Skunk Smell Removal Recipe

If you’ve just found this blog post by doing a Google search, then we bet you’re in a hurry!

We better just get to the point and give you our expert-approved skunk spray removal recipe. You can use this to get skunk smell off of your dog.

If you need skunk removal in Chicagoland, call us at: 847-464-1861

Skunk Smell Removal Recipe

The most effective skunk smell recipe requires only three ingredients:

  • 1-quart hydrogen peroxide (3%)
  • 1/4 cup baking soda (sodium bicarbonate)
  • 1 teaspoon liquid dish soap (for example Dawn dish soap)

Skunk smell removal recipe ingredients

How to use the skunk smell removal mixture

  • Clean your dog as soon as possible, the sooner the better to get the smell out.
  • Mix these three ingredients together in a bowl or bucket
  • Use the mixture and thoroughly rub it into your pet’s fur.
  • Let sit for five minutes and rinse with tap water afterward.
  • Don’t leave it on your pet for more than five minutes because it can cause bleaching.
  • You may need to repeat the process more than once to get rid of the odor.
  • For spray in the eyes, flush with water as soon as possible.

NOTE: Do not mix ahead of time and save it for when you need it. The mixture is unstable and ineffective when stored. You should store ingredients separately and save them for when needed.

Related: How to get rid of skunk smell on pets, on you and in your home

How to Get Skunk Smell Off Your Dog Video

Learn how to make and use this skunk removal recipe in just two minutes.

Skunk smell removal recipe tips

  • Clean your dog as soon as possible – The longer the skunk spray is on your dog without cleaning, the harder it will be to remove.
  • Make a skunk spray removal kit – If there’s a chance your dog could encounter a skunk in your area, you should keep the spray removal ingredients on hand at all times, as well as a bucket or tub for cleaning. Have your ingredients and plan of action ready. DO NOT, however, mix the ingredients ahead of time and store for later. It will lose its potency.
  • Clean your dog outside if possible – Bringing the dog inside the home means bringing the smell inside the home. Dog owners have regretted bringing their dog inside and then seeing her roll around on the carpet or jump on the couch.
  • Rinse with shampoo afterwords – After you have used your skunk removal recipe, wash your pet with pet shampoo and conditioner and rinse clean.

For professional skunk removal services in the Chicago suburban area, contact Attic Solutions for humane removal of skunks and other pests.

Contact us online or call 847-464-1861


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Fat Squirrels in Chicago

Fat Squirrels in Chicago

Do the squirrels in your yard look a little plump to you this year? Maybe even fat?

If you have noticed the squirrels in Chicago are getting bigger then it’s not just your imagination. In fact, the squirrel population in Chicago has increased because of two straight mild winters and fewer squirrels freezing to death.

November was very mild, giving squirrels plenty of time to feast and stock up on food. Most of December was very mild as well, with no significant snowfall or cold weather until the last week of the month.

These factors have given the squirrels plenty of time to gorge themselves.

Late December and early January is peak fat squirrel season.

Tree Squirrel, SquirrelsIt’s their natural instinct to eat as much as possible in late fall. It’s natural to think that squirrels would be skinnier in winter, and they will be by spring, but in early winter they are fattened up.

Squirrels are fatter than ever right now. They don’t have a Tom Skilling to talk to them about the weather; they need to get ready for winter, and the best way to store calories is on themselves.” – – Squirrel expert and founder of Project Squirrel Steve Sullivan.

Squirrel diets consist of high-fat nuts such as acorns and walnuts, as well as berries, fruits, worms, and insects. In fall they will also eat unpicked garden vegetables and plenty of corn, gourds, and punkins from homeowners fall displays.

You may have seen them eating from bird feeders and been frustrated with squirrels digging up and eating your flower bulbs.

Squirrel eating pumpkinThey will basically try almost anything, especially when other food is not easily available. Squirrels have been known to put down whole hamburgers, potato chips, slices of pizza and other fatty human foods.

Some Chicago squirrels have been known to run right up to people and eat food out of their hands. It is rare, but they have even been known to attack their human enemies.

