If you have walked outside in your yard and noticed random holes popping up in your yard, you have a critter on your hands that you probably don't want to mess with.

It never fails, this time of year, I will walk the dogs outside in my backyard and I'll notice that there are random holes dug up in my yard. I know it's not them trying to bury a bone or anything. I thought that it could be moles, or stray cats in our neighborhood trying to dig up the moles. However, that's not the case with these holes. In fact, you will likely never catch the culprit in the act of digging these holes because you're likely asleep when they do. Oh, and in the event that you do catch the "hole bandit" in your yard, you definitely don't want to get near it.

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So, what do these holes look like? Well, they look something like this:

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Who's Responsible for These Holes in Your Yard?

If you find holes like this throughout your yard, you, my friend, have a skunk problem. As I previously said, I knew I had a skunk problem (aside from the random skunk odors that I'd smell at times) because I have noticed several holes in my yard that looked as if they were dug out by an animal. Skunks like to dig for grubs, as they are one of the skunks' favorite foods. If you've noticed some holes that look dug out by an animal in your yard lately, you might have a skunk on your hands.

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Other signs that you might have a skunk problem include garbage cans being raided, skunk tracks. and of course spotting the furry, black critters with white stripes. One thing you need to keep in mind is that they are nocturnal, so you'll typically only spot them and smell them after the sun goes down.

How To Get Rid of Skunks in Your Yard

The most effective and easy way to get rid of skunks is to call a pest control company. You can also try to live trap it yourself, but then you have to also consider what you are going to do with the skunk once you do trap it. However, there are some other things that you can try out before calling a pest control company.

The first thing you should do is to get rid of things in your yard that attracts skunks if you can. Some of these things include pet food, open garbage, plants, berries, nuts, and logs/shrubs. Also try getting rid of their food sources like grubs, earthworms, and other insects. Essentially, you want to tidy up your yard often if you have a skunk problem. You can also try some motion sensors or solar lights in your yard since skunks aren't fans of bright lights.

There are a few other DIY ways to get rid of skunks in your yard which you can find by clicking here. Again, if the problem persists after trying these tactics, it is best to call pest control to handle the situation.

(H/T- Predator Guard and Gardening Etc)

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