Holes in Yard

There are holes in our yard size of a quarter (5) and maybe one size of a 50 cent piece (1). What are they from and if they are living animals there, what do I do to get rid of them? Concrete city girl living in the suburbs.

By Barbara C

June 13, 20110 found this helpful

They sound like skunk holes, they will dig little, round holes to find grubs in the lawn to eat. This is not a bad thing! What it means to you, is a.) if you have a dog, don't let it out unattended at night; b.) if you go out after dark, just use a flashlight so you don't have a close encounter. c.) you may have a lawn grub problem which your skunk is helping with. You will have to decide if you want to treat it or not. If your grass looks good, you probably don't want to use any poisons, when your little friend cleans it up, he will move on. If it starts to look bad, ask around for the least poisonous product to use.

You should not see your skunk during the day, unless you do catch a glimpse of it in the early evening. If you do see it wandering around by day, you may want to call animal control to be sure it is not rabid.

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June 14, 20110 found this helpful

Depends on whether they are holes that continue down into the ground of if they are just shallow dug holes that have a bottom. Dug with bottom=squirrels? bottomless=voles? We have a problem with voles and their holes are the size you describe, but in addition to the holes there are underground trails that you can follow, some barely under surface and almost break through, other are deeper and you lose sight of them, all make the ground "mushy" underfoot.

For your sake, I hope the holes are not attached to tunnels. They are almost impossible to get rid of the pests that create these.

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June 14, 20110 found this helpful

And don't rule out snakes. I'm not sure where you live. We live in Texas and right now they are digging, trying to find a cool spot to lay.

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June 21, 20110 found this helpful

It may be moles or voles. Is there any tunneling in your yard? When you are walking in the grass do you feel soft spots? If so, take a look and see if there are tunnels. You can see them where the ground is raised in curved lines. If so, you have moles or voles. They won't hurt you. They are good for the grass and will keep your lawn aerated and healthy. They eat grubs which are bad for your lawn. They are hard to get rid of so might as well live with them. You will probably never seem them as they are nocturnal animals. You could also have chipmunks. They are ok too.

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