There are over 265 species of squirrel worldwide. The two common squirrels in Chicago are gray squirrels, which have gray fur, white bellies and tails, and the fox squirrel, which are brownish with an orange rust-colored belly and a black-fringed tail.

Both speeches have rarely lived next to one another in the Chicago metropolitan area. While gray squirrels resided in wealthier neighborhoods, fox squirrels preferred less affluent areas.

Squirrel in atticThey build their nests high up in trees to keep away from predators and in areas that they find to be warmer than the outdoors, for example, your attic. Squirrels have been known to cause thousands of dollars in damages to roofs and attics and even start fires by chewing on electrical wires.

Related: Protect your home from animals in winter

You don’t want those fatties in your home

If you find out that you have squirrels in your attic, then you’re going to have to remove them from your home. It’s cold outside, but wild animals belong in the wild. Squirrels are wild animals, not pets, even if you are one of those people who find them cute.

If squirrels are in your attic, then they are also likely to raise a family there, and then you’ll have anywhere from 4-8 squirrels in your attic causing mayhem. It’s not something you want to deal with and they can be a threat to your health and safety.

Attic restorationDo you need help removing a squirrel from your home?

Attic Solutions can provide you humane squirrel removal services in the Chicagoland suburbs. 

We can also safely restore and sanitize your attic to remove dangerous contaminants.

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How to Get Rid of Squirrels in Attic

how to remove squirrels from attic

Squirrels are one of the most common nuisance animals that enter the home during winter.

Like all other animals that will enter the home during fall and winter, they’re looking for a nice warm place to get shelter from the cold and snow. Squirrels also want a safe space to raise their young. They do not hibernate but they do want a warm place where that can sleep and remain mostly inactive until the weather changes and they leave in search of food.

You don’t want these little visitors living in your attic. Though they may not be as likely to carry diseases like raccoons do, they can be destructive.

 

Squirrel in attic

Photo by Tammra M – Creative Commons 4.0 Attribution

Besides digging, scratching and damaging items in your attic, squirrels chewing on electrical wires is a serious issue that causes hundreds of home fires every year.

 

The sooner you get rid of a squirrel, the sooner you can stop the damage they cause and the smell they leave behind. You don’t want them sticking around long enough to give birth to a litter and end up with even more squirrels living there.

In this post, we list four DIY ideas to try for removing squirrels from the attic before you call a professional removal service.

Sometimes the best option is to contact a professional animal removal service. In Chicagoland, contact Attic Solutions for fast, safe and affordable squirrel removal.

Steps to get rid of squirrels in the attic

First, you need to find out how squirrels are getting into your home.

Squirrels can squeeze through small openings to enter the home. They may also enter through chimneys or vents. Squirrels may also chew their way inside through a worn area in the siding or soffit.

Finding out where they get in may take some work. It’s likely they’re entering through a place that is not easily accessible to people.

Related: Common animal entry points

You want to find out how they’re getting in to help determine your strategy for getting rid of the squirrels. You may not actually close the entrance right away. If there is only one way in, then you risk trapping them inside your home, which can make them cause even more damage while trying to escape.

If there is more than one entrance, then close all of the exits except for the main one. Leave the most easily accessible entry intact for now.

Once you have found their entry points and closed all of them except for one, give the squirrel some incentive to leave the attic.

Related: Can I keep a squirrel for a pet in Illinois?

How can you get squirrels to leave the attic?

There are several DIY methods that people will try to get rid of squirrels in the attic. 

  • Light
  • Sound
  • Chemical Repellents
  • Trapping (permit required)

This squirrel wants to eat your electrical wiresPeople report varying levels of success using these DIY methods. What works against one squirrel will not always work with another because individual squirrels have different levels of tolerance to human activity.

Related: How to identify kind of animal in attic

Light

Some people have had success in repelling squirrels by placing bright lights and strobes in the attic. These can work because they disrupt the dark peaceful home the squirrel has tried to make for herself.

Sound

Sounds may also disrupt the environment of some squirrels and scare them away. Some people have said that simply placing a radio at a high volume in the attic is enough to get rid of them. Others have used ultrasonic animal repellers that make a high pitched ultrasonic noise that scares animals away.

