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Old 06-03-2008, 10:18 PM
 
Location: Mid Missouri (Miz-oo-ree)
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Wait, there are armadillos in Jacksonville? I thought it was just snakes and really farking large spiders.
If you do get a chance to whack an armadillo, go for it. Tastes alot like rabbit....just harder to clean
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Old 06-03-2008, 10:31 PM
 
Location: Jax
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Like others have pointed out, because there is a tunnel, I'd say it's a mole.

I have moles that dig from time to time and when they run into cement they just follow along the edge like yours did.

I just tamp down the tunnel with my foot. I'm only worried about the grass roots getting dried out from being pulled up from the earth, otherwise I have no issues with the moles.

If there was constant mole activity, then you'd want to check if you have a high grub population and if so, address the grub issue.

I've had armadillos too and they just rip up a chunk of grass, no tunneling.
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Old 06-03-2008, 10:43 PM
 
Location: Orlando
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it is likely an armadillo but could be a mole if you see any tunnels. I don't like the idea of killing the poor creatures. I have one living in my backyard and there is enough room for all of us.
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Old 06-03-2008, 10:44 PM
 
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Thoughts anyone?
Most likely the Florida Burglar.
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Old 06-04-2008, 07:01 AM
 
Location: Amelia View
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Like others have pointed out, because there is a tunnel, I'd say it's a mole.

I have moles that dig from time to time and when they run into cement they just follow along the edge like yours did.

I just tamp down the tunnel with my foot. I'm only worried about the grass roots getting dried out from being pulled up from the earth, otherwise I have no issues with the moles.

If there was constant mole activity, then you'd want to check if you have a high grub population and if so, address the grub issue.

I've had armadillos too and they just rip up a chunk of grass, no tunneling.
Up north, grub infestation would be indicated by dying grass. Would I see the same thing here with St Augustine grass?

Yesterday afternoon's pounding rain collapsed the tunnels and mounds, and they're not back this morning.
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Old 06-04-2008, 07:13 AM
 
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Up north, grub infestation would be indicated by dying grass. Would I see the same thing here with St Augustine grass?

Yesterday afternoon's pounding rain collapsed the tunnels and mounds, and they're not back this morning.
yup same thing.
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Old 06-04-2008, 07:22 AM
 
Location: NE Florida
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It is those golfers from the other side of your trees that came looking for their golf balls

I am in agreement with the "mole" call
looks like he was digging away, ran into the road block of the patio made a left and when he reached the area with out grass did a little "happy dance" which left the mound

we get them every once in a while and like riv I just stamp it back down

Trust me when I say you will get a "bazillion" "home remedy" suggestions on getting rid of moles but before you go out and waste your money on the, for example vibrating windmills(if vibrations really worked they would be no moles near highways or roads), bottles of "mole go away" etc they do not work the only possible way is the harpoon trap but then you have to place it over the tunnel and hope he decides to go back through
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Old 06-04-2008, 09:45 PM
 
Location: Jax
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Up north, grub infestation would be indicated by dying grass. Would I see the same thing here with St Augustine grass?
Yes, eventually. The grubs are eating the roots of the grass, so the grass will first weaken, then decline, then die...it takes a while.

Sometimes you'll find an area, like an irregular patch in the lawn, where the grass may be a little yellow, the blades may be thinner, it doesn't really grow as high as the rest of the grass...it's just "weak" looking.

If you have those signs, you can look for grubs. I just peel up a section of the grass and look for these fat white worms (sort of caterpillar size).

A good long term treatment is Milky Spore (look at Gardens Alive online, they carry it). Shorter-term, for immediate results, you can spot treat that one area with a grub product (it's a poison, but you don't need to put it all over the lawn), Bayer makes a good one that only needs one light application.

Once your lawn is healthy and strong, the grubs really don't hurt the lawn anymore, and you'll never really get rid of them all anyway - they're everywhere. Milky Spore is really the only way I've ever heard to build a true "boundary" on your property to prevent the infestation of grubs.

Grubs are the juvenille form of June bugs, by the way...so they're a pest in every stage of their lives ! Apparently they're delicious though, just ask your mole .
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Old 04-29-2014, 12:42 PM
 
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Found a mound yesterday just like the poster described in almost an exact location next to a cement car port in a barren area. It measured about 6" in dia. and rose slightly conical to about 4" with a small hole about 1/2" in dia. just off center.

I flattened it with the golf-cart and a few hours later a new one started about 6" next to it. I could see the sand being pushed up and it looked as if it was chewed or moistened. I dug a spade full and turned it over quickly, but nothing alive was found. No apparent tunnels. The ground all around seemed very soft. I mixed some fire ant killer into the soil and packed it back down. This morning, a new mound was going up where the old one was. I'm sure it's not ants. I poured some gasoline down the hole and tamped it flat. Never saw the like? Any ideas?
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Old 04-29-2014, 02:36 PM
 
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I'm glad this post re-surfaced as I'm seeing the same thing in my yard. I can't seem to see any "life" whatsoever near the holes but surely this has to be a decent sized animal (mole?).

Was going to call a pest control company unless someone has a quick fix other than trying to fill the holes.
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