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For Yard Pests, First Diagnose

June 9th, 2015

For Yard Pests, First Diagnose

Before you launch an all-out extermination campaign on whatever is digging holes in your yard, seek some facts about the most common animal pests.  Depending on where you live, you may encounter raccoons, skunks, pack rats or a variety of mice.  Without knowledge of the offending critter, you might waste time and money on chasing after a mysterious foe.

Your first clue is the size of the hole, which can appear in your garden, lawn or among the landscaping.  Observe both the size of the hole and whether it is mounded or tunneled.  If the hole has no soil or castings around it, and is relatively small, you may be dealing with a bird or squirrel digging for worms.

More problematic are tunneling creatures, such as skunks (who live in other animals tunnels), voles (a small mouse) or moles (the most famous tunneller).  Large holes, of six to ten inches, are caused by raccoons or skunks, which can be caught using a baited live trap.  Smaller, three to four inch holes, with fresh soil nearby are likely dug by skunks searching for voles, grubs or other meals.

Vole tunnels are about one inch in diameter, with no soil or castings around them. They are often found under leaves or grass.  To control this pest, use Havahart traps, poison, or mousetraps.

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