Never, ever get near the nest, Williams warns. “Mother raccoons are extremely protective, and will attack you if you get between her and her young,” Williams says. “Depending on climate, raccoons typically give birth once a year and have babies between April and June. If a raccoon is inside the home (attic or crawlspace), do not enter that area without proper protective equipment, or call a professional to remove it.”
Separating a mother and her kits can lead to the babies starving and the mom causing more damage trying to return to her nest, according to Williams, so best to call in reinforcements.
“Raccoons are very powerful animals, so only seal up a home once you are certain that there are no more animals or babies inside the home," Williams says. "Raccoons also use scent marking behavior to mark territories. After an area is sealed, the interior should be cleaned, disinfected or sanitized, and deodorized to further discourage raccoons from trying to nest or harbor in the same areas again."