BOARDMAN, Ohio (WKBN) – The behavior of some raccoons in the area have people concerned about their own pets. You’ve seen the photos circulating the national and international news — raccoons on their hind legs, teeth bared.
Humans and cats can’t get it, but your dog might be at risk. It can spread through the air and by direct or indirect contact with an infected animal.
Dogs join a list of several animals that can be infected, including foxes, wolves, skunks, coyotes and yes — raccoons.
Symptoms include high fever, discharge from the nose and eyes, loss of appetite and sluggishness. When it gets bad enough, your dog could suffer from diarrhea and vomiting. At that point, your pet is very sick.
The Hawaii Department of Health has been conducting detailed investigations of two additional cases of angiostrongyliasis, or rat lungworm disease, contracted in the state.
The two cases are unrelated and were confirmed by laboratory tests conducted by the DOH State Laboratories Division in March. This brings the statewide total of confirmed cases of the disease to three individuals to date in 2018.
Opossums get a really bad wrap. If it isn’t bad enough that their tails look like they belong on an oversized rat… they sometimes drool and play dead. Opossums are nearly harmless fellows… and their only defense is to look horrid in an attempt to scare you away! So, opossums are getting a bad bio for a lot of reasons. However, they DO actually have redeeming qualities and I would like to share a few of them with you. If you have an opossum that has gotten into your house, please don’t try to catch it on your own. You need a professional to come and capture the animal and remove it from your Sarasota, or Lakewood Ranch location.
Almost ALL wild animals can carry rabies — however for the Opossum, it is extremely- rare. Why is that? Because their body temperature is too low for the rabies virus to live.
Opossums are like the sanitation department of the wild. They are omnivores, and often will consume things that other animals leave behind and will not eat. Having them around is kind of like having a clean up crew!
Did you know that opossums are immune to the venom from all snakes? A venomous snake can not hurt an opossum, it just doesn’t affect them! What this means is that possibly in the future, scientists will discover an antibody – or anti-venom that can be injected into humans!
The slow moving Opossums are an attractant to ticks…. So what you may say? Well, those ticks cling to the fur and make a tasty snack to their host later on. Opossums find them delicious eating thousands of them each season. With Lyme disease becoming more and more prevalent, having opossums around can actually be of benefit to humans. Opossums stay fastidiously clean, eating 95% of all the ticks off of their own bodies.
So, what do you think? Opossums are really not the “bad or the ugly guys” that many make them out to be!
If you’re reading this while seated on a toilet, we advise you to finish up before proceeding. We hate to break it to you, but snakes crawling up toilets is a real-life thing that happens outside of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
YOUNGSTOWN, OH (WKBN) – Youngstown police were busy this weekend fighting crime — and raccoons. Several scared homeowners called, saying the animals were in their yards, acting strangely. Police said it didn’t seem like rabies was the cause.
I just want to Thank Jeff and the Nuisance Wildlife team for the bat house, or as we like to call it, the bat condo. We have seen a few bats where we live in Deland and there are lots of mosquitoes for them to feast on since we live on a lake. I am so excited and can't hardly wait for them to take up residence in the bat condo. I will definitely send pictures once they have arrived and get settled in.
Thanks again Jeff for taking it to Joe @Aegis so he could bring it to us in Deland, Fl.
Christy and her team are wonderful! They have helped me with a lot of our clients and everyone loves them. Easy to communicate with and always follow up. Then are easy to schedule with as well! Highly recommended!
We always call Christy at Nuisance Wildlife Removal for our pest control needs. She is always prompt with a return phone call, offers valuable information and gives me a fair price. I also love supporting local and she is just that!