Discovering a yard full of holes and tunnels is not only a frustrating and unsightly tripping hazard, but it can also lead you to speculate which type of burrowing animal is responsible for tearing up your lawn and garden. While most well-known burrowers are mammals like moles, gophers, chipmunks, and ground chucks, not all of those critters reside in Florida.
In order to keep nuisance wildlife from tunneling through your property, you must first identify what kind of animal is burrowing under your ground.
Common Underground Burrowing Wildlife
While many types of small animals make holes in the ground, when it comes to burrowing in residential lawns and gardens, these animals are the usual suspects.
Subterranean mammals, moles travel through complex underground tunnel systems in order to catch earthworms and insects. If you see long-stretching mounds snaking through your yard, then moles are the likely culprit.
Except cottontails, all rabbits live in underground burrows that provide shelter from predators. Such underground homes can result in sinkholes or a destroyed lawn. If you spot deep pockets along the edges of your lawn, then bunnies are to blame.
While they do not burrow underground, armadillos are known to dig up yards and gardens. The wild mammals use their sharp claws for digging as they root for grubs and insects. Deep claw marks in flower beds are a sure sign of an armadillo invasion.
Much like rabbits, rats dig temporary burrows in order to hide from predators while on their search for food and warm indoor shelter.
How to Exclude Underground Pests
One option to prevent wildlife from entering and destroying your property with their destructive digging is to create a fenced barrier around your yard’s perimeter. The slick texture of vinyl fences can prevent wildlife from scaling its tall sides, while the narrow slots of mesh-wire fencing works best to keep pests from squeezing through. Just be sure to bury the fencing between six to ten inches below ground to prevent wildlife from digging beneath it. While perimeter fencing can act as a good wildlife deterrent, it can be an expensive investment that often requires approval from Homeowners Associations before installation.
If you want effective and immediate relief from nuisance pests digging up your lawn or garden, then contact the wildlife removal experts at Critter Control® of Orlando.
Expert Underground Pest Removal in Orlando
Critter Control® of Orlando has over 30 years of experience in wildlife management and is fully licensed and trained in all types of animal removal. Our expert technicians will identify your pest, safely and humanely remove them from your property, and seal-off entry points to prevent them from returning. For more information about the services we provide, please call us today at 407-295-7194 to schedule a consultation and receive a free wildlife removal estimate.