I was plagued by a bunch of racoons literally rolling up my lawn searching for grubs. I certainly would not want to hurt a racoon or any animal but just could not catch them in the act. I had a motion light installed which helped a bit but I thought I would share a tip given to me by the folks pruning my trees. Apparently racoons hate snakes so she recommended cutting up an old garden hose and leaving it in the areas they attack. I was considering buying some plastic snakes but thought kids in the area, the mailman, delivery folks, visitors, etc would not apreciate that, I wouldn't. So, I thought I would pass this hose idea along. I have not seen the damage lately, I guess they moved on to a lawn without snakes.