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What’s the Problem with Porcupines?
Attracted to salt, porcupines may chew on wood siding, salted car tires, or anything laced with sweat. Since this behavior often puts the large rodents close to homes, residents have good reason to wonder if there are risks associated with porcupines.
Are Porcupines Dangerous to Humans?
While generally passive if left alone, these pests can perceive people as a threat and use their quills in self-defense. They tense their muscles so the quills stand at attention, then begin swatting their tails back and forth.
Porcupine quills can become embedded in the skin and are painful and difficult to remove.
The pests are also able to spread porcupine diseases like rabies. They may host ticks as well, which can pass on Colorado tick fever and a variety of other illnesses.
Are Porcupines Dangerous to Pets?
Other animals can trigger increased aggression in porcupines, meaning cats and dogs might be in greater danger than people. Porcupine quills are particularly risky to remove, and potentially deadly for small pets. Porcupine diseases are also easier for animals to contract.
Because of the threat posed by porcupine quills and diseases, residents should take precautions to prevent these animals from entering the property. The experts at Trutech can use the proper prevention and removal techniques to keep pests away.