Are Raccoons Harmful to Humans? [Sarasota]

Is it dangerous to have raccoons living around your home or yard? [Sarasota, FL]

Are Raccoons Harmful to Humans? Sarasota, FL
A raccoon looking defensive.

Part I


There are several risks associated with raccoons. The following discusses the threat of disease that is present. However the other dangers are property damage, and attacks on your pets.

What are the contributing factors for diseases coming from raccoons?


One of the most concerning and serious facts about raccoons are the dangers of their droppings. Typically raccoons will select a particular area and designate it as a “latrine.” So many animals will be using the same area for this purpose. If they settle inside your home and have a latrine there… the droppings should be handled with severe caution. The waste could possibly have diseases being carried in them such as raccoon roundworm. When a raccoon has any roundworms, what happens is that the eggs are in the feces of the raccoon. They could be ingested or possibly they could be transmitted by air if they are inhaled. If at any point you should encounter raccoon droppings, you want to wear gloves as well as a face mask. It is unlikely that you will catch anything, however
remember if your pets encounter their waste, they could contract roundworms.

If your pet should become infected, your pet’s droppings will become dangerous as well exposing your family to the same health risks.


Another problem with raccoons is their urine. A bacteria that can be found there is called Leptospirosis. If the raccoon urine should come into contact with any open wound or is accidentally ingested, the disease may be caught. If it is treated, Leptospirosis can be cured. However if not, it can cause kidney failure, or even meningitis. This will deliver devastating consequences to the human body and could even be fatal.

A raccoon looking dangerous in Sarasota, FL
A raccoon on a mud flat.


In the United States the wild animals that carry rabies are bats, foxes, skunks and our animal of topic raccoons. Although an attack on humans from rabid raccoons is rare, you would certainly not want to risk this happening.

Preventative measures: Always bring your pet’s food in at night. If not, you may be inviting racoons to your property.

If you have any concerns about raccoons in your area, close to your home or in your yard, PLEASE do not hesitate to call us. We offer free inspections and are available 24/7. We catch and release every raccoon as long as it is not sick or wounded.

For more information and a FREE INSPECTION/ESTIMATE in Lakewood Ranch, Bradenton, Sarasota or surrounding areas, please Call 1-866-263-WILD or (941)729-2103. We are your expert for humane and technologically advanced raccoon trapping and removal. 


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