Who Dug That Hole in My Yard: Identifying the Common Types of Burrowing Pests



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If you’re a homeowner, you have a lot of things to worry about, so if you wake up one morning and see a few holes in your yard, you should take care of the problem as quickly as you can. Rodents and other pests that dig holes in your yard can cause serious damage and ruin the look of your lawn.

The biggest problem is identifying which type of pest dug the hole so you can take care of it. This way, you’ll know if you need to call an exterminator or just use a few rodent smoke bombs to take care of the problem. Here are some of the common pests that dig holes in yards and how you can identify their holes.

Moles

Moles are one of the most common culprits of lawn holes. They live nearly their entire lives underground, so you probably won’t see them, so you will have to know how to identify their holes. Moles live underground because they eat tiny insects and worms that can be found there. They burrow tunnels a few inches below the surface in search of their favorite foods.

Mole holes look like volcanoes, with a mound of dirt thrust up from underground. There may or may not be an actual opening, but the other dead giveaway that you have a mole are the furrows that will appear in your lawn.

The furrows are raised tunnels that will poke up through your lawn. These are the tunnels that the mole digs to get around underground and find its food.

Gophers

Gophers are another common reason you may have holes in your lawn. Unlike moles, gophers are strictly herbivores, so they need to surface often to find food, although they can eat the roots of larger plants from underground.

One telltale sign that you have gophers is dirt mounds that are around larger plants, like ornamental trees. These are places the gopher is trying to gnaw the root system so it can pull the vegetation down into its tunnel. A gopher hole, on the other hand, will have a crescent-shaped mound and will have a hole in it that is fill in. This is because the gopher plugs the hole once it goes back underground.

Mole Crickets

Mole crickets are a very common burrowing pest in warmer climates. They are so named because their lawn damage resembles that of a mole, only smaller.

As their name suggests, mole crickets live underground and burrow just beneath the surface, pushing up the dirt into furrows that are visible from above. They thrive on grass, so they leave their burrows each night to feed, which results in small holes dotted throughout your yard. They also feed on smaller insects as well. They can be difficult to get rid of, so contact a professional if you suspect you have an infestation.

Look for these signs to identify these common burrowing pests.

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