What animal do I have to deal with?


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Old 06-27-16, 08:53 AM
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What animal do I have to deal with?

From the picture you can see an animal has taken up residence in a corner of my lawn:
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I have chipmunks, but this is nothing like their holes. The hole, itself, is 2 - 21/2" in diameter. The mound is wide and several inches tall. The hole is approx. 30' from a rocky, wooded area and approx. 100 yards from an area considered wetlands although seldom more than damp. I suspect a rat, but don't know.
 
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Old 06-27-16, 09:10 AM
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My first thought is woodchucks.

Excellent diggers, woodchucks dig both simple and complex burrow systems, whose depth and length depend on the type of soil. Most burrows are 25 to 30 feet long and from 2 to 5 feet deep, with at least 2 entrances, although sometimes more. The main entrance is often the most conspicuous, with a large mound of freshly dug dirt nearby. The other less visible entrances are used for escape purposes. A nesting chamber for sleeping and raising young is found at the end of the main tunnel; a separate toilet chamber helps keep the burrow clean. Woodchucks may have 2 burrows: a winter den, in a wooded area, that is deep enough to keep them from freezing, and also a summer den, in open flat or gently rolling areas.
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Old 06-27-16, 01:38 PM
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I found more, at the base of my foundation. It's on a slope so I'm concerned about erosion. Is there a solution other than killing them? I used a mixture of detergent and castor oil that worked for moles and I'll try that tomorrow. Any other suggestions?
 
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Old 06-27-16, 01:44 PM
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I'm pretty sure rats don't dig holes underground. Not sure if a woodchuck is the same as a groundhog, but groundhogs would be my guess. I have holes all over my back. I think you have to bomb their holes closed to chase them away, but they always come back.
My last dog used to wait for them, catch them and kill them, but not all dogs do.
 
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I have a gopher problem and their mounds look a lot like that.
 
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Old 06-27-16, 02:18 PM
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My stepson has a rat problem where they have tunneled under the road from the farm on the other side.
 
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Seems to big for a rat but you never know. Could be a young groundhog (woodchuck). They are leaving their mothers right now and looking for harborage.
 
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One of the trail cameras would sure make identification easy. Rent borrow or buy.

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Old 07-05-16, 07:36 AM
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Badger?

Do you have badgers over your way? Brother saw two of these playing in the road then they headed for home.

 
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I'm with stickshift... I would suspect a Gopher. That was my initial thought.
 
 

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