help, holes in my lawn pics

cyndy716September 11, 2008

Greetings, all I'm a lurker on the forums & have learned much from all the info posted here, thank you. I'm desperate and need some help. For the past two days there have been MANY holes dug up in our yard (it's happening at night because I've been watching during the day & see nothing). I'm thinking armadillo(s). I live on a military base in the DFW, TX area. My children love to play outside & I refuse to let them go outside with all these holes out there. Do they look familiar to anyone? We have about 500 sq feet of yard/lawn and there are about 30-40 holes ALL OVER THE AREA. Some big some small but all of them look the same in the sense that they were dug OUT. I would appreciate any help on determining what these holes may be & how to get rid of whatever it is that is making the holes. I have always had a bird feeder but this has never happened so I'm totally confused as to what is bringing them here. Oh and I really hope I'm posting this correctly. Thank you so much & I look forward to any and all responses :(

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cyndy716

So sorry it looks like I didn't correctly add the pictures ...

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    Bookmark   September 11, 2008 at 4:48PM
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prairiepaintbrush(RedOak, TX z7/8)

My only experience with diggers is armadillos. Squirrels also dig, but it looks like a lot of holes for squirrels.

    Bookmark   September 11, 2008 at 6:04PM
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popcornhill

Hey cyndy.....I think you have a/some "voles". I had one too. They are not gophers but in that family I think. Sort of between a gopher and a field rat in size. I bought some stuff in a cone shaped package and poured some into the hole. I think it left. Maybe someone else can tell you something better to use and I'll try it to. Good luck......DT

    Bookmark   September 11, 2008 at 8:58PM
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debndal(8a DFW, TX)

Whatever it is, it might be eating grubs, which would be a good thing, but if you think you have very many grubs, you might should treat the lawn. It's normally done in August, but it's probably not too late to do it now. Sure beats having to replace grass.
Or it could be something just eating roots. Possibly skunk, armadillo, possum, raccoon. Maybe squirrels, but they are active during the day, and I would suspect you would see them. The others hang out at night.

    Bookmark   September 11, 2008 at 11:41PM
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carrie751(z7/8 TX)

I have armadillos that eat at night. They have managed to rearrange many of my flower beds, so be grateful if they are just in the lawn. If you want to discourage them without trapping and relocating them, try sprinkling sulpher around your fence line. They have a very sensitive nose and do not care for the smell of sulphur at all.

    Bookmark   September 12, 2008 at 9:11AM
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cyndy716

Thank you all so much for all the tips :) I'm going to try them all ... I gave base housing a call yesterday about the issue and they had someone come by and sprinkle coyote urine. Which I'm not sure if it worked but last night there was no activity because this morning all the same holes were there. So, I'm thinking they must be sensitive to smells, I also used vingegar which was suggested by a friend. I had my husband dig about a square foot of dirt and we do have grubs. Not that many but enough to attract these armoured bandits. We plan on fixing the problem this weekend does anyone know if its ok to let my kids outside and play sometime next week? I mean someone told me that armadillos carry lots of disease.

    Bookmark   September 12, 2008 at 10:47AM
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popcornhill

I think I missed the call on those holes. I thought they were round holes. But after looking again I guess it's just something rooting around from the top. I believe you are better off trying to get rid of a rooter rather than a driller...good luck....DT

    Bookmark   September 12, 2008 at 12:54PM
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Gardener972(7b-8a DFW)

'Possums... we had the same thing.

    Bookmark   September 12, 2008 at 4:33PM
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denisew(z8 TX)

Will sulphur keep the squirrels away too? I have seen squirrels digging in my garden. One of them is very brave and will allow me to get within just a few feet before it decides to move another couple feet away. I really have to scare it to scamper up a tree. It has also sat on a branch and scolded me - the little s#*%!

    Bookmark   September 12, 2008 at 9:59PM
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maden_theshade(8 - Austin)

Check the label on whatever you are treating the lawn w/ for the grubs to find out how long you'll need to keep your kids inside.

