Can a raccoon shut down a power plant?
Most people love spotting raccoons in the wild. After all, they are so cute and appear to be harmless to the average person. But if you own a business, raccoon control can become a serious problem, especially when failing to address the problem can cause damage to equipment, and yes, even interrupt electrical service to your home or business!
Raccoons often chose warehouses and industrial sites over residential neighborhoods as they are usually in somewhat less populated areas and are sometimes near forests or protected areas. And unfortunately, all too often raccoons find themselves stuck in machinery or even electrocuted when trying to find a quiet place to nest inside an industrial facility such as a power plant.
Raccoons in Louisiana
Fortunately for most nature lovers, raccoons are very common critters in Louisiana. Raccoons seek out our warm climate, close proximity to water and have even become accustomed to living in the shadows of humans.
One of the reasons they thrive, especially in Louisiana, is that raccoons have learned to adapt our habitat to suit their needs. For example, raccoons are commonly found living underneath houses in the space under raised houses or in large docking warehouses – of which there are many in south Louisiana. Anywhere sheltered, close to a food source (which could be something as simple as an opened trash can) and reasonably quiet (though not essential) will suit a raccoon perfectly. Warehouses, industrial sites and places of work are especially susceptible due to the limited hours of human contact.
The Importance of Pest Control in Industrial Situations
It is vital that companies with plants, factories and warehouses take the necessary precautions to prevent damages from raccoons, pests and other nuisance wildlife from occurring for humane reasons, as well as to prevent the interruption of business. With the assistance of a pest control company such as Dial One Franklynn Pest, businesses can put a trapping program in place which will catch pests like raccoons before they cause a problem so they can be safely and humanely relocated to a safe environment.
We recommend that business and plant managers make a commitment to assessing and preventing the risk of an animal damaging your invaluable industrial equipment and operations. A few pieces of advice we can offer include:
- Secure the parameter to your property to ensure wildlife stays outside.
- Set up regular maintenance schedules to check for signs of raccoons in or around machinery.
- If you find signs of wildlife inside, call Dial One Pest control to eliminate the problem immediately.
- Never attempt to catch or trap wildlife on your own.
Should you, or one of your staff, find yourself confronting a raccoon face to face, please remove yourself from the area and call a professional. While raccoons may appear small and furry, they have been known to bite humans and carry a range of diseases including the rabies virus. If you are bitten by a raccoon, please seek medical aid immediately; otherwise, call one of our fully equipped members of staff to remove the raccoon safely for you.