Chemical Repellents

There are many chemical sprays and granular repellents available at your local hardware store. People report varying levels of success. Some people have complained that many animals develop a tolerance to repellents and eventually return. If you can get them out of your attic long enough to cover their entryway, it could be worth it.

Trapping

Some people opt to try and trap the squirrels in their attic. You should be aware though that squirrels are a protected species and require a nuisance animal permit in Illinois in order to trap and remove.

Once you have chased the squirrels out of your home, it will be safe to perform attic restoration and repairs.

Make sure you’ve closed off their entrance for good and periodically inspect your home exterior, at least every spring and fall.

Attic restorationDo you need help removing a squirrel from your home?

Attic Solutions can provide you humane squirrel removal services in the Chicagoland suburbs. 

We can also safely restore and sanitize your attic to remove dangerous contaminants.

For a limited time, get a 10% discount when you mention coupon code WEB10%

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What Do Raccoons Do in Winter?

What Raccoons Do in Winter

When the cold weather and snow arrive, you may be wondering if raccoons come out in the winter.

In this post, we discuss the winter habits of raccoons so you can better understand their behavior.

Do raccoons migrate or hibernate in winter?

Raccoons do not migrate in winter and they do also not hibernate in winter either, contrary to what many believe.

raccoon in tree in winterRaccoons are not true hibernators. They may, however, go into an extended period of rest and sleep called “torpor”. It is not hibernation because their heart rate will not slow and their metabolism and body temperature does not change.

Related: Do raccoons hibernate?

They will have fattened up during summer so they have a reserve of fat for the cold winter months.

Raccoon torpor

raccoon in homeAs the weather begins getting colder, raccoons will seek out a good den for the winter months. During the first major snowfall or when temperatures dip below 25 degrees, raccoons will go to sleep in their den until the coldest and snowiest periods’ end.

Since they are not actually hibernating, raccoons will rise from their dens anytime the weather gets warmer. They will go in search of food to help them through the remainder of the winter.

The problem for you is when these raccoons decide that living under your deck, inside your chimney or moving into your attic is the best place to spend the winter.

Related: Keep animals out of your chimney with a chimney cap

Raccoons in your attic

You might be able to tolerate them temporarily under your deck, but you definitely don’t want them in your attic. Raccoons may carry diseases and so can the feces they leave behind. They may also chew wires and tear up other things they find.

It’s worth taking preventive measures for keeping raccoons away from your home.

Raccoon Behavior FAQ

Raccoon Behavior FAQ

There’s also another thing you probably want to avoid: Raccoons having babies in your home.

Because raccoons do not hibernate, they have found another way to occupy themselves during winter: mating.

Raccoon mating season takes place in late winter, sometime between January and February.

Finding a nice place to have babies is actually the most likely reason raccoons will move into your home.

Summary

What do raccoons do in winter? They will search for a place to make a good winter den. They will not hibernate but they do go into torpor, a state of extended rest in their den. Raccoons will come out though as soon as it’s warm enough for them to go in search of food. They will also mate during the winter months and give birth do a litter in early spring.

Attic restorationDo you need help removing a raccoon from your home?

Attic Solutions can provide you humane raccoon removal services in the Chicagoland suburbs. 

We can also safely restore and sanitize your attic to remove dangerous contaminants.

Satisfaction guaranteed!

Contact us online or call (847) 464-1861


 

Diseases in House Mice

Diseases in House Mice

Have you seen mice in your house? These rodents are common animal invaders to homes during the fall when the weather starts getting cold.

Once mice are in the house, you have to get rid of them. Nobody wants an uninvited guest in the house that poops everywhere!

That’s a good enough reason to get rid of mice in the house. But are there others?

Mice in House May Carry DiseaseDo mice in the house carry disease?

Yes, house mice can carry diseases. They can transmit diseases to humans and pets through droppings, bites, fleas, lice, mites, and ticks.

What diseases do mice carry?

  • Salmonella
  • Hantavirus
  • Leptospirosis
  • Rat-bite fever
  • The plague

Mice Disease Symptoms

SalmonellaSalmonella

Salmonella symptoms include gastrointestinal pain, vomiting, and diarrhea. Salmonella is most commonly spread through with mice droppings that have come in contact with food or water.

