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What are signs that I could have a raccoon living in my house?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
You could have a raccoon living in your house if you heargnawing or scratching noises, find fecal matter slightly bigger than a cat’s, or find shedding.

When raccoon feces dry, particles carrying diseases like raccoon roundworm become airborne and can damage your central nervous system.  Raccoons also carry rabies, a virus spread via scratches or bites. Rabies infects the central nervous system, diseasing the brain and sometimes causing death. Early symptoms include fever, headache, and weakness.

Exterminators use special traps baited with cat food to capture raccoons.

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