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What varmint could this be?
« on: September 28, 2019, 09:47:41 AM »
Some kind of critter is messing around in my orchard.

It seems to be active at night though not exclusively, possibly.
It is digging shallow trenches along what I believe are old tree roots from trees Iíve cut down in years past.

My guesses are: (in order of likelihood)
Possum
Armadillo
Groundhog
Raccoon

Any ideas?

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Re: What varmint could this be?
« Reply #1 on: October 01, 2019, 08:09:59 AM »
I doubt it is armadillo. They smell a grub and dig a fairly precise hole to it. I also think a possum is the most likely culprit. D

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Re: What varmint could this be?
« Reply #2 on: October 01, 2019, 10:12:39 AM »
excellent info - thanks!!
Makes sense.
Now to figure out how to discourage it.
It's not harming my trees (yet) but it makes a mess and is stirring up weed seed that will inevitably sprout next spring.

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Re: What varmint could this be?
« Reply #3 on: October 02, 2019, 07:49:23 AM »
I think I saw panther urine for sale a while back. That might scare a bunch of smaller animals away. D

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Re: What varmint could this be?
« Reply #4 on: October 02, 2019, 12:40:54 PM »
I think I saw panther urine for sale a while back. That might scare a bunch of smaller animals away. D

yeah i've seen various potions for scare purposes but i'm skeptical...i feel like in the past i'd read a lot of naysayers

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Re: What varmint could this be?
« Reply #5 on: October 20, 2019, 07:52:30 PM »
I have chipmunks that make holes in my yard. It could also be field mice.
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Re: What varmint could this be?
« Reply #6 on: November 05, 2019, 04:43:00 AM »
Look into voles

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Re: What varmint could this be?
« Reply #7 on: November 08, 2019, 09:43:01 AM »
Raccoons do dig for earthworms.
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Re: What varmint could this be?
« Reply #8 on: November 08, 2019, 10:54:56 AM »
Raccoons do dig for earthworms.

Thanks! yeah, it's something big - it's clear from the amount of disturbance.
I have trapped a couple 'possums overnight but it's hard to know if they were coming there anyway or if they were just drawn by the bait :)

I released them in the morning.

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Re: What varmint could this be?
« Reply #9 on: November 08, 2019, 02:07:41 PM »
Raccoons do dig for earthworms.

Thanks! yeah, it's something big - it's clear from the amount of disturbance.
I have trapped a couple 'possums overnight but it's hard to know if they were coming there anyway or if they were just drawn by the bait :)

I released them in the morning.

Possums will absolutely dig for grubs and they make a huge mess of it. I have to protect my vegetable garden till the roots are strong enough to deter diggers.
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