Hantavirus

Earliest symptoms of the hantavirus include chills, muscle aches, and fever. Advanced symptoms of hantavirus include a dry cough, headache, shortness of breath, nausea, vomiting, and fatigue.  Hantavirus is spread by breathing dust contaminated by the droppings or urine of an infected mouse.

Related: How to tell what kind of animal is in attic

Leptospirosis

House Mice carry disease

Photo by Max Pixel

Leptospirosis is a bacteria that is spread through mouse urine. Symptoms of leptospirosis include high fever, head and muscle aches, vomiting, diarrhea, and jaundice (yellowing of skin color).

Related: Leprostoisis disease spread by rodents

Rat bite fever

This disease is spread by the bite of a mouse or a rat. Rat bite fever can also be spread through the handling of an infected mouse or through food or water that has come in contact with a diseased mouse. The symptoms include fever, body aches, vomiting and a red rash with small bumps.

Related: Reasons why you shouldn’t use rat and mouse poison

The Plague

Nobody wants any of these, but if you end up with the plague, people are going to wonder if you’re some kind of holdout from medieval times. Symptoms depend on which type of the plague is contracted: bubonic, septicemic and pneumonic.

Early symptoms for any type of the plague are high fevers and extreme weakness. Bubonic plague symptoms also include swollen and painful lymph nodes. Septicemic plague symptoms include abdominal pain, shock, and bleeding into the skin and other organs. Pneumonic plague is characterized by respiratory failure and shock. It can be spread through handling an infected mouse or from flea bites from an infected mouse. Once contracted by a human, it can be spread from human to human.

If you need professional rodent removal services in the Chicagoland area, please contact us online or call (847) 464-1861.

Skunk Spray FAQ

Skunk FAQ facts

Ugh. Is there anything stinkier than the smell of a skunk?

If you think about it, maybe you can come up with one. The thing is, that smell probably won’t go walking through your yard, spray your dog or move under your porch.

You definitely know what that skunk spray smells like. How much more do you know about skunk spray?

Because we are asked a lot of questions about it, in this post, we answer some of the most frequently asked questions about skunk spray that we hear.

Skunk Spray Frequently Asked Questions

What is skunk spray?

Skunk spray is a weapon employed by skunks to provide defense. It’s an adaptation that helps protect skunks from many would-be predators in nature. The oily spray is produced by two glands. There is one on each side of a skunk’s anus. These glands produce the spray, which is a mixture of sulfur-containing chemicals such as thiols, which produce an offensive odor. Thiols are also present in decaying flesh.

The science of skunk spray

Is skunk spray bad for you? Can skunk spray kill you?

Skunk spray is not poisonous; it will not kill you or your pets. A direct hit to the eyes has been known to cause temporary blindness. The extreme odor can cause nausea and even vomiting, as well as watery eyes, and itching. It also causes people to avoid you, even your family. You can’t blame them though; it stinks!

Is skunk spray poisonous to dogs?

Skunk spray is not poisonous to dogs or humans. It can make your dog nauseous and cause them to hack and vomit, but it will not kill them.

How far can skunks spray?

You don’t want to find out! Seriously though, skunks can easily spray 10 feet and have been known to spray up to 20 feet. Not only can they spray you from up to 20 feet away, they can do it with great accuracy. One good thing though; a skunk won’t spray you without warning, so you won’t get sprayed unknowingly by a skunk sneaking up on you.

How far away can you smell a skunk?

If a skunk is not threatened and hasn’t sprayed, it’s possible you might not even notice the odor until it gets very close. You’ll often smell a skunk if it’s within 20 feet of you, the same distance at which you’re in danger of getting sprayed. The skunk spray is so powerful though that it’s possible to smell a skunk spray up to a mile to a mile and a half away, and even farther on a windy day.

How long does it take for a skunk smell to go away?

The length that a skunk spray will linger can vary and depend on other factors. If you or your dog gets sprayed, the sooner you can wash it off the better. If left untreated, it’s possible the skunk smell can remain 2-4 months. Don’t wait to clean and don’t let your dog (or you) run around the house getting the smell on things.

