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Old 10-15-2013, 08:20 AM
 
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Hi all,

I live in Virginia and have a backyard which I had hydroseeded recently. Every time I mow my lawn and it's wet, the next morning I find out that some animal has dug the grass out and put holes all over my lawn. It has been digging up an area about 5 by 4 over and over. It has dug up 1 x1 areas as well. It mostly happens after I cut the grass, but it has done it at other times and always at night.

I bought one of those deer off sprays and liquid fence but that didn't seem to stop them. I then bought a motion detector sprinkler which didn't seem to stop the unknown creature either.

This morning I walked into my lawn only to find out that the unknown animal has dug holes right under the sprinkler.
I would really appreciate it if someone could please give me some advice on how to prevent this.
Thanks much in advance
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Old 10-15-2013, 08:33 AM
 
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I suggest you look in the soil for grubs. Use whatever digging implement you have, and dig into the soil near and in the areas the critter dug up. You are looking for little (1/8" to 1/2" in size) white grubs. If you find grubs - then I think it is quite possible the digging critters are looking for a grub steak.

I've used nematodes to successfully reduce grub populations when I had a similar problem. In my problem, it was coyotes doing the digging, but many critters will dig and eat grubs, I am sure.

It doesn't sound like a vegetarian doing the digging, since the area is "dug" up - not the grass was pulled out by the roots. And hydroseeded - you don't likely have a spreading grass that would pull up by the roots. So, logic dictates things living beneath the grass - grubs and worms. I've never seen anything except birds go for worms, but who knows?
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Old 10-15-2013, 09:49 AM
 
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We have similar problem which was attributed to grubs and grubs attract skunks and raccoons which dig at night. We have been treating the area for 2 years and according to research we need to do it for three years. Keep in mind there are two varieties. Japanese beetle grubs (white) and the brownish ones. Some treatments are ONLY for Japanese beetle grubs.

Because of our dog, who got sprayed by a skunk, we used traps. We trapped the skunks and took them to another county, out in the middle of nowhere. The best attractant for the skunks in the trap was snack size vanilla pudding. We trapped 14 skunks using this method. Since we live out in the country it wasn't illegal to transport them to a unpopulated area.
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Old 10-15-2013, 10:06 AM
 
Location: In the Pearl of the Purchase, Ky
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Sparkling, do you know anybody who is really into hunting? You could see if they have one of those deer cams they set up in the woods looking for deer in the area. If they do, see if they could set it up somewhere in your yard pointing towards the affected area to see what's doing the digging.
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Old 10-15-2013, 10:10 AM
 
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You gotta love those that live in the country and then move most animals out so they can have a lawn that does little else other than use up water, require maintenance and so on or;

to protect their pets, displace the animals that were there first. If a dog gets sprayed by a skunk and second time, you have a stupid dog and maybe getting rid of the dog and not the skunks is the better plan. If a dog fights with Racoons and loses, either the dog isn't around anymore or the dog learns a lesson.

So after removing all the animals that nature put there, you need to start with poisons and all that to keep the insects away because nothing is eating them, the animals that do die sit around decomposing because nothing is around to drag them away and consume them, the ground is like concrete because nothing digs it up and basically...

you went away to the country and did nothing more but drag the city there with you. What an idea.
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Old 10-15-2013, 10:21 AM
 
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You gotta love those that live in the country and then move most animals out so they can have a lawn that does little else other than use up water, require maintenance and so on or;

to protect their pets, displace the animals that were there first. If a dog gets sprayed by a skunk and second time, you have a stupid dog and maybe getting rid of the dog and not the skunks is the better plan. If a dog fights with Racoons and loses, either the dog isn't around anymore or the dog learns a lesson.

So after removing all the animals that nature put there, you need to start with poisons and all that to keep the insects away because nothing is eating them, the animals that do die sit around decomposing because nothing is around to drag them away and consume them, the ground is like concrete because nothing digs it up and basically...

you went away to the country and did nothing more but drag the city there with you. What an idea.

last I heard, man has domain over animals ( not the other way around )
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Old 10-16-2013, 08:47 PM
 
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You'd know if it was skunk, deer would leave hoof-prints also, and rabbits would be deterred by the deer spray. Squirrels and groundhogs don't destroy large areas like that. So I'm thinking raccoon. Best to take care of the grubs so the raccoons have no reason to dig, because the raccoons will outsmart you every time. Dolphins have nothing on raccoons.
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Old 10-16-2013, 09:42 PM
 
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last I heard, man has domain over animals ( not the other way around )
Not after the environmentalists are done with you....


Skunks have RIGHTS and they don't deserve to be treated like animals!
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Old 10-16-2013, 10:00 PM
 
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You gotta love those that live in the country and then move most animals out so they can have a lawn that does little else other than use up water, require maintenance and so on or;

to protect their pets, displace the animals that were there first. If a dog gets sprayed by a skunk and second time, you have a stupid dog and maybe getting rid of the dog and not the skunks is the better plan. If a dog fights with Racoons and loses, either the dog isn't around anymore or the dog learns a lesson.

So after removing all the animals that nature put there, you need to start with poisons and all that to keep the insects away because nothing is eating them, the animals that do die sit around decomposing because nothing is around to drag them away and consume them, the ground is like concrete because nothing digs it up and basically...

you went away to the country and did nothing more but drag the city there with you. What an idea.
I bet you're really fun to be around.
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Old 10-17-2013, 02:05 AM
 
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Do you have wild hogs in your area?
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