The armadillos are mostly nocturnal...and they are lightening quick. I'd say there's a 99.9999% chance your kids will never catch one. Even if they did, they would be in more danger from being scratched by their long claws than from any disease they could possibly carry. I've never heard of anyone catching anything from an armadillo. The only thing I could even fathom would be rabies, since they are a mammal.

    Bookmark   September 14, 2008 at 12:31AM
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cyndy716

Thank you all, it looks like the armadillos or whatever was digging back there are now gone. We used two things, the coyote urine & vinegar. We're trying to help the grass regrow by watering now & seeding in a few weeks. After all the holes they dug up it made the lawn look 1/2 dead. Which ticks me off. They only thing I know of keeping squirrels away is not placing food outside. I feed the birds so I always have 1 or 2 squirrels that show up. Yep, some of them critters can be very brave. We call him Loco.

    Bookmark   September 22, 2008 at 10:13AM
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debndal(8a DFW, TX)

It doesn't seem to me that those holes should make your grass look 1/2 dead. I'd be thinking I have another issue besides the digging. I don't know how many "a few" grubs were when your husband dug the square foot, but you might should treat for them anyway. They could make the grass look 1/2 dead.

    Bookmark   September 22, 2008 at 11:30PM
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cyndy716

Bad news here, the creature or creatures are back. They dug up new holes last night & I'm so fed up with this. The thing thats bothering me the most is that my four year old goes outside and runs around and falls in those darn holes. I made a call to base housing they stated they would add the repelant (coyote urine) & look into placing a mesh on the gate (if they show up with some cheap mesh I'm going to lose it). debndal, I thought the same thing this morning. When we lifted part of the grass we saw about 3 grubs I'm having him treat it today. I also noticed a brown patch on the lawn that has suddenly started to get worse since I first posted here. Ugh, I never had these problems before with the lawn. Oh we also use Miracle-Gro® Water Soluble Lawn Food. I'm starting to wonder if this could also be the problem. We follow the directions to the T.

    Bookmark   September 23, 2008 at 1:30PM
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cyndy716

One question, how far deep do I need to dig to see the grubs? I just tried doing it myself and i could only get about 2 inches deep. I saw nothing ... do I need to dig deeper?

    Bookmark   September 23, 2008 at 1:47PM
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debndal(8a DFW, TX)

Cyndy - I'm not a grub expert, but as I dig in my beds I occassionally will find them 2-5" deep. They are after the roots, and when the soil is deep the roots can go deep. You could also be looking at take all patch or brown patch - so many things it could be. It's also the time of year when grass slows down, so that might be part of it too. The critter that is digging is definitely looking for something in the soil to eat, so grubs would be my first thought.

    Bookmark   September 23, 2008 at 4:36PM
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cyndy716

Thanks debndal ... they are placing chicken wire on the gate today. They added the repelant yesterday. Today we plan to treat the lawn with the grub killer once the gate has the chicken wire on it. Then we'll need to fix the lawn, it looks like swiss cheese in some parts. Any advice on how to fix those holes and help the grass regrow?

    Bookmark   September 24, 2008 at 10:33AM
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debndal(8a DFW, TX)

The grass will be slowing down for the year, so you might not get much regrowth this year. If the holes are deep you could fill with some soil from other areas of your garden or yard. If they aren't deep, they will even out over time. For now I think I would just watch it and wait see how it does next spring. It will probably be fine and cover quickly.

    Bookmark   September 24, 2008 at 2:13PM
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cyndy716

Thanks debndal I really appreciate all your help :) Next spring I'll be moving, I do hope there are no creatures in VA

    Bookmark   September 26, 2008 at 10:33AM
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kalena

I know this is an old post, but I just experienced holes in my lawn and while searching for an answer found this. Your pictures look like I took them of my lawn, it is the same scene. Did you ever find out for sure what was causing the holes?

    Bookmark   March 26, 2009 at 2:38PM
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pj426_comcast_net

I also have holes in the grass could this be grubs the
grass is also dying in spots.

    Bookmark   April 27, 2011 at 7:37PM
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