Raccoons can carry rabies but you would need to be bitten or scratched before getting it. However, they often DO carry canine distemper, and since this particular disease can live on surfaces for about 24 hours, make sure your dogs are vaccinated against it. As far as digging up your lawn, it is more likely skunks digging for grubs and worms. They are prodigious diggers. If you want to avoid most wildlife, don’t make your property a buffet for them. Cover your garbage cans, and don’t feed the cat outdoors. Domestic animals should be kept indoors, especially at night when most wildlife is roaming in search of food. Wildlife Rescue Volunteer – 23 years….and counting.