We have a problem with racoon's washing their food and defecating in our pool. I have tried the stuff you get at home depot and it works for about a day and then they still come anyway. It is becoming a nightmare and the population seems to be getting larger. I called a trapper and they cannot do anything since they claim its illegal to trap and release them. He also said that if you do not take them at least 5-7 miles away, they will find their way back. He recommends catching them, shooting them and burying them. He said that because they are social creatures, if you get one or two it will deter the others from coming.
I really don't even want to think about following his recommendation. My kids would never understand and I don't think I would solve anything by doing this since it will be a never ending battle.
Does anyone know of a more humane way to keep them away? One thing that may have brought on the population increase was that they removed all of the small gators (under 6') from our lakes. So now they have no preditor unless otters eat racoons.