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Animals that Carry Diseases in Maryland

Different animals in Maryland cause various diseases in humans. Bats, groundhogs, and racoons are among the animals that carry diseases in Maryland. Zoonotic diseases are those that can be transmitted to humans. Some zoonotic diseases can be fatal if not treated promptly. 

Prevention is better than cure. Therefore, it is best to keep these animals away from your residence.

Animals that Carry Diseases in Maryland



common spring pestsIn Maryland, bats are among the animals that carry diseases. Bats are reservoirs of many infectious agents such as bacteria, fungi, viruses, and parasites. Salmonellosis and Yersiniosis are the major diseases caused by bats; acquired through ingestion and contact with fecal materials. Symptoms of Salmonellosis and Yersiniosis include vomiting, abdominal cramps, and diarrhea. 

Bats also harbor a virus called the Australian bat lyssavirus (ABLV) that spreads to human beings through the saliva of the infected bat. Infection occurs when the saliva of the infected bat comes into contact with swollen human skin and mucous membrane through scratches and bites. The infection causes rabies in humans.


Groundhog FactsGroundhogs majorly feed on trees, legumes, grasses, and vegetables. They carry ticks and fleas on their bodies, passing diseases such as Powassan and Lyme to both pets and humans. They also carry rabies, a lethal disease to humans if not treated immediately. Groundhogs can also carry Tularemia which causes swollen lymph glands, difficulty in breathing, chest pain, and cough in humans. 

Additionally, groundhogs cause a lot of damage. They can burrow near foundations which may, in turn, compromise the structure’s structural integrity.


damageRaccoons also cause different types of diseases in Maryland. They cause a virus infection called the canine distemper. The disease has various signs and symptoms, including yellow discharge from the nose and eyes, seizures and neurological signs, diarrhea, and vomiting. In some cases, the disease leaves humans with recurrent episodes and persistent nervous and muscular cramps even after recovery. In addition, raccoons cause toxoplasmosis, which is a protozoan disease.


Control Strategies for Animals that Carry Diseases in Maryland


The best way to protect yourself from animals that cause diseases in Maryland is to prevent a pest invasion by sealing up all possible entry points. You should also keep your yard and porch clear of garbage and food as these can attract many species of animals, most notably raccoons.

If you’re already past this stage, you should aim to have the animals removed from your property as soon as you can. Several methods can be employed to remove pests, some of which are lethal. 

However, the best way to control a pest invasion is by humane animal removal. This is done by professionals. They capture the animals without harming or abusing them in any way and then relocate them accordingly. After capturing, they identify all possible points of entry and seal these pathways. That way, the problem is less likely to come about again.

Contact Shumaker’s Animal Control for Animal Removal Services


Regardless of your location in Maryland, we can help you eradicate and protect yourself from animals that carry diseases. Whatever the problem may be, our animal removal professionals will remedy the situation to ensure you’ve a safe habitable place. Contact us today at (443) 854-8072 to discuss your options.  

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