What to Do if You’ve Been Bitten by a Squirrel

Squirrels are common in urban, suburban and rural areas, populating back yards and parks and providing hours of entertainment for onlookers. While they may seem adorable and even friendly they are not harmless and should not be approached by humans. Squirrels can bite if they are frightened or feel cornered. Feeding squirrels can be dangerous as well; most squirrel bites occur when humans are attempting to share food with them. If you are determined to offer a snack, drop it on the ground or leave it on a bench. Do not attempt to lure a squirrel into feeding from your hand.

If you have been the victim of a squirrel bite, it is important that you care for the wound immediately. The first concern most people have is rabies. Squirrels do not carry rabies, so if the bite is minor and barely breaks the skin, it can be treated as a minor wound. Wash the area thoroughly with soap and water. Do not use alcohol or hydrogen peroxide on a wound as it can inhibit the healing process. Next apply an antibiotic cream or spray then cover the bite with a clean, dry bandage. Apply pressure if the wound continues to bleed. If the bleeding continues for more than fifteen minutes the victim should see a medical professional.

If the skin is badly torn, bleeding excessively or induces deep punctures you may need to see a doctor. Again, cleanse the wound with soap and water then apply pressure with a clean, dry cloth until you are able to reach a medical professional. Ragged wounds may require stitches and special care against infection.

Although squirrels do not carry rabies, you will still need to watch for signs of infection in even the smallest bites. If you notice any redness, swelling, oozing, or increased pain, see your doctor immediately to discuss the possible need for antibiotic treatment. Warmth or red streaks at the site of the injury can also indicate infection and should be brought to the attention of a medical professional.

Tetanus is another concern. Tetanus is a serious bacterial infection that can damage the nervous system if not treated immediately. If it has been more than five years since your most recent tetanus booster, and if the animal bite has created a deep puncture or the wound is particularly dirty, you should receive a tetanus booster shot as soon as possible following the bite.

While squirrels are small and may see friendly they are not harmless and are best enjoyed from afar. A squirrel bite can lead to infection if not treated appropriately and immediately. To learn more about squirrel control in Raleigh, please visit this website.

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A Nocturnal Nuisance

1A raccoon in your home presents more than just health issues. This daytime snoozer will be wide awake at night—and so will you!

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Are Bed Bugs Real?

Everyone has heard the saying, “Sleep tight—don’t let the bed bugs bite.” This poetic wisdom is often regarded as silly due to the assumption that the insect in question sounds to be made up. However, the fact is that bed bugs are quite real and very common in many households throughout the world. If you have been waking up with small, itchy spots in the morning, your problem may not be mosquitoes after all.

What Are Bed Bugs?

Difficult to detect because of their size and reclusive nature, bed bugs are small, brown insects with bodies that resemble flattened apple seeds. They feed on the blood of a host, after which time they become engorged and reddish in color. Bed bugs can move quickly but are not capable of flying and they do not spread disease, making them a lesser concern versus mosquitoes.

Where Do They Come From?

Subsisting on blood exclusively, bed bugs do not thrive in or come from dirt or dirty environments. They can enter your home just as any other insect might, or more likely through clothing or upholstery that has previously come into contact elsewhere before being moved to a new location. They may spread to adjacent apartments in tenant buildings as well.

How to Get Rid of Them

Start by washing and drying your bed linens on high temperatures and scrubbing the seams of your mattresses with a sturdy brush to kill bugs and their eggs. Vacuum the bedroom area frequently and immediately remove the cleaner’s bag to be disposed of outside when finished. It may be necessary to encase a mattress or box spring in a zipping cover to lock bugs in (or out) for long enough that the population dies off permanently.

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How to Survive Vacation Season Without Bed Bugs

Vacation season is quickly approaching, and the North Carolina Pest Management Association (NCPMA) urges North Carolinians to be vigilant in preventing the spread of bed bugs while on vacation and at summer camps… read more

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