If the spray is in a very concentrated or contained area, it can last longer. People who have had a skunk spray the wood on their house have said it can linger for years. Skunk smell can be eliminated very quickly under the right circumstances if you act quickly. That’s why if you have a dog, it’s a good idea to keep skunk spray removal items in your house at the ready for when you need them.

How do you get rid of skunk spray on a dog?

For many years, people have repeated the myth that tomato paste can get rid of skunk smell on a dog. It doesn’t really work though.

The best way to get rid of skunk smell on your dog is to wash immediately with a mixture of 3%  hydrogen peroxide, a ¼ cup of baking soda, and a teaspoon of Dawn liquid dish soap.

Home remedy to remove skunk smell from dogs

Keep those ingredients on hand for when you need them. Time is important if you want to get rid of that skunk smell and not have it linger for months. Don’t mix it together ahead of time though, because the chemical nature of the mixture will not last and it will be ineffective.

Related: What to do when your dog gets skunked


For professional skunk removal services in the Chicago suburban area, contact Attic Solutions for humane removal of skunks and other pests.

Contact us online or call 847-464-1861 


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How to Keep Squirrels From Eating Flower Bulbs

How to keep squirrels from eating flower bulbs

Tulip flowers in springOne of the annual fall traditions at our house is planting new flower bulbs every fall. It’s one of our activities on our fall to-do list for getting the yard ready for winter. We rake the leaves, we unplug and drain the hoses, clean up the property and plant bulbs to enjoy in the spring.

Everyone loves seeing those spring flowers pop up after a long winter. But before it gets to that point, they need to survive those darn squirrels in the fall.

The squirrels seem to think we’re hiding meals for them in our yard. They will happily dig up tulip bulbs and eat them or carry them away.

In this post, we list tips on how to keep those pesky squirrels from eating your flower bulbs.

Use chicken wire mesh

Chicken wire to keep squirrels awayOne of the most effective methods is to use wide wire mesh as a screen by burying your flower bulbs below it. You can use chicken wire from the hardware store, lay it directly on top of your flower bed, and extend the edges away from your plantings and then stake it down. You can place another layer of much over the mesh so it’s not visible.

This will prevent squirrels from digging through down to where your bulbs are. By using a wide mesh, there will still be room for the flower shoots to grow through the openings. Some people choose to pull the mesh up in the spring. It should work either way.

Related: What animal is digging in my garden?

Plant bulbs deep enough and clean up debris

Make sure you aren’t leaving your bulbs too close to the surface where they are easier to find. Plant your tulip bulbs three times deeper than the height of the bulbs. When you are done planting your bulbs, clean up all debris, especially bulb husks and bad bulbs. Flower bulb debris attracts squirrels who may start sniffing and digging out the bulbs you just planted.

Add layer of sharp gravel

When you are planting bulbs, add a layer of sharp edge gravel or grit around and above them when planting. You can find it in home improvement stores because it is often used to provide drainage under patio pavers. Most squirrels and chipmunks do not like to dig through sharp debris and it will deter them going after your flower bulbs.

Use squirrel repellents

People report varying levels of success using natural repellents to deter squirrels. Many of them will need to be reapplied regularly because they will wear away naturally, especially with rain. A natural repellent that some people use is red pepper flakes and cayenne pepper.

Related: Deterrents for chipmunks and ground squirrels

Set up a squirrel feeding station

Some gardeners have had luck with offering an alternative food source to squirrels. The idea is that you set up a feeding station for them in a part of your yard far away from your bulbs so that it attracts the squirrels to there. It has worked for some people but others say all it did was attract more squirrels.

Related: How to get rid of squirrels

Plant bulbs squirrels don’t eat

Squirrels love tulip bulbs but they will leave daffodil bulbs alone. It might be easier for you to just plant bulbs that squirrels don’t want to eat.

Flower bulbs squirrels don’t like

  • Hyacinths flowersDaffodils
  • Hyacinth
  • Alliums
  • Scilla
  • Squill
  • Muscari (grape hyacinth)
  • Fritillaria
  • Snowflakes
  • Snowdrops
  • Fritillaries
  • Siberian Iris

We hope these tips can help protect your spring flowers!

