why do squirrels dig holes in lawn
While my comment was a bit facetious, it reflects a truth about dealing with nature. Yes in some ways squirrels are destructive with the holes in the lawn and the enlarging the hole in a birdhouse. However there is no way to keep them off the yard. If you kill them as someone suggested, in about three days, the territory will have been taken over by another squirrel who goes about his task a little quieter and less obvious. This is true with all of the wild life, chipmunks, birds, rabbits, the raptors, coyotes, etc. About two years ago, our neighbor spent $250 for the set up and then $75 a head to have someone come in and trap the racoons.
After a couple of weeks they appeared to be gone, but if you knew what to look for they just went under cover. While it is difficult to see the little holes in the yard, you have to think of it as not having to spend the money to have the yard aerated. Unless you accept them the only thing that will be accomplished is the loss of a lot of money, stress, and ulcers. You have to learn to enjoy the mother squirrel as she tries to put a roof back on the birdhouse, after she broke the roof while trying to throw another squirrel out of the house that she had used for years.
They are quite interesting little animals.
Hey look at this talk at Weston Nurseries. Saturday, April 22 Got Grubs? John Moretti, Weston Nurseries Horticulturist Japanese Beetle, Black Turfgrass Ataenius, European Chafer, Green June Beetle, Masked Chafer. International Conference? Not really. These are the types of grubs you may find in your lawn. Some grubs are ok, but if you answer yes to any of the following questions, you may want to put this workshop on your calendar.
Are you seeing animal damage to your lawn? Can you Roll Up the sod like a carpet? Have you or your neighbors had problems with grubs before? John will tell you how to determine if you have grubs and what to do to eliminate them. Sounds like grubs may be a problem (one's other than the Japanese Beetle kind? ) I know nothing about grubs -- I thought they wouldn't be out yet. This may be way off base. Here is a link that might be useful:
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