help identifying holes in yard

cholmes28(7)July 15, 2014

I have about 5 small holes in my bermuda lawn. They are a bit smaller than a golf ball, and they are shallow in that the hole is only about 2-3 inches below the surface. The grass around the hole is dead, but there is no dirt mound around the hole, and there is no raised mound anywhere around them. They are connected, because I dropped a smoke bomb into one hole, and smoke came up several other holes. Any ideas on what critter is causing this? The white object next to hole in the picture is a golf ball.

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Here is another picture of the above issue.

    Bookmark   July 15, 2014 at 7:16PM
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forsheems(Lexington, NC)

Looks to me like either a mole or a vole. Moles dig holes very similar to that and feed on grubs and worms. Voles also dig holes but from what I've read they feed on the roots of grass. I've had plenty of dealings with moles and can say that I've never seen the grass die out like that around their holes so my guess would be you have a vole living in your lawn.

    Bookmark   July 15, 2014 at 9:07PM
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The only thing that is throwing me off the vole track is that there are no visible runs which connect the holes. The grass is only dead in a 2-3 inch ring around each hole. I know the holes are connected by runs, but there is no visible decay of the lawn except where the holes are.

    Bookmark   July 16, 2014 at 11:36AM
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