If you need professional animal removal services in the Chicagoland area, please contact us online or call (847) 464-1861.

We can remove squirrels that have moved into your attic. Besides causing damage and creating messes, squirrels cause thousands of fires every year by choosing wires.

Benefits of Bats

Benefits of Bats

Bats don’t always have a good reputation. We can understand why. They’re usually not cute or cuddly. The biggest concern is that bats can have rabies and other diseases.

They can enter into homes where they are certainly not wanted. We do a lot of bat removal services throughout Chicagoland, usually in attics, sometimes in walls and other places.

Bats do have a lot of benefits to humans and the environment. Let’s review some of the reasons you shouldn’t be afraid of bats and should even support them. (Just not in your house)

But first of all…

Do bats bite people?

Vampire Bat Movie PosterBats can bite people, however, they are not aggressive animals and will almost never bite a human unprovoked. Almost 100% of people who are bitten by bats get bit because they picked up or tried to touch a sick or injured bat. Don’t attempt to pick up a bat!

Like many wild animals, bats will stay away from people when possible and have no interest in interacting with humans.

Bats also do not get stuck in people’s hair, despite what you may have seen in TV and movies. It makes for a funny visual but in real life, a bat will never fly close enough to you to get in your hair.

Related: How to get bats out of the house

Benefits of Bats

  • Insect control
  • Pollination
  • Seed dispersal
  • Bat guano used as fertilizer
  • Food source for predators
  • Support balanced ecosystems

Related: Why attic restoration and cleanup is important

Insect control – Bats are outdoors every evening feeding on thousands of bugs. Bats can eat a thousand insects or more in a single hour. They eat nuisance insects such as mosquitos and also many insects that destroy farmers crops and your own backyard garden.

Pollination – Over 300 species of fruit depend on bats for pollination. Illinois bats may not be fruit pollinators but they may pollinate fruit from some of the trees you eat.

Seed dispersal – Especially in parts of the world with rain forests, bats are critical for dispersing seeds across the forest and its outskirts.

Fertilizer – Bat guano (feces) has been used as a fertilizer for centuries and is very rich in nutrients.

Food source – Hawks, owls, and falcons all feed on bats as a food source.

Ecosystems – Besides keeping insects in check above ground, many insects, fish and other creatures that live only in caves depend on bat guano as a source of nutrients.

To have a professional remove bats or any unwanted animal from your home or business, call tel:847-464-1861 


Related bat benefit resources:

The Vampire Bat (movie) – Wikipedia
Top 5 Benefits of Bats – Birds and Blooms
Benefits of Bats – National Park Service
Bats and Bat Exlusion – Illinois Dept of Public Health
What You Thought You Knew About Bats is Probably Wrong – BatWorld
How to Use Bat Guano as Fertilzer – Gardening Know How


 

The Golden Book of Wild Animal Pets

The Golden Book of Wild Animal Pets

Back in 1959, the famous “Little Golden Books” series released a book titled The Golden Book of Wild Animal Pets by Roy Pinney.

The premise of this book was that it taught children how to capture wild animals such as turtles, snakes, owls, chipmunks, raccoons, and others in the wilderness and care for them at home as pets.

Times have changed, haven’t they?

Can you imagine a parent telling their child they could keep a wild raccoon as a pet nowadays? Today we get calls to have raccoons removed from homes and attics not to bring them home as pets.

Raccoons can carry rabies, distemper and other diseases. So can their feces. They are wild animals and shouldn’t be kept as pets. In fact, it is illegal to keep

Pets from Wood, Field and StreamNot only does keeping a wild animal as a pet place you in danger of diseases, it is illegal to keep wild animals as pets in Illinois and many other states.

In the simpler times of the 1950s and 60s though, a parent might buy a child a book and encourage them to go outside and catch a new pet.

Did that really happen? Absolutely, says Steven Mintz of the University of Texas at Austin and the author of Huck’s Raft, the authoritative history of American childhood. “There truly was a sense that childhood needed to be a period of freedom, of group bonding, of risk-taking,” he says, “and it had to be spent out of doors as much as possible.”

