oh, oh. Am getting golfball sized holes in the yard. Mostly the grass,
and some in the potted plants. It doesn't look like tunnels, as far as
I can tell. There are more and more everyday. What is it? Voles,
gophers, or something and what are they looking for and what should I
Yes, it's a good thing.
We have loads of cicadas where I live. I've seen the 17 year periodic
cicadas emerge twice now. The holes they make are about a half inch
in diameter and you can definetly tell its a tunnel, not a hole.
We have loads of skunks too, for all I know it could be skunks instead
of racoons digging my lawn. They don't always smell, usually something
has to mess with them.
I agree, I should have mentioned that geographic region is important.
I'm in central NJ and I had a bunch of holes in my lawn this year but
slightly smaller than a golf ball. None of them went more than 4
inches deep. This is periodic Cicada land and my guess is that the
holes were made by racoons looking for cicadas.
So, something like racoons or armadilos.
I had thought of that because we have them here in FL, too. I find
'dillo holes most mornings but I've never seen evidence of them in
potted plants or in my raised veggie beds. Clumsy little devils don't
climb too good. Do they get into potted plants?
Running on single malt in U.S.A.
She says "It doesn't look like tunnels, as far as I can tell." If not
tunnels then they must be depressions... if the ground is soft/muddy
and there are rug rats playing they could be making depressions with
toys, or even sticks. Animals don't make depressions other than paw
prints and those would be easily recognizable as such. Only thing
else I can think of is that squirrels were busy digging... they
sometimes dig net little holes to retrieve food that was buried
OMG when I first read "rug rats" I thought of real RATS and a variety
called rug rats. eeek. But, I now know you meant kids, or children,
and well, don't have any of those right now! No kids, no dog, no cat.
I do, however, have a fig tree that is dropping fruit faster than I
can pick it up off the ground. I am worried that is attracting
something like... real rug rats!
thanks for everyone's input...
Investigated a few holes yesterday, and I couldn't detect any tunnel
associated with them.
Then "something" digging shallow holes. A gopher will leave a very easily
identifiable mound. Most other tunneling animals will leave some type of
delta, as they have to move the dirt somewhere. About the only thing you
could use is one of those game cameras that take pictures of anything that
moves in the night.
Or get lucky and see what's doing it.
Golfball size holes, in my lawn anyway, are usually work of crawdads.
If left unchecked the holes can get bigger, much bigger. I push pine
cones into the holes, stem side down.
You may need some detective work to identify the cause. Get better
clues asking your neighbors (not sure where you live).
In my yard, when I get small dug-out holes in sod areas, it invariably
turns out to be skunks digging for grubs. I've not found a way to combat
them safely, they having chemical warfare capability on their side.
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