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Help! There's Something digging in my yard!!

I have some critter digging in my back yard. There are 30-40 round holes, 2-4 inches deep almost every morning. I know there is an opossum because my dog gets after it, but this digger is ruining my yard! I've heard to use black pepper, but I'd have to buy a ton!! And I have a dog..

  • Shoshana
    Shoshana Great Neck, NY
    on Mar 27, 2017

    It sounds like it could be voles. You can repel them with castor oil. It's nontoxic and doesn’t even hurt the animals. Simply spray it where you want it, and the unpleasant taste and smell of the stuff makes castor oil an effective vole repellent.

  • Pamela Townsend
    Pamela Townsend
    on Mar 29, 2017

    Squirrels. Doing it to my yard in NJ.

  • Luanne
    Luanne Escalon, CA
    on Mar 29, 2017

    voles, moles, gophers, squirrels, it could be any one of them! My dog is a digger [sadly to say for my yard] and is very effective at pest control...until she brings them in the house to share [ick!] Try as many natural type repellents as possible, one will eventually work.

  • Arbenpuka
    Arbenpuka
    on Mar 29, 2017

    irish spring soap

  • Debby Dale
    Debby Dale
    on Mar 29, 2017

    Human hair. You can usually get it free from a local hairdresser. Also, voles like a moist ground. So if you have a very shady lawn, you can try to get more sunlight to dry it out some

  • SJ Hall
    SJ Hall
    on Mar 29, 2017

    Sqirrels are digging deep in my yard. They are finding last falls acorns. It looks bad in our new mulch.

  • Minnie farina
    Minnie farina Conroe, TX
    on Mar 29, 2017

    toss moth balls in the holes. They don't like the smell

    • Lillie DeWitt
      Lillie DeWitt Bridgeton, NJ
      on Apr 1, 2017

      Say about how many per hole? Do moles and voles hate that smell too?

  • Karen V
    Karen V Myrtle Beach, SC
    on Mar 30, 2017

    You could actually have a problem with grubs. They are like a little snack for ground Critters. You could try spreading something to kill the grubs and see if that helps? Or you could invite the neighborhood kids over to play whack a mole! Lol. Good luck!

  • Liz @ SDTips.com
    Liz @ SDTips.com New Richmond, WI
    on Mar 30, 2017

    Are they sort of cone shaped holes you find in the morning? If so, it very likely could be skunks! They are after the grubs in the dirt in your yard. Get rid of the grubs and the critters eating them will leave too. :)

  • Joy linebarger
    Joy linebarger Central Point, OR
    on Mar 31, 2017

    If you are in the south, it may be armadillos.

  • Dorothy Collett
    Dorothy Collett Tipton, MO
    on Mar 31, 2017

    Buy grass seed mix and wait until summer when the digging will probably decrease or stop. Grubs become beetles, squirrels will have found their stash and not started saving for next winter.

  • Tommi L. Perkins
    Tommi L. Perkins Fayetteville, AR
    on Mar 31, 2017

    Don't know where you are but it sounds like Armadillos to me. I hate them. They are a smaller version of a rutting pig. They are going after the grubs. I use granules broadcast in early spring to kill the grubs and the moles and armadillos went away.

  • David Ogden
    David Ogden Vero Beach, FL
    on Apr 1, 2017

    Skunks or known to dig for grubs in yards.

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