Winter is an important time for raccoons. They generally mate during this season and give birth in the late spring/early summer. How does this concern people who own or are considering buying a deck? Well, one of a raccoon’s favorite habitats in under your deck. (This is their second choice after the attic.) All they need is shelter from predators and harsh weather as well as a food supply and they are more than happy to seek a home on private property. If you’ve seen or suspect that raccoons have been taking up residence under your deck, you might be wondering if there are ways to get rid of them without causing them harm. Here are some steps you can take to prevent them from making the space beneath your home one of their stomping grounds.