When Will Raccoons Bite?

Easily recognizable, raccoons have dark gray fur with a black mask around their eyes, striped tails, and extremely strong claws and jaws. Raccoon bites are not common, as the pests aren’t traditionally aggressive animals. However, raccoons may attack in defense of their young or when infected with rabies. Since these animals are most active at night, encountering one during the day could be a sign of infection. Other indicators include staggering, erratic wandering, and high-pitched screams. If bitten, humans should seek immediate medical attention. Rabies is controllable, but is likely lethal if left untreated.

Entry into Yards & Homes

Food sources are what most commonly bring raccoons into residential yards. Securely cover all trash cans and dumpsters outside and bring any pet food indoors at night to keep these pests away. If raccoons are already in the yard, attempt to keep pets inside as well, since they are at risk of receiving a raccoon bite. It is not uncommon for animals to dispute over territory or for a rabid raccoon to attack a domestic pet. Do not handle animals that have been in altercations with wildlife, as they may be infected and transmit rabies through saliva, bites, or scratches.

Bite Prevention

In general, raccoons are well adapted to most environments and will find a way to survive virtually anywhere. They are strong, agile climbers and may enter homes through attics or scale low fences. Carefully screening chimneys and repairing damaged roof shingles can prevent entry. However, if an infestation is already underway, avoid raccoon bites and possible rabies infection by contacting the pest professionals at Trutech.