Raccoons are known for a behavior that may appear to be washing their food, but it’s not entirely about cleanliness. They don’t wash their paws as much as they are using their unique behavior to increase the receptiveness of the nerve endings in their paws. Raccoons have highly sensitive paws, and wetting their food or their paws serves to enhance their tactile perception. This heightened sensitivity in their paws allows them to better explore and understand the texture, temperature, and quality of the food they’re about to eat.
This behavior can be particularly useful for raccoons as they are omnivores and have a diverse diet, including both plant and animal matter. By “washing” their food, they are essentially gathering more information about what they’re about to consume.
Homeowners in Collierville, Tennessee, might find it surprising that raccoons often poop in swimming pools. However, this behavior is not related to them hiding their scent from predators. Instead, raccoons use water sources, like swimming pools, for cleaning purposes.
Raccoons have a habit of dunking their food in water before eating it. They have highly sensitive paws and this behavior helps them enhance their tactile perception of the food. When they come across your swimming pool, they may mistake it for a suitable spot to “wash” their food. This behavior isn’t about hiding their scent from predators but rather about cleaning and softening their food.
Homeowners in Collierville, Tennessee, should be aware that raccoons can introduce several health risks to your swimming pool. When raccoons enter your pool, they can leave behind feces, urine, and other contaminants, which can contain a variety of diseases and parasites. Raccoon feces can carry harmful pathogens such as leptospirosis and roundworm, which create health risks if they come into contact with your skin or if you accidentally ingest pool water contaminated by raccoon waste.
Raccoons might host external parasites like fleas and ticks, which can be transferred to your pool water. Swimming in water contaminated by raccoon waste or coming into contact with these parasites can lead to skin irritations and more severe health issues.
It may seem like Collierville TN has raccoons everywhere, but they just don’t belong in your swimming pool!
If you have had enough of these adorable but destructive little rascals pooping in your pool, then call Apex Wildlife Control today for a FREE quote on trapping those raccoons!
And if raccoons have invaded your home, we will inspect your home and give you a detailed report along with photos of where the raccoons are coming in, along with our recommendations for sealing up any entry points, plus humanely trapping and relocating raccoons back to the woods where they belong.
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