One reviewer of the book online even said that this book “started (his father) along his path into (becoming) a wildlife biologist.”

A lot of us today would say that kids probably do need to be outside playing more often, getting dirty and making their own imaginary adventures.

Just as long as they don’t bring home any skunks as pet.

 

If you need professional humane animal removal services in the suburban Chicago region, please contact us online or call (847) 464-1861.


This post inspired by Kids, Go Catch a Raccoon, by Ben James for The Atlantic | Cover image from Dogear Diary Blog and used for purpose of criticism, comment, news reporting.


 

Do Raccoons Attack Humans, Cats and Dogs?

Do raccoons attack humans, cats and dogs?

Some people think of raccoons as being cute little precocious animals. Others mistakenly think that maybe they’re even cuddly.

The truth is, they are wild animals, not domesticated. They don’t make good pets and like all animals in the wild, they should be left alone in the wild. Sure there may be cute videos on the internet of raccoons sweeping the floor, that doesn’t mean you should approach a raccoon.

For those of us without illusions of their cuteness, we may still wonder: Do raccoons attack humans? Will they attack my dog or cat?

Related: Raccoon Behavior FAQ – What Can Raccoons Do?

Do raccoons attack humans?

Generally, raccoons will not attack humans, but occasionally they will. Most often they will hiss, turn away and run from humans. That does not mean they won’t attack humans though. Raccoons have been known to attack people if they feel threatened, and most worryingly, if they are rabid.

Related: Rabid animals in Illinois warning

Raccoons should be treated like all wild animals: with extreme caution.

It’s not hard to find videos of people being attacked by raccoons on YouTube.

Why do raccoons attack?

A raccoon is most likely to attack you for two reasons: because it is cornered and feels threatened, or because it is aggressive from a disease.

You should never approach a wild raccoon and you should never make a raccoon feel like it is cornered.

Related: Signs a Raccoon is Rabid

While a raccoon normally won’t attack a person, they may hiss, grunt or charge at you if they feel threatened or cornered. In most cases, they will only be trying to scare you off so you’ll leave them alone. They will often back off from you on their own.

If you have been scratched or bitten by a raccoon you should immediately see a doctor. Aggressive raccoons are much more likely to have rabies.

Related: Suburban Raccoon Populations Are Growing and Getting Smarter

Aggressive RaccoonDo raccoons attack dogs?

Much like with humans, raccoons will not usually attack dogs, but they have been known to and they are a risk to your dog. Usually, a raccoon will simply flee from your dog and other large animals, but they have been known to attack dogs. They may attack a pet for the same reason they attack a human: because they are cornered or because they are rabid.

Unlike a human though, a raccoon can do a lot more serious physical damage to a dog. This is dangerous for dogs because sometimes they may pursue the raccoon and corner them, making a physical confrontation much more likely. A dog’s instincts may cause them to confront a raccoon. A raccoon can even kill a small dog and they can easily pass rabies to your dog.

If your dog has a confrontation with a raccoon, you should immediately take it to see a veterinarian.

Do raccoons attack cats?

A raccoon will usually not attack a cat, which is good because an adult raccoon could easily kill a cat if it wanted to. However, a raccoon is likely to leave your cat alone and a cat is very unlikely to provoke a confrontation with one. Unlike dogs, cats will usually stay away from raccoons and are unlikely to approach, corner or become aggressive with one.

A raccoon attacking a cat is possible though. Raccoons love to eat pet food and if a particularly stubborn cat doesn’t let a raccoon eat from its food bowl, a confrontation is possible.

Attacks are much more possible with a rabid raccoon. If your raccoon has an altercation with a raccoon, you should take it to see your veterinarian right away.

How to prevent raccoon attacks

  • Never corner a raccoon
  • Never approach baby raccoons
  • Secure your trash cans
  • Don’t leave dog and cat food outdoors
  • Clean vegetables off the ground in your garden
  • Use caution when letting pets into yard after dusk

Stay away from wild raccoons at all times and don’t make your property attractive to raccoons. An aggressive raccoon is likely to be rabid so always see immediate medical attention if you or your pets have come in contact with one.

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Growling raccoon photo by Alan Vernon licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.