Torn up turf identification

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by lawntennis, Aug 21, 2018.

  1. lawntennis

    lawntennis LawnSite Senior Member
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    907C285C-5D64-4FD5-864A-BDA085E3FB44.jpeg 0506EFA2-B4C9-4C0D-AD01-E5C38763B0B5.jpeg 290CB89A-AAF8-4F6D-AE3C-E8B975A35853.jpeg Does anybody have an idea as to what this is. It is just a little early for skunks ripping up turf for grubs in our area and there is no evidence of grubs.
  2. hal

    hal LawnSite Senior Member
    from Georgia
    Messages: 844

    Squirrels? Moles, voles, gophers? Aliens (small)
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  3. hort101

    hort101 LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from S.E. New England
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    It looks more like a hole then something feeding on grubs imo
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  4. KerbDMK

    KerbDMK LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Could be Raccoons or, as mentioned, squirrels.

    I get raccoons this time of year because my lawn is irrigated when most others are dry. I'm not sure if they are after grubs or nightcrawlers.

    They also activate my motion sensor lighting.
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  5. Wye Oak Tree

    Wye Oak Tree LawnSite Gold Member
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    Grubs do hatch in early August. And it looks like its near a garden bed/bushes. Have you dug down to the depth of those holes made by the critters?
    I'm voting for skunks. Time to get a game camera and set it up.
  6. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
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    Drop moth balls around and it keeps all animals away....
  7. KerbDMK

    KerbDMK LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I have to give the raccoons credit though, because they often leave a big pile of half-digested purple berries on my deck to help me remember them by. Lol.
  8. agrostis

    agrostis LawnSite Silver Member
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    Crows around here make a hole just like that.
  9. lawntennis

    lawntennis LawnSite Senior Member
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    Thanks for replies. This is on large property in a secluded area. Client is just curious. They have seen a Fox often and think it may be the problem. I’ll try the mothballs. Pretty cheap and can’t hurt
  10. RigglePLC

    RigglePLC LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 15,261

    My vote goes to skunks. Check again for grubs. And consider the skunks (if any) may be after earthworms. Perhaps call Critter Control let them check it--and trap the skunks--if they agree.

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