Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Is there a critter digging up your lawn or garden?

Michigan State University Extension reports that skunks, raccoons and moles primarily dig up yards for two things: food and lodging. The time of the year makes a difference in the frequency of digging. More damage often occurs in the spring and fall.

In the fall, animals try to pick up as many calories as possible to make it through the winter. The fatter they are, the better chance they have of surviving. In the spring, these same animals are trying to regain weight, especially if there has been a great deal of snow cover or extremely cold weather. It is possible to identify the culprit by the clues left at the scene of the damage.
Soil disruption by skunks usually occurs overnight because
these animals are nocturnal feeders.

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