Raccoons and Rabies: 5 Quick Tips for Keeping Your Family Safe

Raccoons, referred to as ‘trash pandas’ by some, may look cute, but when it comes to rabies, they can be risky business. In this quick guide, we’ll cover what you need to know to keep your family and pets safe. 

What Is Rabies?

Rabies is a viral disease that affects the nervous system of mammals. Raccoons are surprisingly common carriers of the rabies virus, making them a critical focus of rabies prevention efforts. Rabies in raccoons is not a rare occurrence, and understanding its prevalence is essential.

Spotting Rabies in Raccoons

Knowing how to identify rabies in raccoons is crucial for your safety. If you encounter a raccoon displaying these behaviors, it’s crucial to keep your distance and report it to local authorities immediately.

Signs of a rabid raccoon:

  • Erratic or aggressive behavior.
  • Disorientation and stumbling.
  • Foaming at the mouth.

What to do if you encounter one:

  • Keep a safe distance.
  • Report the sighting to local authorities immediately.

Dangers posed by rabid raccoons:

  • Transmission through bites and scratches.
  • Potential fatality if not treated promptly


Preventing encounters with raccoons is the best way to reduce the risk of rabies transmission.

Prevention and Safety Measures:

  • Secure trash cans.
  • Seal off entry points to your home.
  • Regularly vaccinate your pets against rabies.
  • Remove potential food sources from your property.
  • Do not feed the raccoons.

Terminix Wildlife Control Services

Stay vigilant against raccoons and rabies with these quick tips. By understanding the risks, recognizing the signs of rabies, and taking preventive measures, you can protect your family and pets from this potentially deadly disease.

And when you need expert help, trust Terminix Wildlife Control to keep your family and pets safe. Contact us for more information on how the professionals at Terminix can help you secure your home from raccoons.