What animal causes this?

Discussion in 'General Industry Discussions' started by topsites, Nov 1, 2006.

  1. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
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    I've been seeing this for close to a month, this time the damage is by far the most wide spread and I'm getting tired of this thing tearing up my yard. There are no tunnels, just these marks that look like something is digging, likely foraging. Meanwhile, a cat's been hanging around of late, but I'm not so sure that's doing any good.

    Here are the pics (in no order):
    http://stonypointlawncare.com/images/animaldmg1.jpg
    http://stonypointlawncare.com/images/animaldmg2.jpg
    http://stonypointlawncare.com/images/animaldmg3.jpg
    http://stonypointlawncare.com/images/animaldmg4.jpg

    I'm thinking possum, but have no clues as to the conclusion, just a thought...

    The other thing I'd like to know is, how do I get rid of this?
    Thanks
     
  2. grasswhacker

    grasswhacker LawnSite Gold Member
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    Now it works
     
  3. grasswhacker

    grasswhacker LawnSite Gold Member
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    Could be skunks looking for grubs
     
  4. Ron's Lawncare

    Ron's Lawncare LawnSite Senior Member
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    it probably is Birds crows plucking grubs. they can make a huge mess in hurry.
     
  5. stumpjumper

    stumpjumper LawnSite Member
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    Do yall have armadillos there? Looks exactly like the damage they do.
     
  6. sheshovel

    sheshovel LawnSite Fanatic
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    Could be Raccoon, Possum, Bear, or wild pig.
    I won't tell you how to take care of this problem because I think animals need to forage and if a lawn is planted where they forage then well this is going to happen. I see tiny holes in the soil so they are obviously after something infesting the soil.
     
  7. sjessen

    sjessen LawnSite Gold Member
    Male, from Knoxville, Tn
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    If it is grubs the animals are after then you might try killing them. If the food supply dries up they will look elsewhere.
     
  8. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
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    Yes, I would agree it is either grubs or possibly earthworms.

    You can't see it from the pics (and I didn't see it this time) but in damaged areas before there were little divots, almost like what would be caused by a pointed snout (or yes, perhaps a beak).

    And no, no armadillos but plenty other pointy nosed things.
     
  9. BQLC

    BQLC LawnSite Senior Member
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    try to determine when it is being done. at night or in the daylight this will narrow down what it could be
     
  10. LawnBrother

    LawnBrother LawnSite Senior Member
    from SW Ohio
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