i just moved to a house in the woods an yesterday i discovered about 10 holes/tunnels close to my house …i don't know whats making these holes? i did see chipmucks in my yard…could that be them making holes??? theres no dirt piles, just round holes that seem to go into the ground a good foot ot more…what should i use to stop whatever is doing this???
Small holes or tunnel activity in the yard is probably the result of some small animal. Though one might think of MOLES initially, they tend to make tunnels but if any light gets inside the tunnel, they close it up. Since you're seeing open holes that appear to be used, I don't think moles are involved. It is possible that the tunnels were originally made by moles but several animals like to take advantage of abandoned mole tunnels including SHREWS, CHIPMUNKS and VOLES.
One cannot rule out the possibility that you have some NORWAY RATS burrowing, but based on you stating you're in the country, I think we can rule them out. And if it were chipmunks, I'm sure you'd be seeing them throughout the day. If not all day, certainly early morning for several hours. They're active most any morning and not afraid to be out and about so you'd be seeing them for sure. Since it doesn't sound like you've seen any evidence of any animal, I'm thinking it's most likely a vole.
If you take some time to read our article on VOLE CONTROL, you'll learn these guys can cover lots of ground. They typically make tunnels like moles but will have lots of exit/entrance holes that can be found throughout the yard. They love plants but will feed on bird seed too and many times live under or close to bird feeders. And though they're active anytime, they don't like to be out in the open so they're hard to sight. Even when they emerge on the surface of the lawn they don't linger. In most cases they're gone in 1-3 seconds so it's hard to catch them unless you know what you're looking for.
At this point I would say the best approach would be to use some of the WHOLE CONTROL REPELLENT. This bad tasting deterrent will cause them to dig elsewhere and in most cases, does a good job of keeping them off your property. If you note some other animal like chipmunks using any of these burrows, you can then opt for some of the items we have listed in our CHIPMUNK CONTROL article. But for now, the Whole Control would be your best option. I just know voles are extra active in the spring and what you describe fits them pretty well. If it's them, the repellent approach will do a good job and should get them to clear out of the yard.
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