Why Are Skunks & Raccoons Digging Up My Lawn?
Skunks & Raccoons Digging Grass?- As a homeowner, it is important for you to understand the relationship between the presence of grubs in your lawn and a wildlife invasion.
Skunks and raccoons, in particular, enjoy feasting on the white grub larvae, plump treats for hungry wildlife.
These animals might decide to live in your yard or home so that they are close to their food supply. If you want to discourage skunks and raccoons from frequenting your yard, you should learn to control the grub population that these animals find so enticing.
Wildlife Control Control – Signs of Skunks and/or Raccoons Eating Grubs in Your Yard
Although you can dig up your yard in search of these pests, there are easier ways to find white grub larva in your yard. Some of the signs that skunks and/or raccoons are digging grass and eating grubs in your yard include:
- Torn up areas of sod (created by raccoons as they dig for grubs)
Dead patches of lawn (caused by grubs as they feed)
Round indentations in the grass (made by raccoons & skunks as they search for grub larvae)
A Look at Grub Larvae
Types of white grubs include the Japanese beetle, European chafer, and June beetle.
Grub larvae are highly active during the spring and fall months, when they come up to the surface of the ground in search of grass roots to eat. As they devour the roots, the grass begins to die, creating large patches of dead grass. This is when raccoons and skunks begin their search for grub larvae to eat.
Controlling Grubs To Stop Skunks & Raccoons From Digging Grass
Since it is much easier to control grub larvae than it is to remove skunks from your home, animal prevention services highly recommend that you learn how to control the grub population in your yard. It is better to control grubs in their earliest stages, rather than when they get older. Purchase an insect solution that targets grubs and follow the packaging instructions. Typically, you’ll need to apply the product in the early spring when the insects are hatching to get them under control. If you see adult beetles in your yard later in the summer, you should reapply the product to the lawn to kill any eggs the females lay.
Grub larvae live in the ground until they become beetles, and from the early spring until the beginning of the fall, raccoons and skunks will tear up your yard in search of them. If the animal discovers that grubs are plentiful in your yard, they will continue to feast on them and might even move into your yard or home. If you eliminate grubs from your yard, you will discourage these animals from living on your property. Insect treatments are available that can reduce the grub population in your yard, thus discouraging wildlife from making your home their home.
What Do Raccoons Eat?
If you want to discourage this animal from choosing your home
to live in, minimize the availability of food.
This type of animal loves to forage in garbage cans and pet dishes that are left outside. Always remove uneaten pet food. If possible, keep garbage cans in the garage and secure the lids to the garbage cans so that they cannot be opened easily. Open composters are like an open invitation to raccoons, so make sure that you only use one that is enclosed.
They also love to eat grubs, insects, frogs, mice, nuts, seeds, corn, berries, grapes, and acorns. If your yard has any of these, you’ll need to take precautions to keep them out of your yard. Install outdoor lights around your home to deter these creatures from trying to break into your attic in their search for a nesting place. Sprinkle oil of mustard around berry bushes or nut trees to keep the raccoons away from your yard.