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Old 11-12-2010, 07:40 PM
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What in the heck made these holes in my lawn?

I woke up one morning a few days ago with these holes ALL OVER my lawn! They don't go very deep, basically just below the lawn, no deeper to speak of. There is no pile of stuff next to the hole. I have a pretty active "vole" in the lawn that has given me fits. But his holes just look like regular gopher holes. I have a couple of cats, I know of no stray dogs in the neighborhood. In all my 51 years I have never seen anything like this. Any ideas?

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Old 11-12-2010, 07:42 PM
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Holes in the lawn

Look like little teeny crop circles?
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Old 11-12-2010, 09:41 PM
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Ailiens no doubt. If they come and get you be sure to ask if you can check out their motor and trans.
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Old 11-13-2010, 01:16 AM
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"Crop Circles"

Actually there is a li'l critter called the sod webworm - it is the larvae of the Crane fly - might be the cause? (Crane flies look a lot like a cross between a mosquito and a dragonfly - a bit smaller than a dragonfly, but have that nearly transparent look about them like a skeeter.) (and no, so far as I know they don't bite people) Have you seen anything like that around your place Brian??

Sod webworms leave bald patches a bit like that, by eating/undercutting grass roots. But so far as I know they don't suddenly leave a hole in the lawn - just dead patches.

If it is not them, its got me stumped, too!
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Looks like a hungry critter digging for grubs. Anyone lose a raccoon?
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Several years ago a skunk was digging for grub worms in my yard, and left holes all over that looked like that.

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This is certainly no bug, it happen over night and they are about an inch to an inch and a half across.

Dan, Jon, I am thinking one of you are right, and I hope it isn't the Skunk! I don't need my cats playing with a skunk!

I have lived out in the country, and in the city and never have I seen something like this so it had me stumped. But it sounds like it isn't much of a mystery at all, a number of animals will do it, skunk, raccoon are the best choices around here I would imagine. I don't mind them, as you can see the lawn is far from the cover of House and Garden! I love animals and sharing this earth with them is a honor and a joy so seeing these little holes actually puts a smile on my face, it kinda cracks me up actually, the whole damn lawn is covered with them! This little guy was working hard!

I do have to say, and PLEASE don't put a video up and prove it too me because that would just totally freak me out. But I have a cat door off the kitchen. And every morning the cats bowls are licked clean. I never see these bowls that clean, EVER but in the morning. The critter who did this to my law may well have found the cats bowls empty and got ticked off at me.

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Red squirrels do that to my yard. I would really like to shoot them but living in the city I just cant do that. Funny... if I lived in the country its OK. Whats up with that? Its the same stupid animal!
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Dan, Jon, I am thinking one of you are right, and I hope it isn't the Skunk! I don't need my cats playing with a skunk!
Brian
Our dog was sprayed by a skunk in our back yard last year. We tried all the internet suggestions to try and mitigate the smell. Actually one of the best for at least knocking it down a bit was Listerine mouth wash . After we gave up on it our vet said we should have tried a mixture of hydrogen peroxide, baking soda with a squirt of dish soap. It took about six months before we could not smell it any longer when bathing her.

The little varmint crawled under our wood fence so now I have a board at ground level at the bottom of the fence to prevent this.

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Old 11-16-2010, 07:55 AM
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God I hope it isn't a skunk that my cats are going to meet one night!

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Could be that vole, they eat mostly grass's, roots and bulbs etc. Moles like insects and tend to burrow and tunnel, voles eat out surface pockets like in your pic, either one will not like this mix

Castor oil 6 ounces + 2 tablespoons liquid detergent+ 1 gallon water spray to cover 300 sq/ft lawn.

If that does not work have a talk with you cats and remind him of there responsibilities

Yeah the squirrels up here ate the stuffing out of the wifes fancy deck furniture, before that she thought they were so cute,,,now there is a bounty on there tails lol
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Definitely the by product of a dining skunk. Nocturnal critter whose main diet is grubs. If you see 'em in the day light, rabies is a bigger threat than a spray job.

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Old 11-21-2010, 09:24 AM
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My first thought was a "Diller" (aka armadillo) but the holes are way too small for that. If you solve the mystery then be sure and let us know.
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Nothing more so far, no more holes either, so it may just stay a mystery.

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