What kind of creature is digging holes in my back lawn? There are about
an inch and a half round and an inch or two deep. I have seen nothing
out there. Nocturnal creature? If anyone can identify it and supply a
remedy would be nice.
If they dig they are not looking for one, they found one. They can smell
them from the surface. Although the holes are severely not desired, the
skunk is really doing you a favor by minimizing damage. The grubs will
destroy the grass ROOTS and eventually you will notice brown spots,
patches or entire areas. This needs to be replanted. With the skunk hole
you kind of kick the sod back in place and step on it. Rain will blend it
back in and the grass will spread back over naturally.
To eliminate the skunk digging you have to eliminate the food. There are
many of the grub control products out but the most effective is milky
spore. Totally natural and harmless to all but grubs. Spreads itself.
Lasts for a decade or more. Drawback is it takes a season to really start
spreading after application.
I got it from a farm supply store. May seem expensive but it's one
application only. Consider what's spent every year on grub control
products that sometimes even work.
Get more detail info on extension servive websites.
And yet another chemical in the environment with unknown (and often
untested) effects on humans!
So that maybe 25 years from now etc. some 'Researcher' from a well
known university or famous hospital will be reporting "XYZ percentage
of families in the ABC area of city number ten, report that at least
one member of their immediate family have symptoms of Alzheimer/
Parkinsons or other related neurological diseases possibly caused by
previous use of agricultural/garden/cosmetic chemicals. This
occurrence is ten times the average for the USA population as
There is always the law of unintended consequences. However, that is
where the cost-benefit analyses (plural) come in. But first, what are
we talking about? See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Milky_spore.
1. Milky spore is a bacterium that is specific for the grubs of one
insect species (as far as is known).
2. It will only help if the grubs are from this insect.
3. Because of the host restriction, it will not affect other insects, or
mammals, with very, very high likelihood.
You're talking purely out of your ass. Absolutely no research or
information before you mouth off about what you know nothing. Nothing
does more damage to a cause than an uneducated and inexperienced promoter
There is a lot of long term research on milky spore from many university
extension services (which I mentioned). Milky spore has stood the test of
time. The personal use I spoke of was in 1983. I don't know how long
before that it's been around. Probably forever since milky spore is a
naturally occurring host specific bacterium (ref:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Milky_spore per Han's posted link).
The key here is "natural" which you both promote and slam at the same
time. WTF? Maybe you think the bags Agent Orange shit from the Borg are
better because it's in pretty bags from chemical companies and has some
FDA listing. And, they have a wonderful freebie of creating a glow in the
Hi Red Green.
In this case I will have to defer to your obviously greater knowledge;
of 'Milky Spores'. And will admit to never having heard of it.
But concern (about all domestic chemicals) comes from the habits of
most of the North American population (including many who post here)
who seem to have an attitude of 'See any kind of bug/weed. Go to the
store, or agricultural supply house and ask the clerk for some kind of
Had a neighbour a short while ago readying to sell his house, spraying
what looked like a whole gallon (4 litres) of some anti-dandelion
stuff. Swearing all the time about another neighbour who wouldn't
control their weeds. And on a patch of so-called lawn no bigger than
350 sq. feet.
That property is some 250 feet from our old well; fortunately we now
have a municipal water supply. But where does all that unknown
chemical go? Downstream/underground into aquifers, rivers etc. to
perhaps eventually pollute oceans.
In other words the well that was once our primary water supply is now
(without extensive testing) probaly unsafe for consumption or even
An extreme example being, IMO, that DDT which was the wonder
insecticide of the 1940s and 1950s and now banned in many countries of
the world, is now in the flesh of some Arctic animals used for food
and also shows up in human brreast milk in some parts ofthe world.
So let's be careful.
My son has what he thinks may be carpenter ants, although uncommon
here, and is going to be very careful about what or if he uses any
He is 'No tree-hugger' as he refers some aspects of conservation/
ecology; but now he has his own home, but not yet any children he
seems considerably more conscientious!
Thanks for the Milky Spore info.
Well I give ya credit Stan. Right or "less right" I would have jumped my
shit back at me if I were you. Maybe I replied a "tad strong".
I'm no tree-hugger either and stand somewhere between that and
Yep. Have seen it naturally living in VT with farms near rivers. Animal
waste runs into the river, river dumps into Lake Champlain. They hint to
give farmers an additional impact tax. Politicians/state officials tend
to divert some of the money to pave roads...so cars can run on
them...dump some oil, trans fluid, brake fluid, antifreeze, etc...to
runoff into rivers and into Lake Champlain.
And on the unnatural side there was just a spot on the news about some
of the most polluted beaches. Ever been in the parking lots of Jones
Beach in NY? Can almost see the curvature of the Earth. All that crap
leaking from cars ends up in the water eventually. The people who cause
it end up on the short end because "contaminated water causes hundreds
of thousands of cases yearly of skin rash, pink eye and gastrointestinal
diseases, reports CBS News correspondent Kelly Wallace".
ref: http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2009/07/29/tech/main5195593.shtml .
The sea life takes a horrible beating.
The stuff leaking from cars leaks from them and makes its way to the
ocean regardless of where they are parked.
The solution is not restricting parking or banning an increase of
parking in locations that make this effect more visible by concentrating
it into a visible small hotspot. The solution is any or any combination
1. Motivating people to do with fewer cars.
2. Motivating people to maintain their cars better and fix leaks.
3. Motivating car manufacturers to make less-leak-prone cars, or
people to buy less-leaky ones.
4. Living with this should this actually be overblown.
Many of these get into opportunities for tax policy, which easily
translate into opportunities for tax increases or new taxes that get blown
on maintaining ability of governments to pay for their employees' health
insurance premiums inflating (like everyone else's health insurance
premiums) in cost at triple the "official inflation rate" (as measured by
the official Consumer Price Index).
- Don Klipstein ( firstname.lastname@example.org)
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