Have you noticed damages stemming from burrowing activities on your property?
If so, the next step is to identify the burrowing animals to pursue the appropriate removal method. Let’s explore the most common burrowing animals, how to identify them, and how to get rid of them.
The simplest way to identify the animal is by the diameter of the hole and the time of year.
Animal Hole Identification Table
|Time of Year Active|
|Prairie Dogs||1 to 2 in||12 in||Summer|
|Groundhogs||1.25 – 1.5 inc||8 to 12 inches||Summer|
|Moles||2 in||24 in||Summer|
|Voles||2 in||12 -23 in||Summer|
|Armadillos||2.5-3.5 inc||72 in||Summer|
|Chipmunks||2-4 inches||18 inches||Summer|
|Ground Squirrels||3.9-11.8in||12-20 Ft||Summer|
|Norway Rat||4 in||24-36 in||Summer|
|Skunk Holes||4 inches||36-48 in||Summer|
|Skunk Burrow||7 to 8 inches||60 in||Summer|
|Gophers||10-12 in||72 in||Summer|
|Rabbits||8 inches||24 in||Summer|
Some animals create dirt mounds when digging. Groundhogs, moles, and gophers all create extensive burrow systems. Each species creates mounds of dirt near the entrance to the tunnels.
You can identify the animal by the appearance of their dirt mounds.
- Fresh Soil
- Crescent- or horse-shoe shaped from above
- Plugged hole
Mole Mound (Molehill)
- Circular shaped from above
- Resembles volcano from side
- Plug might not be distinct
- Crescent-shaped mount
- Fresh dirt mound in front of the main entrance
- Located near trees or fences
Professional Wildlife Yard Control
Trying to get rid of animals digging up your yard can be time and resource-intensive. It is impractical to exclude your entire yard or property from digging animals.
You need to know which entrance the animal is using and when the animal is active for effective control. You shouldn’t wait for the animal to move on. Raccoons, skunks, foxes, and opossums will use other animal burrows to den.
Trutech Wildlife Service has the tools and experience to effectively protect your yard from digging pest animals.