What Do Squirrel Holes in Yard Look Like?
If you have a ground squirrel infestation, it’s important to understand what these creatures do to your lawn and yard. These pests include Eastern gray squirrels, Skunks, and Ground squirrels. Read on to learn more about how to get rid of ground squirrels. In the meantime, be sure to keep a look out for these other common yard pests. These animals aren’t as difficult to get rid of as you might think.
Ground squirrels are small rodents and are commonly found in grassland, buildings and irrigated pastures. They live in underground burrows that are typically 6 feet deep, up to 20 feet long, and have multiple entrances. While these rodents are capable of climbing trees, they are more likely to retreat into their burrows during times of high winds. If you notice ground squirrel holes in your yard, here are some things to look for.
First, you can use a burrowing machine to pack sand and water into their holes. If these methods don’t work, you can also use a mixture of sand and cement. You can also use fine gravel as a substitute. While ground squirrels are part of the squirrel family, they are often overlooked by homeowners. Their short legs, rounded ears, and moderately long tail make them easy to identify. The ground squirrels’ burrows are often quite destructive to landscaping, buildings, and even gardens.
Eastern gray squirrels
If you see eastern gray squirrels in your yard, you aren’t the only one. You can also spot chipmunks digging small holes in your yard. These rodents don’t hibernate and can be active all day. Their burrows are about two inches deep and contain an opening about one and a half inches across. Regardless of the size of the holes, they may cause damage to your lawn and flowerbeds.
While gray squirrels do not carry rabies, they can gnaw on trees, causing minor to extensive damage. In addition to chewing insulation, eastern gray squirrels can pose electrical hazards by chewing on power lines. A famous example of a squirrel chewing on a power line at a NASDAQ computer center in 1987 is a case in which they damaged a power line. A squirrel’s main purpose for gnawing on a building is to store food in the winter. They can jump up to eight feet and run up to fifteen miles per hour.
Have you noticed small, circular holes in your yard? Most of these holes are made by eastern gray squirrels. They are shallow, about two inches in diameter, and there is no soil surrounding them. These holes may be the result of squirrels digging up nutsedge weed tubers or a safe place to hide from predators. Chipmunks, on the other hand, tend to dig small, shallow burrows. They make their nests in stumps or log piles.
The first thing to do when addressing a squirrel problem is to identify where they are entering your yard. You can block their entrance points by placing plastic pipe over any utility wires. This pipe should be placed over the wire and slit lengthwise and spread open. The pipe will spin on the wire, causing the squirrel to tumble. This method will help prevent future squirrel problems, but you must be vigilant to ensure your yard remains squirrel-free.
There are two basic types of holes in your yard: skunk and squirrel. Skunks make holes in the soil about 2 inches deep, but they are much wider than squirrels. These holes are not deep and are only wide enough for the animal to enter and set seed. Squirrels and chipmunks dig holes shaped like tops, about 2 inches across, and have smooth sides. Skunks also dig small burrows and usually leave a smell behind.
Ground squirrels are difficult to spot, but you can identify the presence of their burrow entrance. Look for chewed plants, irrigation lines, and even crops. You might also see soil splattered around the hole or out of place grass. These signs will give you an idea of whether or not you have a problem with ground squirrels. And don’t be afraid to call animal control if you notice a large burrow in your yard.
If you notice what are referred to as “squirrel holes”, it’s time to take action! There are many ways to get rid of these creatures from your yard, and one of them is to purchase squirrel repellent. You can find repellents with the active ingredient Thiram in them, but there’s no guarantee that you’ll succeed in driving them away forever. Another option is to put chicken wire around your bulbs, or invest in a wire bulb cage.
While you might be inclined to think that squirrels are destructive, it’s important to remember that they tend to dig shallow holes in order to store food. They don’t damage your lawn extensively, but they do chew on your outdoor electrical cords. They also leave unsightly lumps of soil in your lawn. While the damage caused by squirrels can be disconcerting, it’s a worthwhile investment to repair the damage they’ve caused.
Jessica Watson is a PHD holder from the University of Washington. She studied behavior and interaction between squirrels and has presented her research in several wildlife conferences including TWS Annual Conference in Winnipeg.