Entry Points Raccoons can get inside kitchens by crawling through open doors, windows, or pet flaps. They can also enter through cracks or holes in walls, floors, and attics. Additionally, the pests are capable of manipulating levers, latches, and knobs with their nimble hands and can gain access to cupboards, drawers, and trash cans with ease. Why Raccoons Break into Kitchens As opportunistic omnivores, raccoons will take advantage of almost any readily available food source, from berries and nuts to cat food and garbage. Kitchens, filled with food as they are, make tempting feeding sites for hungry raccoons. Using their human-like hands and sharp teeth, the pests can tear open packaged foods, pull open cabinets, and scale pantry shelves to get whatever looks tasty. Damage Once infestations of raccoons in the kitchen have been established, the pests are capable of causing costly and widespread damage. They tear open packages, contaminate houses with dangerous diseases, and scratch walls, cabinets, and appliances. Their droppings often carry raccoon roundworm, a parasite that is deadly to humans. If raccoons are comfortable enough with human presence to invade kitchens, there's a strong change the pests will act aggressively toward home residents when approached. Prevention & Removal Homeowners should never attempt to confront wild raccoons. Doing so may result in scratches or bites that can then lead to the development of rabies. Instead, call the animal removal specialists at Critter Control to get rid of raccoons in kitchens. Our wildlife specialists remove unwanted raccoons in the most humane and effective way possible.