People who live in the suburbs surely have had encounters with this representative of the small furry mammals. They are very persistent little creatures and once they find an interest in your house, it can be very hard to get rid of them.
They aren't dangerous. Usually they are scared of people, but like every wild animal, they will attack if you corner them. And a bite might be very dangerous, as they are carriers of all kinds of diseases, including rabies.
So, how do you get rid of them?
One thing you must know is that raccoons enter your lawn when they see food on it. This includes the garbage bin. So, they come, they make a mess and they leave. Remind you of someone you know? Lots of people have such a person in their lives. (Me they remind of my university roommate)
So, knowing this part of their character, the first thing you should do is make sure there is no spilled food on your lawn. If you have trees, gather all fallen fruits from the lawn, if there are any.
If you have pets, don't leave bowls of food and water outside. Cat and dog food has strong odor and will surely attract your unwanted guest.
Put a lock on your garbage bin. Don't be surprised, but raccoons can actually take off the lid of your garbage bin. Their front paws have thumbs, unlike most mammals and they can use them well. So make sure your garbage is secure.
After all garbage all over your lawn is the first prove that you have such a problem.
Seal every hole and crevice you find in the outer side of your walls. A raccoon will most likely find shelter between your walls. If it does, it can even enter your attic and make a mess there as well.
A foolish thing to do is feed them. As cute and fluffy as they look in the beginning, you will hate yourself later. Raccoons are creatures of habit and will probably never leave you alone if you give them more reasons to come.
A good thing to do is to install sprinkles on your lawn. It can deter them away.
Also you can find various repellants, with smells they find unpleasant and keeps them away from your house.
Pest Control London advises, when having raccoon problem to consult with an animal control specialist. You might be fined if you decide to take care of them on your own and result in potential harm for the raccoon.
It's best to explain your problem to your local wildlife department and let them handle the situation in a humane way.