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Old 05-31-2019, 05:04 PM
 
Location: Port St. Lucie, Florida
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found some interesting info

Raccoons will “roll-up” a lawn while searching for grubs and other larval insects. Skunks make small individual holes when they search for insect larva. Squirrels will dig holes when they burry food. Raccoons and skunks work only at night. Squirrels work only during daylight hours, so if holes appear overnight you know it’s not a squirrel. And then there are gophers and moles…but that’s another story.

The first symptom for grubs in the lawn will be the appearance of brown spots (dead lawn grass) two or three inches in diameter. If the spots increase in size and even join, these are probably grubs enlarging their feeding area. To verify grubs, make a solution of 4 Tablespoons of liquid dish detergent (Dawn, Palmolive, etc.) in two gallons of water and sprinkle it over an affected area of one yard square. Sprinkle some on the brown area and some on the adjoining green area. If there are grubs present, they will come to the surface within five minutes. This will not kill them; only bring them up to the surface.

For raccoons and skunks, use Beneficial Nematodes or Bayer Grub Control to get rid of the grubs. The non-chemical solution to prevent damage by raccoons and skunks is to treat the area with Beneficial Nematodes. These microscopic roundworms will hunt down, penetrate, and kill soil-dwelling insect larvae (grubs). They will remain effective for 2 years and are safe for people, pets, earthworms, and the environment. Do not use follow-up insecticides; they will kill the nematodes.

Photos would be nice
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Old 05-31-2019, 05:54 PM
 
Location: Rochester, WA
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Usually skunks are the alleged varmint, they love grubs and are skilled at locating and plucking them out of the ground!

If skunks are around, you generally know that. You wouldn't be wondering what kind of animal it is.


OP - I would get a wildlife camera, they're not expensive, and find out what's doing this. The answer will make a difference in the solution.
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Old 05-31-2019, 08:03 PM
 
Location: Puna, Hawaii
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I'm guessing you don't have wild pigs. They can completely destroy a residential lawn in a matter of minutes.
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Old 05-31-2019, 08:21 PM
 
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Sounds like Armadillos to me. Treat the yard for grubs. Might want to grab a flashlight and check your yard in the middle of the night as those suckers seem to do the most damage when we sleep. I shot 5 last year. 20 gauge shotgun. If you don't make too much noise you can easily get within 10 feet. I also used some stuff from Home Depot called Tomcat Mole and Gopher Repellent. You create a barrier around the perimeter of the yard - smells terrible to them. Long term fix - kill the grubs. Short term fix - Choot Em! Wife actually had somebody that took them to eat...
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Old 05-31-2019, 09:44 PM
 
Location: Central Washington
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Sounds like Armadillos to me. Treat the yard for grubs. Might want to grab a flashlight and check your yard in the middle of the night as those suckers seem to do the most damage when we sleep. I shot 5 last year. 20 gauge shotgun. If you don't make too much noise you can easily get within 10 feet. I also used some stuff from Home Depot called Tomcat Mole and Gopher Repellent. You create a barrier around the perimeter of the yard - smells terrible to them. Long term fix - kill the grubs. Short term fix - Choot Em! Wife actually had somebody that took them to eat...
Armadillos in Massachusetts?

OP do you have any neighbors who might have had the same problem before? If it does turn out to be a skunk and you decide to shoot it, do your very best to not hit it around it's tail. If you tear open the sacs that contain their special sauce you will NOT be a happy camper. Nor will anyone else within a large radius. Never mind how I know this.
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Old 05-31-2019, 10:00 PM
 
Location: Midwest
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We had a grub infestation a couple of years ago. Apparently there aren't any skunks in our neighborhood because the entire front lawn ended up looking like the Mojave.

Here's to skunks!
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Old 06-01-2019, 02:17 AM
 
Location: Pacific 🌉 °N, 🌄°W
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Animals are being crammed out of their normal existence by humans overpopulating this earth. The more we cut down their homeland to build housing the more humans will experience animals doing what animals do in order to survive.

I know most folks will not acknowledge what I'm saying and my comment will be the most unpopular....sigh.
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Old 06-01-2019, 04:47 AM
 
Location: Near the Coast SWCT
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It doesnt just dig a little hole

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The animal doesn't go deep, it just peels away the grass.

I was gonna say Groundhog but sounds like there isn't a deep hole. Could be grubs but those take time to brown up the grass...I think..


Did you want to pick up one of these? You'll catch it in action and know for sure what it is and maybe a time pattern.
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Old 06-01-2019, 05:41 AM
 
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If you have white grubs they eat the roots of the grass. Then along comes any animal that disturbs the upper grass, even squirrels looking for long buried nuts, and instead of making a small hole, whoops! They lift a whole patch with the same effort.

You need to use an insecticide to eliminate the white grubs (which are probably Japanese beetle larvae) before the whole lawn dies off.
Thanks for your advice, but can you suggest me any insecticides that do not cause any kind of damage to my field.
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Old 06-01-2019, 06:06 AM
 
Location: LI,NY zone 7a
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Thanks for your advice, but can you suggest me any insecticides that do not cause any kind of damage to my field.
Milky Spore, one application and forget about it for up to ten years. Will not harm people, critters, or pets. A little pricey, but given how long it works, negates the cost factor.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WtUaNcumLvA

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