Raccoons in the attic, garage, or strange noises in your chimney? Raccoons living under your home? Those scurrying sounds in the attic, crawlspace and noises in a chimney may well be a raccoon. Call your local Critter Control office today at 1-515-505-8963 for effective raccoon removal and exclusion services.

Identifying a Raccoon Problem

A rather common animal in Iowa, it is safe to say that most have encountered or witnessed a raccoon at some point. Raccoons are considered pests due to their foraging and nesting habits. These nocturnal creatures are also known for their distinct features, and common misconception of being carriers of rabies.  These omnivores live in a wide range of habitats including rural, urban, and suburban, making Des Moines another ideal location. 

Appearance & Habitat

Raccoons are easily identified thanks to their unique coloration and qualities.

  • Between 7-30 pounds depending on habitat 
  • Black encircles their eyes and extends across their cheeks, similar in appearance to classic burglar masks 
  • Up to 3 feet in length
  • Generally, they have gray fur with hints of brown
  • Their tails display alternating rings of white and black

Raccoons are occasionally compared to canines and bears, most likely because all three animals' snouts, omnivorous teeth, and body proportions appear similar. 

Raccoons are very common throughout the United States and increasingly so. Des Moines and its surrounding areas are no exception. Raccoons have adapted over time from being primarily forest dwellers, to being commonly seen in urban areas and large cities. Raccoons can survive in a vast array of habitats and though their favorite nesting locations include forests, marshes, and prairies, Des Moines is a perfect fit for raccoons.


Raccoons may enter homes in search of food and shelter if resources are scarce. However, male and female raccoons enter homes for different reasons. Males rarely invade human habitations and will only do so again if natural food sources are scarce. Females often enter homes, attics, chimneys, and crawl spaces when they are pregnant with young and are in search of sufficient shelter for their coming offspring. Raccoons have been known to open doors and gain access to pantries and other secured goods like stored pet foods. 


As omnivores, the animals will eat most anything, including vegetation found in gardens and on farmland. The nocturnal mammals also contribute to landscape destruction, property damages, and structural damage, as they are adept diggers. Furthermore, raccoons contaminate homes with their excrement and urine and are carriers of disease. They infamously target unsecured garbage receptacles and leave behind unsanitary messes. Raccoons occasionally attack livestock, such as poultry, and common house pets, like dogs and cats, as well.

Raccoon Control

Control and Safety

Property owners should employ simple methods of control, like securing trash bins with fitted lids and attaching latches that lock the lids in place. Raccoons normally flee upon approach, but in the case of rabid individuals, they will display fearlessness regarding humans. Infected raccoons may also foam at the mouth and move about erratically while baring their teeth. However, not all infected individuals act strangely, so people must always use extreme caution around these animals. The only way to stay completely safe from raccoons is to enlist the help of our certified professional removal teams.

Trapping and Removal

At Critter Control of Des Moines, our specialists are experts at raccoon removal. We utilize the most advanced technologies and tools, our team is happy to help with any wildlife control issues you may have in your home, or on your property. 

We can help you get rid of raccoon problems! Call the Critter Control of Des Moines today! 515.505.8963

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