerous. Aside from the transmission of harmful diseases, raccoons can cause an indefinite amount of damage – electrical, contamination or structural – once inside your home.
Call Wild Thingz for fast raccoon removal services in Irmo, Columbia, Lexington, and surrounding areas including Richland and Lexington Counties. Our raccoon and other wildlife control services in Columbia keeps your loved ones safe.