Raccoons have increased by 400% in the last 10 years. Because of the overpopulation oftentimes they seek shelter in chimneys, attics and under decks. Spring is the time they have their young and therefore are looking for the uncapped chimney. All homes should have chimney caps on all chimneys. Screening over vents should be checked and replaced if worn or torn. Garbage cans should be unavailable to these nocturnal bandits. Garage doors should be kept down after dark. Trees or shrubs that offer axis to the roof of your home should be trimmed or removed. Raccoons are omnivorous and will eat just about anything from bird seed to peanut butter sandwiches. They do not hibernate but if the weather is bad they may not be active.