Raccoons are primarily active at night, or nocturnal. Usually mating in December or January in the south, females give birth to litters of 1-7 after a gestation of 60-73 days. The young stay with the mother for one year. Raccoons are crafty animals. Their human like front paws allow them to climb and manipulate objects very well. They can easily pry or tear through many types of building materials. They often nest in attics where they find a safe controlled environment to have their young. They are well known for raiding trashcans in the night. These animals are omnivorous, eating most any food that presents itself (including your trash).
Control Methods: Inspection to identify all possible entries, trapping and exclusion to prevent future problems.