What Is Making Holes In My Yard?

Plenty of homeowners have undergone the unpleasant shock of finding unsightly holes, torn-up grass and piles of dirt spread across the yard that seemed to appear while they were sleeping. If this has happened to you, you probably instantly wondered what is digging up your lawn at night.

Types of Damage

Raccoons and skunks are two common grub-eating nocturnal culprits for digging in yards. Skunks prefer to create shallow holes with loosened dirt, while raccoons will literally use their front paws to pull up bits of sod and turn them over to find whatever delicious food might lie underneath. Rabbits are burrowing creatures that have also been known to dig holes in yards, and they have a greater chance of doing so undetected at night. In addition, there are other animals that are active during the day, including squirrels, that could harm your lawn, and you might not discover the issue until the next day. If you have wild animals digging in your yard at night, they are almost certainly finding either shelter, in the form of an underground burrow, or food, such as the grub worms many animals eat that live in the soil underneath the turf. Dug-up lawns aren’t an issue only for homeowners who take pride in having lush, green grass or beautiful garden beds. Holes in your yard can potentially be a threat, as they produce an uneven surface that can trip anyone. Worse still, if wild animals dig too deeply near small trees or bushes, they can destroy the plant’s roots and destabilize it.

Possible Culprits

While rabbits seem to be easy-going creatures, and their presence might even excite some homeowners, as well as their children, animals like raccoons and skunks are not a wanted addition to your garden. Even though skunks are not dangerous animals, many homeowners are afraid of them because they bear rabies and, of course, they don’t want to get sprayed. Other Animals That Could Be the Culprit:

  1. Suspect #1: Earthworms
  2. Suspect #2: Beetles
  3. Suspect #3: Birds ​
  4. Suspect#4: Voles
  5. Suspect #5: Moles
  6. Suspect #6: Wasps
  7. Suspect #7: Squirrels
  8. Suspect #8: Chipmunk